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​Helly Hansen warm base layer: warm freeze 1/2 zip thermal base layer top with merino

Helly Hansen are one of the oldest and most legendary outdoor clothing companies around. They know how to create great kit.

Though they don’t seem to particularly market their products to cyclists, I’ve been using Helly Hansen warm base layers every Winter for at least the last ten years. For me, they’re the perfect riding base layer.

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I particularly love the warm freeze ½ zip cycling base layer as it’s soft and warm. It keeps my skin dry and, even after I’ve climbed a hill or two, doesn’t seem to smell.  

If you’re looking for a road cycling base layer, look no further.


  • ​Made of 57% Merino and 43% Polyproplene, the clever technology means the inner fibres ensure you stay dry, while the outer, soft merino wool adds warmth and comfort.
  • ​It’s got the right amount of stretch so it’s close to your skin while also feeling comfortable.
  • ​The zip is sturdy and allows you to easily let off steam if you’re working particularly hard.
  • ​Technically this is a man’s base layer but I’ve been wearing mine for years and think it’s superb as a ladies base layer too.
  • ​It’s got a bit more styling than some base layers - the visible stitching down most seams make it look more fitted and tailored.
  • ​Built to last. I’ve had my ½ zip thermal base layer for at least five years and it still looks good.


  • It’s difficult to find fault with this wonderful piece of kit… I guess you’re unlikely to ever be wearing the top alone so the reflective patches on the arms are perhaps unnecessary.

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