Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review

Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review

OR Helium II Jacket

Lightweight, 100% waterproof and the best quality out there, the Helium II Jacket from OR is a great buy.

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

Outdoor Research Helium Jacket Review

The Helium II Jacket from Outdoor Research is the perfect lightweight, packable rain shell for hiking, camping and any outdoor activity.

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

Outdoor Research Rain Jacket

Even the zippers are waterproof and the chest pocket is a handy addition for stowing your phone or wallet.

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

OR Rain Shell

The material that the OR Helium II Jacket is built from will avoid ripping easily and is completely water and wind proof.

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

Helium Jacket Review

The fit of the Helium II Jacket from Outdoor Research is great and is fitted perfectly throughout. The adjustable waist and hood make it adjustable to anyone.

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.

OR Helium Jacket Review

OR Rain Jacket Review

The hood on the Helium II jacket even features a bill to make sure that rain water won’t run into your face.

You can purchase the Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket here and check out more great Outdoor Research products and information on their website. 

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PJ Cashman

PJ is the co-founder of MorningMoss.com and is an avid hunter and lover of all things outdoors.