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When the rain threatens your adventure, reach for the Women's Helium II Jacket.
- Lighter, more water-resistant, and more breathable than its predecessor, the Helium
- Pertex Shield DS Stretch fabric accommodates a full range of motion while still keeping you dry and covered
- Fully taped seams prevent even lingering moisture from seeping through to your lower layers
- Adjustable hood helps you achieve coverage without sacrificing visibility
- Water-resistant zippers keep your valuables dry and safe
- Elastic cuffs help complete a seal between you and the cold, wet outside
- Stuff pocket with webbing loop easily clips to a harness or pack
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Best Lightweight Rain Jacket
- Gender: Female
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
This is the perfect lightweight rain jacket to stash in your climbing, backpacking, or skiing pack, or just clip onto your harness. It's so lightweight, you don't even notice you're carrying it! It has the OR armpit zips right down to your waist so it's easy to get some added breathability without compromising access to your rack on your harness. The lightweight wire in the hood also helps give the hood some added form for keeping the rain out of the eyes. I love OR's stuffing system on most jackets, including this one, where you can stuff the jacket into the pocket and use the loop and clip (or your own biner) to clip it to your harness or on the outside of a pack.
I'm 5'3" and about 135lbs and normally wear my OR jackets in a S, but go this one in a M to fit over my down jackets in case I need it for cold-weather protection. This setup works great and avoids me having to carry an extra jacket in the alpine.
OR Ambassador Beth Breaks It Down
Essential Part of the Climbing Kit
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
- Fit: True to size
The Helium II is the jacket I take on every multi-pitch. It packs into its own small hem pocket, and has a clipping loop, so it sits on the back of my harness without me noticing it until I am happy to pull it on as rainclouds move in. I have scraped around in plenty of granite wearing this jacket and it has held up really well and is still very water resistant.
I have also used this jacket as a wind layer while climbing and even while backcountry skiing. It cuts wind and breathes surprisingly well.
The cut feels true to size.
No frills, LIGHT.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
Very simple jacket--no hip pockets (-1 star) make it annoying to grab gloves/other things from underneath or your pants pockets, but for the ridiculously light weight of it, I can put up with small annoyances. I am 5'6, 140 lbs and normally wear small-medium. I got this in a M, and it fits very well--it's fitted, but it has enough space underneath for a light down sweater. Have yet to try it in pouring rain, but it's definitely an effective wind blocker.
"Simply" the Best
The Helium 2 jacket is simple and the best. The fit is great, it still repels water after much use, it'll make you feel light and fast, and you won't go anywhere without it. The jacket will get compliments time and time again. I'm normally a size Medium and the W's Helium in medium fits me well for spring/ summer layering. If you need more layers underneath you might consider buying it a size bigger.
Why leave home without it?
Stuff this jacket in the bottom of your pack and you'll never notice it's there. The one day you get your ropes stuck and the storm rolls in overhead you will remember it's there and be forever thankful. Check out the orchid with pink zippers -awesome colours!
I love this jacket. It's lightweight, breaths, keeps me dry and folds up into a small pocket. I like its simplicity and feminine style - not too teched out with features I'll never need. I live in Thailand where during rainy season, it's still hot. This jacket has been great at keeping me dry without making me sweat. I'm 5' 3" and 130 pounds. The M/M fits we well. There's room for layers and to move around, but it doesn't look too big.
Helium II Jacket
It is light, windtight, holds up to heavy rain for about 3 hours...little seepage on hood and shoulders
MY ALL TIME FAVORITE JACKET
The new Helium 2 jacket is amazing. It's lightweight, compact, and well made. OR has done a great job with this jacket. It has been the perfect jacket for all of my spring climbing and skiing exploits. I always have it in the bottom of my pack for when the wind or the rain pick up. It's SO light and such a great layer. I can't say enough good things about this jacket!
Ladies, this jacket is WEIGHTLESS! Ok, it's 6oz. But 100% waterproof, very windresistant, and cute colors! It also breaths really well--probably because the material is so thin). This is the perfect ultralight jacket to put in your pack and forget about until the showers come.
Just a note--when it comes to gear, I do like to go as light as possible as I am a smaller lady (5'4", 115lbs and the Small fits well) and this is definitely a keeper. Especially for the price, you're getting a high-performance shell that is more durable than you'd think...
Lovin' This Jacket
Rain jackets aren't heavy anymore! This jacket is simple, light, and fits great. The thing that keeps me coming back to OR Gear is how they keep it simple, and just make it right. I keep this in my climbing pack, and I always forget it's there until it starts raining, and then I'm psyched that I won't be soaked on the hike down.
Pretty amazed how lightweight this waterproof breathable jacket is. It's a great jacket to toss into your pack for rain protection without noticing it's there.
Helium II...lighter than air!!!
I didn't think the OR Helium Jacket could get better (I have the first version). The Helium II is lighter and is still a high performance adventure jacket. I climb with mine folded up into itself & clipped to the back of my harness. In cool, windy conditions I put it on and stay warm but don't' sweat because the jacket is so breathable. I have gotten caught out in the rain and stayed dry. I wear a medium and the size is a perfect including sleeve length. This jacket will join me on every climbing/hiking adventure. It also looks great "about town."
Love this jacket!
This simple, lightweight, waterproof jacket has proven to be a great piece to carry with me everywhere. It's held it's own in soaking rain and wind and fits well both under an insulating jacket or on top of a light fleece or base layer. I ordered the women's medium (my usual size) and was pleased that the sleeves were long enough and the fit wasn't too boxy or too tight. Also, the hood fits over a helmet, a big bonus if you're climbing, skiing, biking, etc. The design is simple and I like that there aren't unnecessary extra pockets, flaps, zippers, or gadgets. Highly recommend!