Light and dependable.
From steep alpine ascents to experiencing the first exhilarating turns of your descent, the Black Diamond Men's Helio Shell Jacket offers the best of performance and luxury. Constructed with a three-layer shell, this is Black Diamond's lightest Gore-Tex jacket. A Gore-Tex C-Knit backer replaces the crispy feel of most hardshells with a soft-to-the-touch construction that increases comfort and packability. Designed to be fully harness compatible, the jacket also features an Integrated Cohaesive cord management system for reliable performance and security.
- A performance shell for ski mountaineers on ultra-light missions
- Gore-Tex shell for lightweight weather protection
- Soft hand Gore-Tex C-Knit backer for a soft, packable construction
- Integrated Cohaesive cord management system
- Harness compatible pockets
- Full-length pit zips for ventilation
- Item #BLD00JM
- Q & A
Specific Tool for the Job
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
This is absolutely a quiver shell, but it is great to have. For 3 layer gore protection it doesn't get much lighter and packable than this. Does the job in every condition I've thrown at it with no issues.
That being said, this jacket does go minimalist on the features. Not a lot of pockets that you would find on other ski jackets. However, this is kind of perfect. It fits in my bag well for the way up when I am getting warmer, but packs all the robustness you need when you top and it gets windy and cold.
The other thing I like is the fit. Despite being more "alpine" jacket it's not like rando racer tight. Tailored fit with room to layer a puffy underneath, but not too bulky.
If you're touring or doing other alpine adventures, this is a great piece. If you're banging lifts and doing 50/50 resort/BC, I'd probably look for something a little burlier for both warmth and durability. I haven't had any durability issues with the jacket, but I haven't been exactly banging through trees searching for leftovers at the resort with it.