Alf tests the lightweight and breathable Dry Performance Crew from Helly Hansen - a classic when it comes to base layers and thermal tops.

PRICE: £30

WEBSITE: Helly Hansen

WHAT THEY SAY: "A new progressive design featuring HH®Dry construction with LIFA® technology, the extremely breathable and super-lightweight performance baselayer. This long-sleeve provides moisture management during aerobic activities and is ideal for climbing, skiing, sailing, and sports training. Comfortable and functional as an insulating layer for everyday use, featuring cuffs and a regular fit. Continually perfected over the last 40 years, Lifa® Stay Dry technology is the unique ingredient of all Helly Hansen base layers."

WHAT ALF SAYS: This is a bit of a classic – it’s rare you don’t see Helly Hansen’s famous stripes on a ski trip, especially if you’re touring, and there’s good reason for that – it works.

HH’s ‘Dry’ fabric construction with LIFA Stay Dry technology is extremely breathable and very lightweight, making it ideal for any aerobic activity. The ‘Dry’ fabric effectively moves moisture away from your skin through its mesh design, and is specifically designed for use in the kind of temperatures you can expect to find in the mountains in winter.

The Performance Crew has flatlock seams to prevent chafing against, for example, rucksack straps and looks quite stylish in a utilitarian, ruggedy mountain man/woman type way. And it’s very reasonably priced too.

I’ve always appreciated HH base layers and this is no exception.

FOR: Classic design does the job

AGAINST: Nothing really

Alf Alderson is an award-winning freelance ski journalist who will be working on gear reviews throughout the 2016/17 season for the Ski Club of Great Britain.