Big fans of Helly Hansen here at SN, we have been putting their latest AW20 launches to the test.
Encompassing both menswear and womenswear options, first up is the brand-new Mono Material Insulator outerwear, coats and jackets comprising singular material construction.
The Mono Material is Helly Hansen’s brand-new environmentally conscious fabric, found within their urban and outdoor category. Featuring garments made from singular material construction, this takes an entire clothing life cycle into consideration- meaning they’re both easy to care for and recycle afterwards.
Within this range, the Urban Liner is entirely polyester. The insulation is created using 100% downfeel polyester, the new Mono Material Insulator. Featuring doubleweave stitch-free techniques, the Liner is sleek, comfortable and lightweight. Environmental responsibility and sustainability at the forefront of the Mono Material, another key goal is textile to textile recycling. Because, when recycled into new fabric, monomaterials keep more of their original value and performance than other mixed fibres.
I’ve been trialling the Mono Material Coat in Beluga (£190). A gorgeous olive coloured hooded coat from Helly Hansen’s Urban collection, it is 100% recyclable (only the zipper needs removed). Lightweight and slimline, the long length coat is machine washable. Being a mum and freelancer in Northumberland, I spend my days between the school gate, walking Ziggy (our spaniel) and heading to meetings. This coat works well for all elements of my life, offering a durable, breathable coat which is shower resistant.
As well as zip hand ones, the sizeable inner pockets are extremely useful, for stashing everything from my phone to dog treats, and now of course, face masks as well. Warm but not bulky, the coat has a streamlined look ensuring I can wear it for different outings. Plus, you could layer up under the coat when colder weather comes and enjoy its brilliant versatility. What I love about Helly Hansen coats is their functionality meets a timeless aesthetic, so you don’t need to compromise on style. Garments are thoughtfully created using innovative technology and expert intuition, and they look really good too.
Variations of the Mono Material Coat are available, like the shorter Mono Material Insulator in Black, Arrowwood and Pelican, plus the Mono Material Hooded Coat in Beluga, Black and Navy.
My husband, meanwhile, got the big treat of some Pinecliff Boots in Black (£119). Full-grain leather waterproof boots with a water repellent mesh, they are comfortable, hardwearing, stylish walking boots. The premium high-quality leather creates an impressive hiking boot, which you can buy in a Honeywheat shade too.
I’ll admit that Chris is mostly responsible for the extra long Ziggy walks, so he has been walking through fields, muddy terrain, over rocks and across the coast in his new Pinecliff Boots. And equally, as they are smart and classic, he’s worn them on less rural occasions too.
Similar to my new coat, the high performance features are paired with chic outerwear elements, making for a strong overall look suitable for different days of the week. From a style point of view, I’m loving the neon detailing on the boot’s tongue and lace holes.
And like all Helly Hansen garments before these, I know that we will wear (and thoroughly enjoy) both the boots and coat for many years to come.
Find out more over at hellyhansen.com