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Helium Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's

4.3125 out of 5 stars
32 Reviews
Current price: $129.32 Original price: $198.95
35% off


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Why We Like The Helium Insulated Hooded Jacket

It can be hard to split the difference between the plethora of synthetic insulation midlayers on the market today, but we think the Outdoor Research Helium Insulated Hooded Jacket sets itself apart by combining extreme packability with desirable durability. This combination is made possible by the Diamond Fuse face fabric and VerticalX Eco insulation. This insulation packs down to fit in our pack easily, while the face fabric keeps us stress free at the crag, on big walls, and when bushwhacking through the forest.


  • Lightweight midlayer built for reliable warmth
  • Diamond Fuse face fabric handles daily wear and tear
  • VerticalX Eco insulation offers lofty synthetic warmth
  • Unique triangle baffles keep insulation in specific areas
  • Adjustable hood traps heat and fights off colder winds
  • Elastic hem and binding at the cuffs lock in an ideal fit
  • Item #ODRZ8K6
[face fabric] Pertex Quantum with Diamond Fuse Technology - 15D X 30D 100% nylon (41% recycled), [lining] 20D 100% nylon
VerticalX Eco SR (55% Repreve recycled polyester, 35% Sorona biobased polymer, 10% polyester)
hip, drawcord hem
Center Back Length
attached, 3-panel, adjustable, Low-Pro binding, helmet compatible
2 zippered pack-compatible hand (left is stowable)
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty
skiing, backpacking, hiking, climbing, casual

Overall Rating

4.5 based on 32 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 1 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
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5 Stars - 21 reviews

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4 out of 5 stars

July 26, 2022

Will Be My Travel and Casual Go To Jacket

I have not tested this Jacket in cooler weather yet but love the feel and fit. I am 5ft 8", 167lbs and the Large size fits me well with plenty of room for a light fleece underneath without being tight, and I like its not as form fitting as my Patagonia Nano Puff. The only negatives are the arms are a little boxy and I wish the hood had a draw cord. The Insulation in my opinion even seems a little loftier than my Nano Puff, but they are somewhat similar and not as lofty as most down jackets. If I own a Nano Puff why would I buy this, because I wanted a lightweight synthetic insulated jacket with a hood for cooler, damp and windy mountain hiking, backpacking and Autumn / Spring mornings camping when my down jacket is just too warm and I don't want to wear a rain shell or heavier soft shell just to cut the wind. I probably would not pay full retail but at the reduced price this is a very versatile and good looking insulator for both outdoor use and casual / travel wear. I think the Blue Cascade color is maybe more ocean / greenish blue but looks good.


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5 out of 5 stars

June 11, 2022

Solid purchase

I have worn it a few times rather comfortable and warm. Can't wait to use it this winter.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 26, 2022

Great jacket

High quality synthetic puff. Warm, conpressable and much more breathable than down. DWR coating is very good as well as the fit and finish of the jacket. Only downside is the hood synch is not great. I'm 5'9 190lbs and the large is a perfect fit.


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5 out of 5 stars

May 10, 2022


Really appreciate the look of it feel light weight and versatility of this new helium insulated hoodie. I began wearing it for spring skiing here in Idaho in mid March over another fleece from Outdoor research which worked really well in both conditions. Then it became my go to hike jacket for hikes in the 30s and 40s sometimes 50° temperatures and then win with the hoodie it really worked well


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4 out of 5 stars

April 19, 2022

Light, warm and packable

I keep this in my bag at all times during winter as a last resort layer for myself or clients. Packs really small, ultralight and a good amount of warmth. My only complaint is the pocket size. They should definitely be deeper. Overall great layer to have for most days in the mountains.


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3 out of 5 stars

April 5, 2022

Men's Helium Insulated Hoodie

I purchased the hoodie and wore it twice. Everything was okay with it. It just wasn't my style.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 26, 2022

perfect 4 season hoodie

Athletic Fit, great weight for all seasons. Superbly packable for travel. A must have.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2022

Great mid layer

Love this jacket for before and after skiing, and the perfect mid layer under me shell. Never too hot or cold.


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5 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2022

Light, toasty and surprising durable.

My last puff jacket had more holes than Swiss cheese and looked like a quilt it had so many patches. Taken this on 6 hikes where I've torn holes before and haven't had any problems with light brushing past branches and whatnot. A pleasant surprise, but still not crazy heavy duty


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5 out of 5 stars

January 24, 2022

Perfect lightweight jacket.

I love how warm my Helium Hoodie is for spring or fall and layer up and it will be fine for dryer winter as well. So easy to stuff in a small pack for a hike and bring out when the temps drop. I also love the bright blue color.


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