Bought two Helly Hansen Dry Revolution Long Sleeve Baselayers last week and tested one of them on a hike in North Vancouver, B.C.
Over the baselayer, I wore a Patagonia Better Sweater™ as a midlayer, and a North Face Venture jacket as a wind/rain shell.
After roughly 40 minutes into my ascent I was expecting my baselayer to be at least somewhat damp, but was surprised to find it basically dry to the touch.
On a cool day (which it was) the HH Dry Revolution is warm without being too warm – just enough to take away the chill. During the decent, I packed away my midlayer and was perfectly comfortable with only the baselayer and my shell.
The fit of this particular baselayer by Helly Hansen is “skintight” without feeling like you’re suffocating or being constricted. This is a good thing since your baselayer should be worn close to the skin so the fabric can properly capture perspiration and wick it away from you. The fabric is ultra soft, stretchy, and has no seams, so it’s very cozy.
Overall I am pretty happy with the HH Dry Revolution LS baselayer. It’s lightweight, packable, very comfortable, and effectively wicks away moisture.
In a survival situation, shelter and protection from the elements is critical. Don’t forget that your clothing is your primary shelter and clothing should therefore be well thought out.
Shelters are effectively micro-climates which allow us not only to survive, but to live and settle in environments that would otherwise be quite inhospitable. Proper clothing is what allows us to leave our shelters (homes, buildings, vehicles etc.) and move around. Therefore it is essential to think of our clothing as a shelter… After all, our clothing does in fact protect us from the sun, wind, rain, snow etc…
From Helly Hansen’s website:
HH DRY REVOLUTION LS
With long sleeves for warmth and all-over wicking power, this baselayer has everything you need for maximum comfort. The HH® Dry Revolution fabric is made from new Lifa® fibres that are even softer and more effective at drawing excess heat and sweat away from your skin, allowing you to maintain an optimum body temperature throughout your activities. It has a minimum of seams, sewn with flatlock stitching for a smooth look and feel, inside and out. Lifa® stripes add a splash of colour to the lower sleeves.
HH®Dry™ Your second skin and the heart of our effective 3-Layer System™. It is a moisture super highway creating a dry layer next to the skin, keeping you comfortable during highly aerobic activities in a wide range of conditions.
Cost: Around CDN $70