Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review
Backpackers and hikers need a minimalist shell that is lightweight, packable and easy to carry in case of a flash storm. Luckily for us, Outdoor Research has made one that fits all of these criteria and adds in style with the Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket. Not only does the jacket weigh almost nothing (6.4 ounces) but it looks cool and is 100% waterproof. Read the full Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review below.
Lightweight Rain Jacket
All of us know the feeling of when you’re miles from the car, the weather was forecasted to be great, and it all of a sudden starts pouring. You didn’t pack a rain jacket and now your cotton shirt is soaked. The Helium II jacket from Outdoor Research is the perfect tool for avoiding this. This jacket takes up virtually no space and can fold up into its own pocket so you can throw it in your pack, or clip it right on.
Outdoor Research Rain Jacket
- The Gear: Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket
- Price: $150
- Where to test it?: Woods, waters, mountains and rainy weather
- Who’s it for?: Backpackers, Hikers, Bikers and anyone looking to shed the most weight in their packs
- Where to Buy?: REI, Amazon, OutdoorResearch.com
Helium II Rain Jacket
We tried out the Helium II jacket and put it through a lot of tests and it passed all with flying colors. The elastic cuffs were comfortable and all of the seams on the jacket were fully taped so you can be sure of no water leakage. The jacket also was great as a wind breaker and turned out to be an ideal layer under another shell since it was chilly out.
Lightweight Hiking Rain Jacket
Backpackers and bikers are going to really appreciate the waterproof zipper so that no wind or water is going to seep in. If you get warm, you can easily fold this up and you’re not going to notice the weight. While the jacket doesn’t have front pockets to save weight, it does have a chest pocket where you can put your phone of anything else. Another feature that we really appreciated was the fully adjustable hood and drawcord hem so that we could get the perfect fit with the jacket.
High Quality Rain Shell
Overall, this jacket is an ideal rain coat for anyone who ventures in the outdoors and doesn’t want to carry a lot of weight. It’s easily packable, stylish and a great wind blocker for dual purpose use.