If you're looking for a basic base layer top for moderate to high-level activity in cold weather, the Helly Hansen Lifa Stripe Crew is an ideal option. The lightweight, synthetic material is thin, so it won't keep you warm when idle in cold conditions. On the bright side, though, it breathes exceptionally well, wicks away moisture like a champ, and dries fast. The fit is tighter than most tops we reviewed, but it isn't constricting, and the tight sleeves mean they don't ride up when reaching overhead. Need a light layer for winter runs or skinning up mountains on a ski tour? Or even for mild downhill days at the ski resort? At $40, this shirt offers excellent performance at a price way below average, clearly earning our Best Buy on a Tight Budget.
If you're looking for this top at online retailers, be aware that it is found under a different name at various retailers. We have seen it named the "Dry Stripe Crew" at a few retailers, although it is still the Lifa Stripe Crew on Helly Hansen's website.