Helikon-Tex Windrunner Shirt
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- Last updated: 20/11/2017
Helikon-Tex have started to categorise their clothing and equipment, as it makes life far easier when you’re looking for a particular item. As a keen outdoorsman, I’m therefore every bit as interested in what they have in the ‘Outback’ and ‘Bushcraft’ categories, in addition to the ‘Range’ and ‘Patrol’ lines, as good outdoor equipment can act as the backbone for any situation.
The ‘Outback’ line is their technical clothing and accessories line; everything from base-layers through all intermediate levels of insulation for both dynamic and static activities, to outer layers including windshirts, softshells, hardshells and Climashield parkas. Accessories developed for the Outback Line will focus on travel, gear packing and outdoor expeditions.
The new Windrunner windshirt is an ideal carry item, because of its minimum weight and size when folded. At just 190g (size XL) its ultra-light, tightly-woven Nylon fabric protects you from the wind, and if the DWR coating is regularly maintained, also from light rain. Mesh ventilation slats in armpits allow increased air circulation, and on a cooler day, worn on top of a fleece, it keeps your all-important core warmth from escaping and protects against wind chilling. There’s a large front channel pocket and two small flat pockets inside the larger pocket. There’s also a lightweight hood, elasticated cuffs and a drawstring hem, and that’s it. On a garment like this though, you don’t need a massive amount of features, as that just increases bulk and weight.
The Windrunner has been with me a little over a month now and I have to admit that I absolutely love it and have worn it almost daily; it’s a superb piece of kit that gives you just that little extra protection when things start to get cooler, and therefore I would thoroughly recommend it to you. I am really enjoying the roll out of the new Helikon categories, and rest assured I’ll update things just as soon as another test piece arrives in the office!