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Helly Hansen’s two new trail shoes – the Gobi APS and Okapi ATS – are lightweight and versatile all-terrain trainers

Norwegian brand Helly Hansen is best-known for bombproof gear that would keep you alive in a Scandinavian winter blizzard, whether you’re cross-country skiing, sailing or mountaineering. We’re talking professional grade waterproofs and super-warm insulators, designed for technical activities and extreme environments. But the Oslo-based company also makes everyday kit suitable for the UK’s outdoor scene– and for spring 2021 it has released a new range of mountain footwear pitched at this market.

The new Helly Hansen Gobi APS (all-purpose shoe) and Okapi ATS (all-terrain sneaker) are billed as “versatile trainers made for moving fast over mountain terrain”. Suitable for hillwalking and trail running all-in-one, both trainers feature a whole host of proprietary technology from Helly Hansen. Protection, support and stability come from the HH Lite-Frame upper and the HH Power-Stride midsole. Extra cushioning is provided via the HH Max-Comfort insole, while the HH Max-Grip rubber outsole – which features arrow-shaped lugs and precision tread zones at the toe and heel – promises solid traction over challenging terrain. Non-waterproof versions are “breathable and quick-drying”, according to Helly Hansen, while the waterproof versions – the Gobi APS HT and Okapi ATS HT – have a Helly Tech waterproof membrane to reliably keep your feet dry.

“Versatile, all-terrain trainers fit to withstand all the challenges of a mountain trail.”

Kristofer Eidsgaard, category managing director for footwear at Helly Hansen, tells Outdoors Magic: “We wanted to create versatile, all-terrain trainers fit to withstand all the challenges of a mountain trail. We’re excited to offer lightweight, functional footwear that delivers the highest level of performance and protection while remaining comfortable for long adventures in the mountains – and that’s what we have done with the Gobi APS and Okapi ATS.”

Helly Hansen Gobi APS
Helly Hansen Okapi ATS, women's
Helly Hansen Okapi ATS, men's

Out of the two new pairs, which are near-identical at first glance, the Gobi APS is the more premium option – but remains excellent value. Priced at £90 for a non-waterproof version and £110 for the Gobi APS HT waterproof version, this shoe is available in men’s sizes 6.5-12.5 and women’s sizes 3.5-8. In a men’s size 8, the Gobi APS weighs 345g per shoe, which certainly isn’t ultralight (specialist trail running trainers often clock in at between 200-300g), but for an all-rounder shoe that’s great for hillwalking too it’s still pretty lightweight.

The Okapi ATS is marginally cheaper, priced at £80 for the non-waterproof version and £100 for the Okapi ATS HT with Helly Tech membrane. Again, it is available in both men’s and women’s versions, with a good selection of colours and sizes.



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