Helly Hansen Company History
Helly Hansen's heritage makes it a truly genuine outdoor clothing manufacturer.
The company's history dates right back to 1877 and a Norwegian sea-captain called, surprisingly,
Helly Hansen, who started producing linen-oil skin outerwear for fishermen and sailors.
Thanks to massive success in the Scandanavian market and a number of international awards,
the Helly Hansen company was able to re-invest money into further textile research and as the
20th century unfolded it was at the forefornt of several product breakthroughs such as Linox,
Lin-o-let, Helox and Fibrepile - which, thanks to its popularity amongst lumberjacks, kickstarted
the multi-layering principle that is now commonplace in outdoor wear.
The start of the North Sea oil industry in the 1970s, along with the development of LIFA (a base-layer
fibre that kept the skin dry by pushing moisture away from the body and through the material) further
increased the demand for the company's products and allowed them to create their next advance in the
1980's - Helly Tech, allowing Helly Hansen's products to be both breathable and waterproof (tiny pores
allow water vapour to pass out but no rain dropelets to get in).
Despite being taken over a couple of times since the late 1990's the company remains based in Norway,
and remains an innovate company looking for new breakthorughs in textiles and products.
Thanks in no small part to the company's seafaring history, its products are obviously very popular
amongst sailors, fishermen, ocean industries and water-sports, but it's also gained a healthy following
in snow sports too.
Helly Hansen Style
There's nothing too flashy about Helly Hansen gear, it's pretty similar to the functionality side of things - it just pretty much
gets on with things and does it's stuff. Some basic coloured jackets, a few patterned ones, even a couple of throwbacks to 80's
jackets thrown in there with the contrast coloured-panels.
And if it's important to you that people know what you're wearing then the HH logo is now very well known off the slopes too.
Helly Hansen - Performance
Helly Hansen prides itself on its innovative history - breakthroughs and research into new textiles and products
so the performance of it's all-weather gear is usually pretty high. Remember, this is stuff that's traditionally been
used amongst Noway's ocean industries, it's fishermen, it's sailors. So if it can keep them relatively warm and dry
out in the perils of the North Sea you should be ok with it for a few years on the slopes !
Helly Hansen - Pricing
You're looking at between £150 and £250 for the majority of Helly Hansen's jackets, which makes it a decent
alternative if you want a hard-wearing, solid jacket but don't have the extra money to spend on some of the premium brands.
Helly Hansen - Stockists
Helly Hansen clothing is available at the following Ski and Snow-sports Shops:
Helly Hansen - Useful Links