Norwegian company Helly Hansen have been in the game for a long time now and continue to lead the way when it comes to producing cosy, moisture wicking, quick drying, base layers.
Advances in mixed fibre weaving have led to the creation of the Life Merino range - stylish, long lasting and highly effective baselayers that combine 100% merino with Helly Hansen's Lifa technology. Merino wool is one of the best thermal regulators out there and the Lifa Fabric is at the top of the game when it comes to keeping the user dry. The result is a seriously warm, high performance win-win.
The Lifa Merino Max baselayers come with iconic Helly Hansen styling and feel beautifully soft feel next to the skin. Combine this with a comfortable, articulated, slim but not overly body hugging cut, and you have a baselayer that looks great and performs impressively well.
Mixing the fibres has pros and cons in terms of odour and durability. By adding in Lifa, the long term durability is improved but the flip side is that you lose a little in terms of whiff-minimising performance. The difference is only minimal however and unlikely to be noticed unless you're heading off into the wilds for a month.
Overall, the Lifa Merino baselayers are a reasonably priced, warm, effective and comfortable combo. A new firm winter favourite at Snow Magazine HQ.