Helly Hansen Lifa Dry Pant and Lifa T
As winter draws near the temperatures are starting to drop and the number of layers we wear are starting to increase. Especially when going on an outdoor adventure. The popular 3 layer system consists of a base layer, an insulation layer, and a protective (usually water repellent) layer. This popular system allows for flexibility when in the outdoors and is a proven system. The Helly Hansen Lifa Pant and Lifa T are a great lightweight base layer set to add to your layers.
Helly Hansen Lifa Light, the material used in both of these garments, is a performance baselayer, delivering lightweight insulation and comfort for everyday use and high performance activities. HH Lifa light constructed with 100% Lifa fiber is quick-dry, very breathable and super lightweight. Continually perfected over the last 40 years, Lifa Stay Warm technology is the unique ingredient of all Helly Hansen base layers.
Both the Helly Hansen Lifa T and Lifa Pant offer great styling. The outer seams on both the Lifa T and Lifa Pant are striped. This adds a very nice look to the garments, and leaves me feeling pretty cool about myself. Most base layer garments are pretty basic, and rightly so. Most of the time they go unseen. Helly Hansen has strayed from the norms with their base layer and has added a subtle, but bold look that makes you want to show them off a little.
Helly Hansen Lifa Pant and Lifa T are both very thin and lightweight. You will barely notice that you are wearing them. They are perfect for those warmer ski days, fall hikes, or anything else in between. They are very breathable, while still providing a little bit of warmth. Unfortunately, they lack stretch. This isn’t really a problem with the Lifa T because it fits loosely. However, the Lifa Pant can feel a bit restricting at first. I noticed this immediately when I tried on my Helly Hansen Lifa Pant for the first time because I could barely squeeze my ankle through the bottom of the pant. After a few uses and washes they have worn in and become comfortable. I will also point out that the sizes of the the Helly Hansen Lifa Pant seem to run small. I usually wear a size medium pant, but the large is definitely the right size for me at 6 feet tall. The Helly Hansen Lifa T size medium fits me perfectly as I would expect a medium to do.
I would highly recommend these garments for any outing where you just need a light base layer. They are great for establishing a barrier between you and any mid layer or outer layer without adding too much warmth. They are thin enough that I am able to comfortably wear them under any pair of pants or any other shirt. The Lifa T fits just right. The only con I see with this base layer set is the lack of stretch in the Lifa Pant.