The DWMRT review their latest kit from Helly Hansen
- Tuesday 18th August, 2020
- By Paul
DMWRT: The volunteer emergency responders put the latest HH outdoor collection to the test
Members of the DWMRT team are currently putting the Helly Hansen Summer 2020 outdoor collection through its paces. As volunteers who put their own safety on the line to help those who find themselves in trouble in extreme environments, the DWMRT have very specific needs.
Trust is earned. And trust in your kit – whether enjoying the outdoors for pleasure or working in extreme conditions – can make a huge difference. As Phillip from the DWMRT team says, “Trust in your kit is 90% of the battle. The more comfortable we feel, the more comfortable we are treating the patient, and our kit can play a much bigger role than we realise in aiding all these factors.”
Another team member helping to trial and develop the kit is John Kavanagh. He adds, “Trust in any garment to provide protection is very important in the outdoors. Protection from the elements is vital, both for simply enjoying being outdoors, and to avoid the risk of hypothermia.”
Read on to find out more about which pieces are being trialled and what the team think:
The Verglas 3L Shell Jacket is first on the list. A durable, all-around 3L shell jacket, this is the ideal companion for all outdoor adventures, no matter the conditions. Benefitting from HELLY TECH® Professional fabric in a 3-layer construction, it is a waterproof, windproof and breathable jacket that is super lightweight and versatile enough to wear layers comfortably underneath it, or to wear alone on warmer days.
Philip McRory says, “It’s light and free moving nature will make working in it far easier and more comfortable. Although this jacket is light and easy to move in, it still gives the feeling of a very durable jacket, which is something I really like. It’s also very easy to pack into a rucksack and carry in case of a change in the weather. And it looks pretty cool!”
Ed Fagan adds, “The weight, low bulk and pit zips for venting are key features for me in this jacket. The fabric also feels much nicer than previous hard shells we’ve used.”
From the ladies’ perspective, Fiona Kelly says, “Because we need to carry quite a lot of kit on the hills, I will always go for a really lightweight jacket without compromising on protection from the elements. This means I can move quickly because I’m not weighed down. The helmet-compatible hood is a nice bonus as often we can be on a long stretcher carry out when the weather changes and being able to pull a hood up and over the helmet easily makes all the difference.”
The Vimer 3l Shell Jacket is a classic jacket for anyone working or playing in the outdoors this season. It benefits from a Helly Tech Professional membrane keeping the wearer waterproof and breathable, with 20,000g/m waterproofness and 15,000g/m moisture vapour permeability. The hardshell fit provides maximum protection and enough room for layering pieces on colder days.
John Kavanagh is trialling this jacket and says, “This jacket is breathable, but it also gives a great feeling of protection from the elements. The extra length at the back is a great addition, keeping rain outside where it’s supposed to be. The ventilation zips are a very useful feature, particularly on a milder day. The helmet-compatible hood is a vital feature for anyone who regularly wears a helmet in the outdoors, and the minimal seams really do help to prevent chafing under backpack straps.”
M Brady adds, “Clearly a lot of thought and design has gone into this jacket and the bottom line is that it works. It’s a simple design but has all the features you need. It’s very lightweight and best of all, it is actually a fully breathable shell jacket.”
The team have also been using Helly Hansen’s S.Cafe recycled coffee bean, UPF 50+ sun protection Solen range. A collection of protective and stylish, sustainable tees, baselayers, shorts and hoodies. Ed commented on the importance of protection offered in these pieces. He says, “This is a vital piece for Summer and can be an essential safety feature in bad winter conditions. Moisture management is very important to our team and Helly Hansen is renowned for this in its baselayers.”
Fiona adds, “Being outside for long periods of time means sun protection is needed, even on the most overcast of days. For this reason, I always opt for long-sleeved base layers.”And John highlighted the importance of the kit that he’s wearing is responsibly sourced and manufactured. He says, “This is very important to me. Kit being environmentally friendly is often the basis for choosing to buy one garment over another.”
Perfect for any activity this season, the Vanir Brono Pant is a water-repellent softshell trouser with durable stretch material. The dynamic fit allows for comfortable movement during many conditions. They benefit from articulated knees, gusset in the crotch, two dump pockets and lower leg cuffs with two shock cord adjustments.
Philip was impressed by the fit. He says, “The fit and comfort is, without a doubt, my favourite thing about these pants. The added flexibility of a softshell pant makes a considerable difference, especially when treating a patient on the hill!”
Ed adds, “These will be great for activities in cooler or mildly damp weather. Generally, they will keep you comfortable and protected, which is key.”
The team will also be trialling and using the Brono Shorts. Ed says, “They are very comfortable, yet hardwiring fabric, we’re confident these are built to last!”
As part of Helly Hansen’s partnership, the DWMRT team will continue to put the kit through its paces and feedback on changes they would like to see before we deliver them a bespoke uniform that is perfect for their needs. We’ll keep you updated!
To celebrate the partnership between the DWMRT, Helly Hansen and ourselves, we have some free limited edition Mizu Thermos bottles worth €40.00 to give away with any purchase of Helly Hansen Rain Jackets, Rain Pants or Trek Pants. These bottle keep hot drinks hot and cold drinks cold, read on for more info. Offer applies in-store only.
•To receive a free HH Mizu bottle, a full-priced Helly Hansen jacket or pant must be purchased in-store.
•Only one free HH Mizu bottle will be given per customer.
•There are no cash alternatives, exchanges, or refunds for the HH Mizu bottle.
•You must return the HH Mizu bottle (unused) with any returned purchases.
•The offer is only valid at Great Outdoors, 53/54 South Great George’s Street
•This offer is not available in any other outlet or online.
•This offer is valid from 1st September 2020 until 30th September 2020 and is subject to stock availability.
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