The story of Helly Hansen started in 1877. After many years at sea, Norwegian captain Helly Juell Hansen and his wife Maren Margarethe began producing oilskin jackets, trousers, sou'westers and tarpaulins, made from coarse linen soaked in linseed oil.
In the 20th century, Helly Hansen made several breakthroughs in product development to complete the layering principle today known as the 3-Layer System™. In 1949 Helly’s innovative Helox fabric eclipsed oilbased outerwear and became the must-have protection for outdoor use. In the early 1980’s, the Helly Tech line was launched, using both hydrophilic and microporous technology, which meant the garment was both waterproof and breathable. The evolution of breathable, waterproof jackets had a profound effect on the outdoor industry. Helly Hansen now produces some of the most technical outerwear garments on the market.
The heritage from Helly Juell Hansen is still in Helly Hansen's cornerstone. Today Helly Hansen gear is used by world-class sailors, skiers and adventurers who spend their time in the harshest environments, and demand full protection and performance when the conditions are at their worst.
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