We’ve been checking out 3 different styles of Helly Hansen underwear recently. None of them are, strictly speaking, purely running underwear, they’re more general purpose and cold weather wear. But having spent last winter trying to keep my marathon training up in temperatures as low as minus 30, and being worried on many occasions that my vitals were going to suffer some serious long-term damage, I felt it was time to discard the excellent but silk-thin running underwear I’ve been wearing year-round and invest in some serious cold weather kit instead.
The first pair of underwearÂ I’ll talk of are the HHÂ®WARM BOXER
They Say -Â Stay warm, dry and comfortable with the unique 2-layer combination of Merino Wool and Lifa(r) Stay Dry Technology.
We Say – I thought that perhaps these would be slightly uncomfortable due to them being wool and thicker/heavier than my usual sports underwear but I’ve found them very comfortable to wear next to the skin. On days where the temperature is between 5 and 12-ish degrees these are perfect under a pair of leggings or longer shorts for mid distance runs.
For longer runs on colder days I’ve been putting my thin running underwear on as a first layer and then these over the top. The outfit is still very comfy and as well as providing extra warmth it does stop any possible chaffing that may occur from wearing a heavier piece of clothing than I’m used to for upwards of 3 hours in testing conditions. Not that I’ve found this to be an issue so far (I smear Vaseline or body-glide on and I’m always fine) it’s just that I’m cautious, especially on long runs. Nothing worse that finding out 15km from home that you’re starting to chaff and then have to limp back in pain, so I tend to stick with underwear that is tried and tested over the years.
In saying that, the moisture control on these pants is great. I come back from a mid distance run (15km or so) and although the underwear is damp, as you’d expect, there’s no way it would cause me any discomfort and it’s far less wet than a thinner pair of underwear that hasn’t been built for use during outdoor activities. So although I haven’t worn them yet on any marathon length runs, I’m at the stage now, after a month of wearing these, where I have confidence that they’ll not chaff me.
Here in Canada the temperature stays below zero for months on end so these underwear, combined with a few other items of clothing, will go some way to making exercising during this time a more enjoyable affair. I’d recommend these for anybody who’s out in the cold for any length of time; runners, skiers and outdoors sports people for sure but also ithose who are working in a colder environment, or walking to and from work in the cold.
To discover more, please seeÂ http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/hhwarm-boxer-48416/?t_type=src&COLOR=990%20BLACK&t_type=cat
The second pair of under I’ve been testing out are the HHÂ®WARM BOXER WINDBLOCK
They Say – Stay warm, dry and comfortable with the unique 2-layer combination of Merino Wool and Lifa(r) Stay Dry Technology. In addition, a windblock front panel keeps your essentials protected against the cold winter winds.
- Helly Hansen logo on waistband
- Elastic waistband
- Fly front
- Flatlock stitching
- Alergy neutral
- Non itch
- Lightweight first and second layer
- Merino wool warmth
- Dry next to skin
- LIFAÂ®Stay Dry technology
We Say – There were times last winter, when the wind blew in off Lake Ontario and took the chill down to lower than minus 25, that I really felt my vitals were in danger. I had 2 pairs of leggings on, 2 underwear and a fleece beanie stuff down the front of my leggings yet still I had that feeling that said “if you stay out in this much longer your chances of staying in one piece will be very slim”.
These underwear look the same as the Warm Boxer and they are very similar, except these are even better for windy conditions as they have the windproof section at the front. So, they’re every bit as comfy as the Warm Boxer but if you’re regularly running, hiking or just being outdoors in exposed, windy winter conditions these are my preference solely because of the extra protection the windproof panel offers.
You might well consider these expensive at Â£35 a pair but if you’ve experienced a windy winter chill and had that feeling of concern that I’ve had then you’ll probably agree that it’s money well spent. I’ll be outdoors running almost every day this winter and these will be my go-to underwear when the wind blows hard. I dare say I’ll wear them as a second layer, over the thin running underwear I spoke of before, although on days when it’s just zero yet windy these will do the job perfectly.
If you’re a trailÂ runner, or just somebody who’s going to be outdoors in sports clothing for a few hours at a time in sub zero, then I’d say these underwear should definitely be in your closet.
To discover more, please seeÂ http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/hhwarm-boxer-windblock-48431/?t_type=src&COLOR=990%20BLACK&t_type=cat
2-PACK COTTON BOXER
They Say -Â Dress to get undressed in colourful soft cotton underwear from Helly Hansen.
We Say -Â These are excellent 3-season underwear. They feel great, look great and although they’re not especially made for running they do the job fine on anything up to a mid distance. My set are orange and purple (not black as in the photo) and I like the colours a lot. I can see why Helly say “get dressed to get undressed” as I do feel pretty good when I strip down to these at home or at the gym. I know, I know, I’m an advanced, ethically minded sort of guy who should be above caring what his underwear looks like. ButÂ there you go, that’s what a well designed product does to me.
Discover more about these underwear atÂ http://shop.hellyhansen.com/gb/item/2-pack-cotton-boxer-67955/?t_type=src&COLOR=991%20BLACK%20%2F%20ORANGO&t_type=cat
In Summary I’d say that I’m happy I’ve got all 3 of these styles of underwear in my closet as they’re all serving different purposes. The cotton boxers are my everyday set, the warm boxer is for when it gets cold and for when it’s extremely cold and the chill is coming mainly from the wind then the windproof version is very valuable indeed. These are the perfect Christmas gift, for the man who wants to stay a man, whatever the temperature.