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Helly Hansen HP smock top

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By Peter Tranter

Total waterproof breathable protection in a flexible and lightweight spray top.

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We’ve long tested Helly Hansen kit and though primarily aimed at the sailing and general outdoor market , they are nonetheless very applicable to the paddling sector, especially where base layers are concerned. In the kayak/canoe arena, a smock top is more generally known as a cag and in that sense the HH top is up against some serious competition that is aimed squarely at paddlers.

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Cags are specifically designed for differing environments and the HH top fits neatly into touring and recreational. The Helly Tech Protection fabric, combined with the adjustable neck and collar cuffs will keep you dry all day long against spray and rain. Both the neck and cuffs are PU with the usual velcro, whilst the adjustable waist is neoprene/velcro that makes it very easy to get on or off and aids you to quickly cool down when loosened. To be honest unless you intend or unintentionally go for a swim, the combination will keep you very dry in most situations.

On the front of the top there is a very large kangaroo pouch, which will allow you to carry various belongings with you through the day plus a clip to extra guarantee some important items will not be lost.

The HH material is typically both light and more importantly, breathable, which all-in-all, makes it a very easy top to paddle and live.

Tech specs

  • Waterproof, windproof and breathable
  • Two ply fabric construction
  • Fully seam sealed
  • Durable Water Repellency treatment (DWR)
  • Unlined for performance
  • Quick dry inside
  • Hip length
  • Adjustable PU neck and cuffs
  • Adjustable neoprene hem
  • Kangaroo pocket
About thepaddlerezine (654 Articles)
Editor of The Paddler magazine and Publisher of Stand Up Paddle Mag UK.

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