Men's Helium Hybrid Jacket

Style# 56255OR

The Helium Hybrid Jacket™ is a 5.7-ounce wind jacket equipped with waterproof, breathable Pertex® Shield+ fabric on the shoulders and hood. Built for fast-and-light endeavors, from trail running epics to full-on alpine assaults, the jacket's body is made from super-light nylon that stretches, blocks wind and breathes freely when you're pushing the pace in inhospitable conditions.
Trim Fit






  • Waterproof Shoulders and Hood
  • Water Resistant
  • Wind Resistant
  • Breathable
  • Lightweight
  • Critically Taped Seams
  • Center-Front Zipper
  • Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
  • Zippered Chest Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Reflective Logos
  • Elastic Cuffs
  • Drawcord Hem
  • Key Clip


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric : Pertex® Shield+, 2.5L, 100% nylon, 30D shoulders and hood, 100% nylon ripstop fabric body

Center Back Length: 28 3/4in. (L)

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 5.8oz / 163g (L)

Customer Reviews

Love this jacket! (Review by David)

In my never-ending quest to find the perfect lightweight wind shell, I have purchased and re-sold many a jacket. Either the fit is wonky, or there is no breathability, or they provide little protection. I pondered this jacket when I first read about it in Backpacker, and recently found it on sale, so took the bait.

The jacket fits very nicely. It is a trim fit around the torso, which enhances its ability to breathe, but it doesn't feel restrictive. I found the hood to be easily adjustable, though it might not have enough room for a helmet, if you ever use one.The only complaint I have is that the elastic at the wrists is pretty loose, so some wind can creep in, especially when cycling. I understand not having adjustable cuffs, to save weight and bulk. But the "trim" fit concept doesn't seem to have been applied to the cuffs.

This jacket is interesting in the "hybrid" part of it. The main body and sleeves are a lightweight uncoated ripstop nylon. But the hood and shoulders are waterproof-breathable Pertex Shield, for that unexpected downpour. There is a single mesh-lined chest pocket, which doubles as the stuff sack when you want to pack the jacket down. The pocket zipper is horizontal, and bisects where the W/B fabric is stitched to the lower part of the jacket. This means one less seam than one would have had with a vertical chest zip. There is a nice waist gasket with a single pull, when you need to batten down the hatches.

This jacket got its real test on a five day backpacking trip at Mount Rainier this past August. It handled light evening rain well, fended off wind when it hit, and got worn almost more than any other outer layer on the trip. It was especially useful for early morning hiking in the rain forest, when things were wet and cool. It is has now joined my standard hiking kit as the "eleventh essential." I love this jacket!

(Posted on 9/13/15)

Serves the purpose but... (Review by Tleu)

I love this jacket. It fulfills everything I had hoped it would. The only problem I have is that after receiving the jacket in the mail I noticed the stitching in the cuffs is wonky. It appears to have doubled over while being stitched, making it uncomfortable at times. I imagine this is a rare defect but never-the-less, it happened.

(Posted on 4/29/15)

This jacket seems like the answer! (Review by Roger)

I have been looking for a wind shell with some degree of waterproofness but also very breathable for spring skiing. Worn with just a light base-layer or mid-layer this shell is perfect! Layer under or over it and you have a nearly weightless option. Doesn't have a ton of "bells and whistles" but delivers on the "minimalist" end.

(Posted on 4/14/15)

Superlight wind and light precip shell (Review by Mike B)

I've used this extensively the past two months while backcountry skiing. On cold days I use this as my uphill layer to protect from wind and snow, then throw a shell over top for the downhill. The shoulders and hood provide adaquate protection, while the body remains breathable. Highly recommended

(Posted on 5/4/14)

Great jacket (Review by sfotex)

I wanted a jacket for trail running with a hood for afternoon thunderstorms, etc. This is a great idea, the body works as a wind shirt, with a weather resistant hood/shoulders. The arms are nice and long, and the jacket is pretty well featured for such a light piece -- hood adjustment, little piece of fleece covers the zipper at the chin, etc.

My only gripe is I wished there was a strap to hold the hood down when you don't need it, it's pretty noisy when it's flapping around when you're running with the hood down. If you were using it for climbing, hiking, etc. this probably wouldn't be a big deal.

(Posted on 3/24/14)

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