The bike clothing that performs best often has quieter designs, which combine fabrics and fit without too much fussy detail. We enjoyed wearing the Helium a lot – although we’d be grateful if manufacturers would stop using ‘Helium’ as a name. The raglan sleeves offer great shoulder freedom, and the arms are full enough for layering underneath but slim at the forearm so they don’t flap.
The cuffs and hem use a stretch softshell to provide fit, rather than needing drawcords or tab adjusters – it works well and the lack of ‘bits’ is refreshing. There are grippers at the hem each side to help keep it all in place and, although the collar is higher than others we’ve worn with an asymmetric zip, it’s soft and therefore comfortable.