Helly Hansen Fraser Shirt and Fleece Hoodie

I’ve been using these two Helly items on my recent travels and have been well impressed. The shirt in particular is without a doubt the best travel shirt I’ve ever owned. Here’s why.

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Fraser Shirt

They Say - A technical stain resistant and lightweight quick dry shirt for outdoor adventures in warm climate.

Features

  • Lightweight mechanical stretch polyester dobby
  • 3M stain release and stain resistance finish
  • Button down collar
  • Expandable sun collar
  • Two double chest pockets with button closure on flap and velcro closure on upper pocket
  • Drainage holes on chest pockets
  • Ventilation back yoke with mesh lining
  • Roll-up sleeve with button strap attachment
  • Multiple reflective Helly Hansen printed logos
  • UPF 50+
  • Relaxed fit

To discover more, please see http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/fraser-shirt-54230/?t_type=src&COLOR=535%20RACER%20BLUE&t_type=cat

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HP Fleece Hoodie

They Say – Warm and comfortable race inspired 1/2 zip fleece hoodie for those colder days when you need a bit of extra warmth but still want to look sporty. Marine inspired graphics and large debossed marine graphic at the back adds to the great looks of this must have fleece hoodie.

Features

  • Slickface polyester fleece, 285 g/m²
  • Regular fit
  • HP concept tab at bottom hem
  • Helly Hansen silikon print at sleeve
  • Marine inspired graphics
  • Kangaroo pocket
  • Hood with drawcord adjustment
  • Raglan sleeve for freedom of movement
  • YKK® zipper at collar
  • Ribbed bottom hem and cuffs
  • Firm rib at side panels and under arms
  • Structured fleece at back panel

To discover more, please see http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/hp-fleece-hoodie-54110/?t_type=src&COLOR=964%20CHARCOAL&t_type=cat

We Say – You can see from the product description that the Fraser shirt ticks all the right boxes for the modern traveller and outdoors activity lover. It’s UPF 50+ protection allows you to stay outside all day without worrying about the harmful effects of the sun’s UV radiation. There’s also a sun collar; you can flip up the back of the collar to protect your neck which is particularly useful if the sun is behind you and you’ve only got a baseball cap on (a situation that would usually leave your neck exposed and liable to burn). Then there’s the breast pockets that have discreet drainage holes in them, a feature that I appreciated straight away as a canoeist; if you’re going to get a soaking it’s nice that your pockets can drain out of their own accord and not bulge heavy with collected water. Then there’s the fact that it’s stain resistant and very lightweight, meaning that when you’re on the road and need to wash it you can do so knowing that it’ll dry overnight (always assuming you’re not on the road in the arctic or sleeping in a very damp tent).

So all these things are great. But what I really appreciate is that it’s the most multi purpose travel shirt I’ve ever had.

Recently I’ve been on 2 trips to the Isle of Man. Both of these times I wanted to travel hand luggage only so since each trip was half athletic, half social I had to pack carefully, especially on the second trip as it was a week long and I was doing an ultra marathon every day and dining out with local officials on 3 occasions.

I chose to take this Fraser shirt on both trips as it looks good enough to wear to restaurants whilst being hardwearing enough to handle the rigours of travel. I packed it into my carry on bag – it was kind of screwed up as I had very little space to work with – and once I arrived I pulled it out and put it on. Despite being stuffed into my bag for several hours there were hardly any creases, and none at all that you’d call noticeable. Hard to believe perhaps but here are a couple of photos taken on the first trip pretty much straight after I’d put it on.

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And here’s a photo taken after the second, week long trip had ended. I’d worn the shirt to 3 restaurants without washing it and then on the plane and train journey home. As you can see there’s no visible creases, it still looks smart enough to wear out again if I wanted to. As for the smell, it dealt with that well too. I could’ve worn it out again without worrying about offending anybody.

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So, this Helly Hansen Fraser shirt is, in my opinion, a top choice for travellers who intend to combine their adventure with a little sightseeing and restaurant going in town (which is most of us). It looks smart, it doesn’t crease, it feels airy and cool to wear and it’s incredibly tough. It’ll also dry overnight easily in most situations, it’s style is timeless and the fit is perfect, just long enough in the arms and body to allow it to be either a casual or dress shirt.

Now onto the hoodie. This is a good looking, warm hoodie but less of an all-rounder than the shirt. It’s great for short city break trips where you can be fairly sure of the weather yet I wouldn’t take it camping with me as it’s a little heavy for that. For my recent trips where I knew the temperature would be around 15 degrees and I’d be staying in a hotel, it was perfect. Like the shirt it looks great and it also worked well to keep me warm when on day trips up mountains (where the temperature dropped to around 5 degrees, taking windchill into consideration). This is me on the summit of Snaefell, the Isle of Man’s highest peak.

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To hoodie was ideal for this sort of soft walking excursion; I hopped on a tram to the base of the peak and then walked around on the summit before getting the tram back. If I was in any danger of being caught outside overnight then I’d say that this hoodie isn’t the top I’d want to be wearing but for a casual hike combined with a descent into town, it’s perfect.

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So, summing up, the hoodie is a very comfy, stylish leisure top that’s excellent for soft day adventure and wearing around town or the house, whilst the Fraser shirt is the ultimate travel shirt that’s going to serve you well wether you’re climbing summits, touring the sights or dining in fancy restaurants.

To discover more about the Fraser shirt, please see http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/fraser-shirt-54230/?t_type=src&COLOR=535%20RACER%20BLUE&t_type=cat

and to discover more about the Fleece Hoodie, please see http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/hp-fleece-hoodie-54110/?t_type=src&COLOR=964%20CHARCOAL&t_type=cat

 

 

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