This jacket is hands down, amazing. I would recommend anyone looking for a lightweight, packable (and good looking) shell to give the Helium HD a try. I promise you won't be disappointed. Here are a few reasons why I think everyone should have this in their pack for when the wet stuff falls.
Material: The first thing you notice with this shell is that, well, it doesn't FEEL like a shell. When I think shell, I think of a garment that is loud, crinkly, and a little bit "stiff". The Helium HD isn't any of those. Here is a description of what it is: movable, comfortable, durable. Waterproof, breathable, clutch. Keep in mind, this wouldn't be ideal for walking through briars or adventuring through a haunted forest on the regular, but for everything else, this is solid. Utilizing 30D ripstop fabric with Pertex Shield +(2.5 layer), it holds up to the intense rainstorms we experience here in the Wasatch, keeping you bone dry as well as allowing you to breathe once the rain lets off and the sun comes back out. Mine has a few scratches, due to my cat jumping up and attempting to try it on (even your animals want it). Other than that, it has held up to normal daily abuse, as well as multiple camping trips and hikes without issues such as tearing, leaking, or tape coming off of the seams.
Fit: OR claims that the Helium HD is a "standard" fit, and I would agree with them. I am 6ft tall, 200lbs, and wear a size Large (in the Black/Hydro which is killer in the looks department). It fits well enough to be worn by itself and not look baggy or long, and when the temps drop and you need a little extra to keep warm (and no one is around to cuddle with), throw on that down jacket or sweater underneath, and it'll be prime time to continue that adventure.
Features: This jacket, even though being weighed in ounces (9.1 in the size Large), has all the bells and whistles. How light is 9.1 ounces you ask? If it was any lighter you would need to keep it locked up to make sure it didn't float away. Need to wear some gloves? No problem. Your cuffs have Velcro that allows you to adjust the fit whether they are smaller like belay gloves, or more bulky like a pair of mittens when you're shredding at the resort on that bluebird pow day. The hem cinch is awesome, allowing you to find that perfect resting place on your hips without your jacket riding up with every arm movement. The pit zips are nicely sized, and allows for airing out on a warmer day, regardless of what adventure you're pursuing. Did I mention that the taped seams don't even THINK about letting water in? Think of them as your own personal security against precipitation. The hood isn't just adjustable and helmet compatible, it provides you with your own private awning to enjoy the view as the rain falls by use of a Halo wire brim. Tired of the days that the rain would fall into your face, even with your hood on? Tire no more my friend. Salvation is here. The zippered pockets (harness compatible, which is awesome if you're a climbing goon like myself) are HUGE , and the Napoleon pocket doubles as a stuff pocket for the whole jacket, packing down to the size of an orange. Yes, an orange, as in orange juice, orange creamsicle, and the size that this jacket is once stuffed in its own pocket.
I think if you have read this far, you have realized that you don't just want this jacket, but that you NEED this jacket in your life. This jacket is a jack of all trades, and will only increase your love for the outdoors due to it allowing you to always be outside, regardless of the weather.
Feel free to contact me with any questions or to place an order. I would be happy to provide you with a personalized experience here at Backcounty!
Hope to see you out there!