Helly Hansen Warm Boxer ReviewJanuary 6, 2016
- Excellent wicking performance
- Versatile temperature regulation
- Soft next to skin
- Some fit issues
With Helly’s wicking LIFA synthetic fabric on the skin side and a layer of merino wool on the outside, these boxers optimize the benefits of both fibers. The LIFA is soft and draws moisture off the skin, while the merino pulls the moisture further away and adds warmth and no stink properties. It’s a versatile combo that kept us dry, and thus warm, in a variety of situations. These are a great choice for a winter aerobic base.
LIFA has proven itself to be an excellent wicking synthetic fiber, pulling sweat off the skin and drying fast. That remains true for these. The merino exterior helps, pulling the moisture further from the skin and pushing it towards the next layer.
Not as fast as the all-synthetic options, but these boxers dried fast after a thorough soaker. And with the LIFA’s fast wicking they felt dry next to skin even when they were still damp on the exterior.
A full elastic waistband and a snug fit, particularly on the legs, held these boxers firmly in place. We never felt any riding up or shifting.
Snug is good, but these bordered on the too tight, particularly for testers with bigger quads. The LIFA fiber is nice and soft next to skin and Helly paid attention to seams, keeping them flat and irritation free.
As the heaviest feeling of the boxers we tested, they were also the warmest. Overkill for warm weather use, but awesome for the cool, cold or when you know you’ll get wet. They locked in heat well, keeping important bits in good shape.