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Outdoor Research
Helium Insulated Hooded Plus Jacket - Women's

4.076923076923077 out of 5 stars
26 Reviews
Current price: $99.48 Original price: $198.95
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Outdoor Research Helium Insulated Hooded Plus Jacket

Worn on its own in cool weather or worn as a layering piece in cold weather, we like how the Outdoor Research Insulated Hooded Plus Jacket has pieced together eco-friendly fabrics into a versatile, lightweight hoodie. The innovative Vertical X ECO SR insulation mixes Repreve polyester made from recycled plastic bottles with Sorona polymer, which is partially plant-based to reduce our reliance on fossil-based materials. Easily packable and now available in plus sizes, it's our go-to puffy jacket for mild temperatures and a mid-layer that we can fit under a shell or keep in our pack for extra warmth when we stop for lunch, reach the summit, or kick it at the campsite.


  • Lightweight synthetic puffy hoodie in plus sizes
  • Pertex Quantum nylon ripstop offers some abrasion-resistance
  • Synthetic and bio-based insulation is light and insulates when wet
  • Raised packets sit above waist straps for better fit with a pack
  • Left-hand pocket doubles as a stuff sack for packability
  • Elastic drawcord hem adds some waist adjustment
  • Insulated hood is fixed and adjustable for comfort
  • Item #ODRZ8LO
Responsible Collection
[face fabric, lining] bluesign® APPROVED, Recycled/Repurposed
[face fabric] Pertex Quantum Fuse (41% recycled nylon, 59% nylon), [lining] 20D ripstop nylon
Vertical X ECO SR (55% Repreve recycled polyester, 35% Sorona, 10% polyester)
Center Back Length
2 zippered hand
Baffle Construction
Diamond Fuse
Claimed Weight
casual, hiking and backpacking
Manufacturer Warranty

Overall Rating

4 based on 26 ratings

Review Summary

1 Stars - 2 reviews
2 Stars - 2 reviews
3 Stars - 3 reviews
4 Stars - 4 reviews
5 Stars - 15 reviews

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5 out of 5 stars

February 12, 2024

Luvluvluv my Tangerine Cuddler

I live in California. But I'm always cold. My husband was determined to find me warm clothes of excellent quality. He put me online and talked about these puffer-like jackets. I was hesitant because a size 1X in a puffy jacket has not been my go-to look. BUT, these are not so puffy. They are thin and comfortable and so, so warm! And the color. I call it tangerine. It's a really great color. I get compliments every time I wear it. I wear it over my scrubs for work. I wear it over Tshirt and jeans on the weekends. I'm just thrilled with the technology that makes this thin, but warm. I am so happy to not add an extra size or two to my frame that a traditional puffy jacket would do. Am overall very happy to wrap myself with, as and cuddle with my tangerine cuddler

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1 out of 5 stars

January 18, 2024

I made a big mistake betting on this one!

What an awful fit of a jacket. How can Outdoor Research sell any of them for the normal price. I know I took a chance buying it at a supposedly deep discount but what good is it when I have to donate a brand new item to whoever has a weird body to wear it! You have to have a big chest, extremely narrow waist and hips, plus the torso of the jacket is out of proportion. Anyways this was the worst item I bought so far. A


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5 out of 5 stars

January 11, 2024

The only jacket you will ever need

I live in Ontario, Canada, and our weather is crazy all the time. I have worn this jacket everyday since October, and it is the best outdoor piece I have ever owned. I walk my dog 3 times everyday regardless of the weather and this jacket is the best for any and all weather conditions. I had to write to ask OR to keep making this jacket PLEASE!!!!! It is super lightweight, yet so warm and water resistant. I have been in rain storms, and snow storms and it handles like a beast!!! I cannot understand the technology, however, it is the last jacket I will ever need. (However, would love another colour). Saying that the red/orange is terrific for visibility when walking late at night or the early mornings. Thanks OR, this jacket is the very best.


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1 out of 5 stars

July 17, 2023

So disappointed...

I really wanted to look past a few of the other reviews and not believe they would make a jacket the fits that terribly but it's true. I followed the size chart and everything. It is huge! The area around the chest and arms is so ill-fitting and large that it wouldn't even do its job properly, at all, to keep you warm.


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4 out of 5 stars

June 26, 2023

Super lightweight

[This review was collected as part of a promotion.] Great jacket - super lightweight compared to my NF puffer. I do see what others wrote about the sleeves - they seem a little on the larger side but not something I mind. I am 5'5 and ~112 lbs and fit comfortably in the XS.


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5 out of 5 stars

November 26, 2022

lightweight and good warmth

I like that this is really lightweight but good warmth in mild cold weather. I've only worn it around town so far in about high 30s degree weather at coldest with usually a T and flannel and it's kept me warm even on a bike. It's also great that I can wear it on warmer days like 50 but I don't get too hot. When it's cold and raining I wear it under the helium rain jacket when I bike. I have a size S which gives a little room for layers underneath (I'm 5' 2", 110lbs). Look forward to seeing how it will do in colder weather - !


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2 out of 5 stars

October 17, 2022

Nice jacket but can't get past awful fit

I should have listened to reviews about the strange fit of this jacket because they are spot on. While the jacket is nice, the fit is too far off to keep. This jacket is really close around the hips (so close I wouldn't be able to layer much underneath) but the upper arms are far too big. Not only does this make for a strange fit, it looks so odd on the body. This one went back same day and am going on three weeks waiting for refund. :(


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4 out of 5 stars

October 9, 2022

Love the color: tangerine!

I bought this because I really like bright colors and this delivers, I'd call it more tangerine/orange-ish rose, than red, but it's a GREAT color. I like the two side zipper pockets, inside pockets and the fitted hood. I'm 5-8 and the sleeve length is great as often things that fit have too short sleeves, plus it's a bit long over my hips which I like. The attached tag reads Womens M, but the sewn in label reads M/M, so I'm thinking maybe the longer sleeves and shoulder roominess is actually a Mens cut....?

KJ in the PNW

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4 out of 5 stars

August 8, 2022

stoked on this jacket

The fit is a little odd - the hips need to be a little wider, the bust is very roomy, arms are long. Regardless, I still love the jacket, it's warmth, packability, and color are all awesome!


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4 out of 5 stars

June 28, 2022

Should have stuck to my normal size

I listened to the reviews and bought a size up... should have stuck to my normal size. I'm 5'6" 130lbs and would usually order a small. Got the medium... sleeves are past my thumbs, really baggy fit. I'll be Using it for Search and Rescue; my team's color is orange.

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