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A quick and easy rescue.
- Single-pull hood drawcord so you can adjust coverage without dropping your ice-axe
- Zippered Napoleon pocket keeps valuable items protected and handy
- Elastic cuffs keep the ugliness out without added bulk or hassle
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You don't need that big expensive shell!
This is a handy piece to have. If your on a budget for gear like most people, I would say, "don't blow all of that money on a $500 super-deluxe shell!" This shell works just fine, packs away to the size of an orange and weighs in under 7oz! Even if it's for the weight factor alone, it's got the others beat in my opinion. The only qualms I have is that sometimes it doesn't ventilate perfectly in my forearms and it gets kinda clammy, but I'm not out in the woods because I want to feel perfectly clean, so who cares? The cinch cords work nicely but I wish the hood was a bit bigger. If I have it zipped down a bit it will barely fit over my Petzl Meteor.
Helium - sans rain
Wearing the Helium while camping on a chilly morning. Even without rain, the jacket rocks.
In the battle between water and 2.5-layer 20D Pertex® Shield DS ripstop fabric with fully taped seams water loses.
Here in Utah, it doesnt rain much. I personally dont like the rain, so Utah works out great for me. But after I got the Helium Jacket, I started praying for rain almost daily just so I could have an excuse to wear the thing. Its that good.
Nothing got through the Helium when I took the dog for a walk in a downpour, or while I spent hours outside working in a steady drizzle. The rain simply beaded up and slid away, leaving my arms and torso completely dry. And thanks to its breathability, I never felt clammy while wearing the Helium; a big plus if forced to live in it when the rain doesnt want to stop.
In short, I love this jacket.
I would say this shell is perfect, but I miss hand pockets. This is personal preference though, it is so very light and beats down the competition in water resistance. Very breathable too, wear a merino shirt under this and enjoy some cool airflow and decent moisture wicking. Don't leave home without it. I'm 5'10 190lbs and wear an XL but I like a big shell. A large fits fine too, it's just a little more snug.
Next Best Thing
Being poor I can't afford gore-tex anything, which would obviously be the some of most waterproof/breathable stuff you can have. This is an amazing alternative. The pertex is extremely waterproof and i have had no leaking issues at all. The zipper goes to upper lip height, so you can really lock yourself in this in a bad storm. It isnt the most breathable and there isn't any venting. Any strenuous hiking in this can suck and get a little hot, but if you're waiting out a storm this ia an awesome cost effective solution. Fits decently long and at 7 oz I never leave home without this in my pack. Not much for pockets or storage on the jacket itself, but who really cares.
Does the Helium jacket fit small or is it...
Does the Helium jacket fit small or is it true to size? I am thinking of using this jacket for running so i want a slim fit. I am 5 feet 9 inches with a 39 inch chest.
I am 5'9 155lbs to 160lbs and I wear a medium....It has an athletic fit! I have used the jacket for mountain biking, trail running, and spring ski touring....
I would say that it fits true to size. I'm 5'11" 160lbs and wear a M.
If you live in the PNW.It's the jacket you need to
have.Light and waterproof.Backcountry skiing,climbing,
mountain biking.Put it in your pack, and you don't even
know it's there.When you need it,it's always there for you.
Will the hood fit over a climbing...
Will the hood fit over a climbing helmet?
NO. This will NOT fit over a climbing helmet.
Okay I was able to put the hood over my climbing helmet....but it is true that I could not zip the zipper all the way up to the chin....So yes good call Barry....
Light, packable and honestly breathable
Although no waterproof jacket can shed heat and interior moisture quickly enough to deal with breaking an uphill ski track or biking uphill for an hour, this lightweight jacket does a surprisingly admirable job. The dry texured interior feels great against bare arms and the fit is excellent for biking or skiing. Used in conjuntion with softshells in the mountains it's enough protection to save your life when you need it yet minimal enough to live at the bottom of your pack when Mother Nature is acting kind. It's a lot of protection for under 7oz.
Great jacket. I throw it in my bag on most climbs and alpine routes. You can pack it down and clip it to your harness and throw it on at the belays or on the descent. Not super breathable when you are really moving.
This jacket is great!
Super lightweight and versatile! I recommend it!
Good lightweight jacket, among the lightest in its class. It has 1 external chest pocket, one internal lower pocket, and draw hem. The zipper feels good, and the coverage and sleeve length are spot on IMO. The hood fits well, but probably not usable with a helmet. I am 5-8, 135 lbs, and the small fits me very well.
I havent had this jacket in the elements yet, but it seams to be very well put together.
I'm going to Costa Rica for a month in...
I'm going to Costa Rica for a month in June/July during the rainy season and was wondering if this jacket would be a good choice. Is it durable enough to wear with a loaded pack on the forest trails?
I have had my jacket for a few months now and it is durable.... Keep in mind it is weighs less than 7 ounces,so it may not be as durable as a heavier weight jacket,,,
You will be pumped on this jacket.....
super light and comfy!
This jacket is really light and comfortable.. and when i fold it into its own pocket, i can fit it in my small camelbak backpack! I will defently bring it to each mountain trip this summer.. Love it!
Helium Jacket - Outdoor Research
Melanie talks about the Helium Jacket. Our most compressible storm shell is so light it practically floats, or at least its so light that you wont notice you're carrying it until a sudden downpour bursts into your day.
Perfect for Ski Touring on the up track!
I have a couple of days of use from this jacket on the Coast Mountains of BC and this jacket has been perfect on the up when putting in a skin track in breezy weather!You do not overheat or over sweat like when you start your day with a three ply gore-tex jacket!For road biking and Mountain biking it will become the perfect emergency jacket....
Always in the pack
At under 7oz how can you not ALWAYS bring this piece? The ultimate light weight rain/snow shell. It even has a small pocket it folds into which has a bar tacked clip so you can stow and clip it on a climbing harness.