If you have been looking for an outdoor jacket lately, you will probably have come across the name HELLY TECH®. The fabric technology by Norwegian brand Helly Hansen has made quite an impact in the outdoor sports world.
Primarily featured in high-quality outdoor jackets, the waterproof and breathable fabric construction ranks up there with the best technologies on the market. But what is this fabric technology all about? What makes it stand out from the rest, and why should you spend your hard-earned money on a HELLY TECH® garment?
INTERSPORT Rent asked the experts at Helly Hansen what makes their technology so special and has compiled the key facts about HELLY TECH® for you.
HELLY TECH® is a waterproof and breathable fabric technology. Its special membrane construction keeps out water molecules, while allowing sweat vapour to pass through. This means that garments featuring HELLY TECH® keep you dry from the outside and comfortable on the inside.
The technology was created by Norwegian outdoor brand Helly Hansen in collaboration with professionals and is used in many of their garments. Its purpose: to provide weather protection and breathability.
HELLY TECH® is a tough weatherproof outer layer designed for the harshest conditions. Basically, it’s a combination of three different layers:
The unique construction combines a microporous membrane with a hydrophilic lining. While the microporosity allows for water vapours to move to the outside, it prevents bigger droplets from rain or snow from passing through. The hydrophilic lining also helps the water vapour to quickly escape to the outside.
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Depending on the weather conditions, there are three different types of this technology, called performance levels.
HELLY TECH® is used in numerous Helly Hansen products, for instance in most of their ski clothing. Depending on the purpose, the garments boast either HELLY TECH® Performance or HELLY TECH® Professional.
If you’re looking for a high-end ski jacket with HELLY TECH® Professional, INTERSPORT Rent recommends the SWIFT 3L Shell Jacket. Alternatively, the Kickinghorse Jacket is a great insulated jacket featuring HELLY TECH® Performance. Both are a perfect choice to brave the elements.
Under the HELLY TECH® Professional umbrella, Helly Hansen has launched an exciting new technology: LIFA INFINITYTM. What makes this development so special is the fact that the membrane is produced without the use of chemicals. LIFA INFINITYTM is a responsible, professional-grade waterproof and breathable technology without any added PFCs, making it both innovative and sustainable.
In addition to LIFA INFINITYTM there’s also LIFA INFINITY PROTM. The difference between the two? LIFA INFINITYTM is an infinity membrane with an outer fabric of recycled polyester and a PFC-free DWR. LIFA INFINITY PROTM, on the other hand, is an infinity membrane with an outer fabric made from 100% LIFA® fibers (polypropylene), which have inherent water-repellency properties.
Sounds interesting? If you’re looking for a high-quality outdoor jacket without chemical treatments, you might want to have a look at Helly Hansen’s Odin Mountain Infinity Shell Jacket or their Elevation Infinity 2.0.
You would first like to put the qualities of HELLY TECH® to the test before actually buying a jacket? At INTERSPORT Rent, you can rent a number of high-quality Helly Hansen products to stay warm and comfortable in the snow.
Don’t hesitate to ask the RENTertainers on site for their top picks – they will be happy to share their expert knowledge with you!