Sunshine Paddling with the Helly Hansen Solen Collection

Long, self-powered days on the water—this is something we need more of this summer. And we will venture even farther out to find the remotest safe spots we can. Since there’s no shade on a paddleboard, canoe or kayak, we need the right protection from the sun. And the Helly Hansen Solen Collection provides just that.

The Solen Collection originates from the Norwegian word “sun” and offers comfort and sun protection with the combination of LIFA Active and the S’café fiber.

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The Men’s HH LIFA Active Solen Hoodie. Photo: Helly Hansen

The S’café fiber on the face fabric features recycled polyester that has recycled coffee grounds infused into it during the fiber creation process, which provides a UPF rating of 50+, and never wears out or washes off. The inside of the Helly Hansen Solen collection features the LIFA fiber which is completely hydrophobic, immediately moving moisture to the outer layer, to keep you dry and comfortable in warm or high-intensity situations. The collection’s lightweight, quick-dry, and moisture-managing fabric allows for UPF 50+ protection, both when wet or dry, regardless of the color of the garment (which can change the UPF rating). This functionality will protect you and keep you comfortable in all environments, ranging from the ocean to the alpine.


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Helly Hansen Solen Collection gear review
Women’s Solen Printed Watershorts. Photo: Helly Hansen