Women's Helium II Jacket

Style# 243823OR

MINIMALIST STORM PROTECTION Built for flash-storm protection, the 100% waterproof, super-breathable Helium II weighs an incredibly light 5.5 ounces. An ultra-compressible piece you’ll never leave behind, it’s so light and packs down so small you’ll forget it’s clipped to your harness until you throw it on to ward off a sudden mid-route downpour.
Standard Fit


Pewter/Rio Plaid




  • Fabric Performance: Waterproof, Breathable, Fully Seam-Taped, Laminated Construction, Windproof, Lightweight
  • Design Features: Adjustable Hood, YKK® AquaGuard® Zippers, Zip Chest Pocket, Internal Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack, Reflective Logos, Carabiner Loop
  • Functional Details: Single-Separating Front Zipper, Elastic Cuffs, Elastic Drawcord Hem


Fit: Standard Fit

Fabric: Pertex® Shield+, 2.5L, 100% nylon, 30D ripstop

Center Back Length: 26” / 66 cm

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 5.5oz / 156g (M)

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Customer Reviews

Perfect for travel (Review by Rock Warrior)

I packed this jacket along with a lightweight compressible down jacket on my recent winter trip to NYC. It was perfect for the pop up snow/showers and the winter winds swirling through the Manhattan streets. Because of its pack ability I could easily take it in and out of my shoulder bag. People on the subway were amazed as they watched me stuff it in its own pocket. Others were equality surprised when they saw a jacket come out of the tiny pouch.

(Posted on 4/6/17)

Super-light and packable (Review by Jenny)

This is an amazingly light jacket. It does the job, doesn't make you all sweaty, and feels featherlight. Took it to Costa Rica and it came in handy during changing weather, packed small, and dried fast even in humidity. The hood is adjustable, so you can almost completely cover your face, or cinch it up for better visibility. Based on other reviews, I sized up and the Large fits well. It's a tiny bit loose in some spots, but I can see how the Medium would have been tight in key areas that would decrease mobility, like the shoulders. So size up if you're in doubt or want to wear this over other clothing.

(Posted on 1/30/17)

AWESOME! (Review by Hannah)

Amazing versatile jacket that is windproof and waterproof. Great for trail running, hiking, and cross county/ backcountry skiing. Packs small so you'll never leave it behind. I'm 5'5'' and 135 lbs and the Medium fits well with lots of room for winter layers.

(Posted on 12/29/16)

Great Purchase! (Review by idahomie)

I love how compact the jacket is! Hood cinch is nice and keeps the hood formed so you can always see. I do wish there were pockets at the hips, but with a crazy lightweight jacket they are understandably absent.

(Posted on 12/28/16)

Best of the Best (Review by WonderWoman)

By far this is the very best rain jacket /shell I have ever, ever owned! I have worn it for multiple day hikes and 2 backpack trips and it performed perfectly in damp, cold weather as outer layer and kept me completely dry in a 2-hour downpour. Beyond its impeccable function it is styled beautifully. I now wear it around town for errands -- even walking the dog. Two of my friends have now purchased it because they liked mine so well! There is nothing I can think of that would improve it -- just don't change it!

(Posted on 10/22/16)

Worth every penny (Review by Tara)

Wanted to lighten up my pack weight and was SO glad I picked this up for a 5-day Fall backpacking trip in the Sierras. Not only did it pack down super-small it stayed dry and warm (without being clammy at all) during a sudden thundershower on Day 3 of the trip. Merely popped open the velcro and voila! on it went. Zipper glides easily, roomy fit for layers in cold weather (boxy shaped), cinches at the waist and hood (non-slip) with a enough room to wear a helmet or beanie comfortably. My new favorite outwear for ALL outdoor adventures. Hubby eyed my Helium II with envy for its pack-ability, weight, size, and overall function. You'll get a lot of questions and interest about this one out on the trail or paddling on the water!

(Posted on 10/13/16)

Keeping rain out since 2014 (Review by Logan)

I love this jacket. I have had it for 2 years now and have loved it for its light weight and small packing size. I have used it skiing, kayaking, climbing, and fishing in the rain, hiking and kicking around town. It has never let me down. It is more breathable than your typical rain jacket; however it is no soft shell. It has a plasticky feel but still stretches a small amount. Not super durable for climbing rock but good to throw on your harness just in case.

(Posted on 9/26/16)

Great lightweight rain jacket (Review by Kat)

This jacket performs just as well as my heavier rain gear, and is much more packable and breathable.

