Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket

This ultralight, waterproof jacket is just another reason Outdoor Research has become a favorite of mine. Weighing just over 6 ounces, it packs away into a pouch to go anywhere. OR ultilizes a lightweight Pertex weatherproof shield to keep your torso dry at all times.

The Helium II trims the fat of a full featured rain shell- offering one chest pocket and no pit zips. The jacket breathes notably better than the first version of the jacket… but will get clammy when doing higher endurance activities. I originally thought of it as an ‘in case of emergency’ jacket but it quickly has become my go-to heading into the Summer months. It’s more of a windbreaker that happens to be a fully taped seam waterproof shell to boot! The hood has a great cinch cord on the back although a little hard to manage with one hand on the fly.

I can’t get over how lightweight it feels when wearing and it’s never is left out of the bike pannier, backpack, golf bag or any other weekend bag.

This jacket is the perfect solution to prepare for the unexpected weather in your travels around town or into the hills.

Key feature overview:          

  • Ultralight waterproof/breathable
  • Fully seam taped
  • Adjustable hood
  • Water resistant zippers
  • 7.5″/19cm internal storm flap
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Stuff pocket with carabiner loop
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Drawcord hem

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