Congratulations from Sports Insight to Scandinavian standard-bearers of superior sports clothing Helly Hansen, who have been honoured with the prestigious German Design Award in the Excellent Product Design category for their new Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top, launching in Spring 2021.
The German Design Awards recognise projects that are pioneering the international design sphere. One of the most renowned global design competitions, the awards are judged by an international jury from a variety of sectors, who are focused on rewarding products that are among the best in the world.
Designed, developed and tested with professional offshore solo sailor, Thomas Coville – the first to sail solo on a trimaran around the world in less than 50 days – the Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top is built with a removable hood and collar, a zip-off length extension and a dual opening vent design. Based on Coville’s feedback, as well as insight from Helly Hansen’s professional sailing ambassadors and teams, the smock top was designed to adapt and function in variable conditions.
As modern ocean racing boats continue to develop more protected cockpits, professional sailors need protection that can adapt to where they are on the boat. For Coville, the grinding work is done in the sheltered cockpit, but once outside, he may face sea spray and 50-knot winds. These changing conditions can require three separate smock tops to perform in a race – one with a longer length, one with a shorter length and one with a hood. With its modular design, the Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top combines these into one piece of gear that minimises the number of garments needed without compromising on functionality, performance and protection.
For hard grinding work, the smock top also features a dual opening vent design, enabling optimal heat regulation for professional sailors like Coville. The two dry suit grade YKK AQUASEAL® waterproof zippers are strategically placed to pump air in and out, providing maximum ventilation without having to remove the smock top while grinding.
Øyvind Vedvik, Category Managing Director of Sailing at Helly Hansen, comments: “With the Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top, we listened to the insight of Thomas Coville and our professional sailors to create a unique and original piece of technical gear tailored to the needs of professionals sailing around the world. The design team and I are thrilled that the smock top’s innovative and modular design has been recognised with the prestigious German Design Award.”
The German Design Awards jury described the smock thus: “Durable, impermeable and flexible, the Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top impresses with its attention to detail and tailored solutions for expert mariners. The simple addition or removal of components for the head and neck allow for a swift reaction to changing elements with minimal effort and time.”
Built with HELLY TECH® Professional fabric, the Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top offers extreme waterproofness and breathability in an offshore sailing-rated 4-ply construction. Tight latex seals at the neck and wrists guarantee to keep water out while the fully waterproof YKK AQUASEAL® zippers used for the dual side ventilation ensure waterproof protection even in extreme conditions.
The Ægir Ocean Modular Smock Top will be available for purchase online and in-store starting spring 2021