Designs from a life on the road

Helix Midlayer Jacket by Icebreaker

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I came across the Icebreaker Helix long sleeve, midlayer jacket looking to replace a soft shell I stoopidly lost on by not closing a bag properly!

It costs how much! As a first reaction, I guess we are all gonna do that.

Now that we have lived in them for a while the testing crew and I reckon they are worth every cent. Just don't lose the bloody thing!

The perfect final layer needs to be

  • Light
  • Breatheable and regulate temperature
  • Made of natural fibres where possible
  • A bit slippery to move inside the jacket
  • Very presentable for evening wear
  • High warmth for weight ratio
  • Windproof
  • Easily washed and quick to dry
  • Long lived
  • Easy to get a jacket over .... and off!
  • Cosy, with hand warmer pockets
  • Long in the arms

I reckon we have ticked all those boxes with Icebreaker Helix jacket.

I'd worn my Helix jacket for a few months trialling it but it wasn't until Tomaselli, Tontine and I had a week in Tassie that the future was clear. Other rider would reeaaally like these too. They have hardly taken theirs off since. Some bugger talked me into selling mine to him so I have to wait for new stock to come in to replace it.

As most people who have worked out, we don't do cheap... That's the point. No two dollar shop nasties here!

 Email for availability and Lady's sizes.

Every jacket comes with a free return label in case you need to return for a size change.

The downside (yes there always has to be one) is that Icebreaker didn't see their way making jackets for bikers.

The largest size is 2XL but, they are a pretty big cut and meant to be worn snug.

I usually wear Large in this sort of thing but I'm very comfortable in Medium.


A free return post sticker will come with (email us if we forget) your jacket for exchange or refund. Naturally it must come back brand new, unmarked.

This is what Icebreaker reckon

The men's Helix Long Sleeve Zip is made with repurposed and highly insulating MerinoLOFT™, giving outstanding loft and minimal bulk. The recycled Polyester exterior is durable and sheds light precipitation, while a wool lining ensures a cozy feel and breathability inside. Ideal for fighting off shoulder season chill and light rain as an outer layer, the Helix Long Sleeve Zip also makes an incredibly warm insulating layer for winter sports worn under a hardshell.
  • Fabric:  
    100% Recycled Polyester body,
  • 39% merino/45% Nylon/16% LYCRA® side panels,
  • 70gm Icebreaker MerinoLOFT™ insulation,
  • 100% wool heather lining
  • Product Weight:  
    Medium = 470 g / 16.58 oz
  • Fit:  Slim
  • Layer:  
    Mid Layers
  • Best for:  
    Snow Sports,  Outdoor & Hiking
  • Benefits:  
    Extreme Warm, lightweight, wind and weather protection
  • Features:  
    Icebreaker MerinoLOFT™ technology, secure zippered front hand pockets, secure zippered internal stash pocket with media cord port, internal storm flap, stretch binding at collar and hem, stretch side panels
Machine wash. Dries fast in the shade, but do not tumble dry. Exact instructions on the care label

It's not rocket science.

When you take off your Helix you need somewhere to put the bloody thing.

We've made a super lightweight, tent fly, drawstring bag.


  • 40 cm x 23 cm
  • Black 70 denier ripstop.
  • Shock cord drawstring
  • Made in Australia (by us).

Fits Helix, Cloudburst, Rano, Tempest and lots of other stuff.

User Reviews

  • Love this jacket!

    I haven't had this thing off since buying it - it's definitely the best midlayer I've ever bought. It's light and flexible under a bike jacket, and somehow manages to be cosy in the cold without being stifling when things warm up. The stretch panels down the sides are great for flexibility when moving around and the jacket runs true to size. I use the thumb holes to get the bike jacket on over the top of the Helix, then pull my thumbs out for comfort; but I imagine that if it didn't bother you, the thumb holes would leave no bare skin between sleeve and glove - ideal in winter. Highly recommended.

    2 years ago

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