Helly Hansen Kos Polo – Review

After reviewing the excellent Helly Hansen Universal Moto Jacket not long ago, I decided I tried out some more of Helly Hansen’s gear. In particular, their summer wear – the Kos Polo coupled with the HD Classic Shorts.

Kos Polo

The Kos Polo isn’t specifically built for cycling – like much of Helly Hansen’s gear – but with the company’s roots coming from sailing and outdoor pursuits, many of the technical functionality of their apparel is also well-suited to cycling.

Helly Hansen Kos Polo Review

An extremely lightweight polo, with a fluid feel thanks to the quick-dry Tactel fabric, the Helly Hansen Kos Polo is certainly built for an active lifestyle. The quick-dry fabric also lends itself well to summer cycling, either if you get caught in a summer shower or just get a bit sweaty after your ride. The material also minimises sweat patches.

In terms of style, the polo is very ‘normal’. No thrills, a traditional cut and regular fit. The only slight beef I have with the polo is the collar, which struggles to hold a good shape and often turns up. Other than that though, the polo is a solid addition to the wardrobe.

The Kos Polo design is simple but looks good, with two bold lines in contrast colours decorating the edge of the colour and sleeves. Featuring a three-down button design, the Helly Hansen ‘HH’ logo also sits over the left breast.

Helly Hansen Polo Shirt


This polo normally retails at a reasonable £40. However, Helly Hansen are currently offering it for half price at £20, which – in my eyes – is an absolute bargain for a polo shirt with this much functionality.

There are also a vast range of colours available, including different versions and shades of blue, purple, a couple of shades of grey, white, and red. I opted for the summery Azure Blue model, as you can see in the pictures.

Overall, this is a solid polo shirt for cycling – with its breathable material particularly suited to summer riding. At £20 (at the time of writing), this top offers excellent value.

Helly Hansen Cycling

What are you wearing on your summer rides? Comment below.

And, if you own the Helly Hansen Kos Polo, feel free to provide your own review in the comments section!

Helly Hansen Kos Polo












Pete Reynolds

Pete is the co-founder and editor of Discerning Cyclist. He commutes by bike daily from his home to his co-working space. Originally from Wirral, UK, Pete now lives in Spain. When visiting a new city, Pete loves nothing more than to explore it on two wheels. See Pete's Muck Rack profile

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