Helly Hansen upgrades its aerodynamic Foil Shell Smock for increased mobility and comfort

For Summer 2023, global technical sailing brand, Helly Hansen has taken insights from American Magic to further enhance its Foil Shell Smock (SRP £250) with a new two-way mechanical stretch fabric for optimal mobility and comfort on the water.

The initial iteration of the smock top was part of American Magic’s daily kit, appreciated by the team for its extreme waterproof/breathability due to its HELLY TECH® Professional three-ply lamination. Ideal for inshore sailing, the new Foil Shell Smock delivers the same professional grade protection and optimal ergonomic fit with a two-way mechanical stretch fabric. This new fabric provides the ultimate in freedom of movement, enabling professional sailors to make quick manoeuvres at high speeds. It also features adjustable PU seals at the neck and cuffs, ensuring the Foil Shell Smock is comfortable without compromising on water-blocking protection.


Additional features of the smock top include a PFC-free durable water repellent treatment, articulated sleeves for optimal mobility, an adjustable neoprene hem, a high protective collar and fully sealed seams.


Johan Rye-Holmboe, Design Manager for Sailing at Helly Hansen, comments, “We are proud to work with some of the world’s top professional sailors, and we truly rely on their insights to take our designs to the next level. This season, we’ve listened to feedback from our professional sailors and upgraded our Foil Shell Smock to be even more aerodynamic and comfortable, while still providing extreme waterproof and breathable protection.”


The unisex Foil Shell Smock will be available in-store and online from March 2023. To learn more about Helly Hansen’s existing HP Foil Pro collection, please visit www.hellyhansen.com/en_gb.