Helly Hansen produces high quality, protective technical gear for work, survival and sport. They work and play in extreme and harsh environments to learn what's needed to create the best performance outdoor clothing possible.
Working closely with people who work and/or play outdoors they are continually optimizing the technology and design of their fantastic range of products.
Helly Hansen History
Back in 1877, after many years at sea, Norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife began producing oilskin jackets, trousers, Sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil.
Over the first five years they sold approximately 10,000 pieces, and in 1878 the company won a diploma for excellence at the Paris Expo.
In the 20th century, Helly Hansen made several breakthroughs in product development to complete the layering principle today known as the 3-Layer System™.
In 1949 the Helox, a thin sheet of translucent PVC plastic sewn into waterproof coats, took over from the oil based outerwear and became the must-have protection for outdoor use.
Success was almost immediate with production of 30,000 coats each month.
In 1961 they developed the original fleece, the fiberpile, which has been perfected over the years. This new insulation layer was warm, lightweight and fast-drying, and was ideal for wearing under the protective outer layer.
It was soon embraced by workers because it offered extraordinary insulation against the cold, and ventilated well during hard, physical work.
It even protected against snow and light rain, staying extremely durable and warm after many washes.
LIFA Base Layer
The layering story was completed in the 1970s, with the development of LIFA. The fibre used in LIFA keeps the skin dry and warm by pushing moisture away from the body, making it the ideal base layer fabric for outdoor and work wear use. The latest generation of LIFA is still used in their base layers today.
Helly Tech Technology
In 1980, the Helly Tech technology was launched, using both hydrophilic and micro porous technology. This technology makes the outdoor clothing both waterproof and breathable and means that anyone who participates in high-activity outdoor sports can expect their clothing to work with them, not against them.
The heritage from Helly Juell Hansen is still the cornerstone of Helly Hansen.
Today their gear is used by world-class sailors, skiers and adventurers who spend their time battling nature’s forces, and demand full protection and performance in the worst and most extreme conditions.