I was skeptical of how a jacket so light and thin could keep out water effectively, but after a test run in the shower and lots of use in the field, it's doing great! It doubles as a nice windbreaker layer too, and works well for running in the rain in cooler weather. The neck is a little tall for zipping up all the way in light rain, but the extra height helps a lot with heavy rain and wind.

I'm 5'3, 120ish pounds, and the small size fits perfectly with room for layers underneath. My only wish is that there were hand pockets, but for the light weight and packability, this jacket can't be beat.

(Posted on 5/13/16)

Great Lightweight Jacket (Review by Anna)

I have had this jacket a couple of months now. Overall, it has been great. Super light and waterproof for the occasional pop up rain storm-it's intended purpose. I had it out last weekend in a huge rain event (by central Alaska's standards mind you) and I actually stayed pretty dry for the 3 hours we were out in it. As is usual with most jackets, the water started to kind of seep up the sleeves a little. My biggest complaint is the hood. The way it cinches pulls it off from over my head. In heavy winds, not cinching at all will cause it to blow off. An update to the hood system would be nice on future renditions of this jacket. Overall though, great jacket!

(Posted on 7/27/15)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by Kels)

This jacket is what dreams are made of. I myself am a pretty small gal (5 ft & 118 lbs.), and the small size fits wonderfully, even with my thick Patagonia fleece underneath. Also, I really enjoy the construction and the placing of the two pockets. Not to mention how nice it is to be able to pack up your rain jacket to the size of a cliff bar. In summary, I have adorned this jacket through many-a-storm and it has yet to disappoint me.

(Posted on 7/14/15)

Life Saver (Review by Mary)

The trail disappeared a handful of times on a recent backpacking trip in Montana, putting us behind schedule and right on top of Big Horn Peak as the clouds rolled in. I threw my Helium II on, but my friend didn't have enough time to pull out her bulky rain jacket before the storm started. We pitched the tent as fast as we could, but still spent about five minutes in the freezing rain, pea-sized hail, and 60 mph winds. This little jacket kept me dry, while my (utterly soaked) friend quickly became hypothermic. The story ends well though, and now I will be buying her a Helium as well!

(Posted on 7/6/15)

Needs pockets (Review by City Mouse)

I love this jacket - it's the exact thing I've been looking for in a light weight rain jacket that doesn't make me sweat profusely when it's hot outside. The only change I would make (that I would beg for being made) is to add pockets on the front for hands and things to rest in. This would make the jacket even more versatile!

(Posted on 6/14/15)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by Kels)

I just received my Helium II in "apple" and I am absolutely thrilled. It suites my needs on day hikes and bouldering excursions, and it is the lightest, most convenient shell I have encountered.

(Posted on 6/9/15)

Be Prepared (Review by Mariam H)

Easily the most versatile jacket ever, from cutting the wind on the ridges and unexpected rainfall on horseback, to sudden downpours while tramping, to a breathable shield on a mountain bike ride gone long. Just stuff it or tie it on and you are good to go, anywhere without the weight.

(Posted on 11/18/14)

Light, waterproof, small (Review by Alison)

Love this jacket. Cut wide enough for layers and long enough to fit tucked under waist belts. Very light, very small, and very waterproof. Of all my rain jackets, this is my favorite for day and overnight trips.

(Posted on 11/10/14)

Perfect in case of a storm (Review by SL)

High quality jacket in a very small lightweight package. It is barely noticeable in my hydration pack when out for longer mtn bike rides. Great for both breaking the wind and water protection. Definitely recommend this jacket to others!

(Posted on 6/23/14)

Best Lightweight Rain Jacket on the Market (Review by alpinerodeo)

This is the perfect lightweight rain jacket to stash in your climbing, backpacking, or skiing pack, or just clip onto your harness. It’s so lightweight, you don’t even notice you’re carrying it! I love OR’s stuffing system on most jackets, including this one, where you can stuff the jacket into the pocket and use the loop and clip (or your own biner) to clip it to your harness or on the outside of a pack.

I’m 5’3” and about 135lbs and normally wear my OR jackets in a S, but go this one in a M to fit over my down jackets in case I need it for cold-weather protection. This setup works great and avoids me having to carry an extra jacket in the alpine.

(Posted on 4/16/14)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By castorga)

The Helium 2 Jacket is simple and the best. The fit is great, it still repels water after much use, it'll make you feel light and fast, and you won't go anywhere without it. This jacket will get compliments time and time again. I'm normally a size Medium and W's Helium 2 medium fits me well for spring/ summer layering. If you need more layering underneath you might consider buying a size bigger.

(Posted on 5/7/13)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By Dana)

The Hellium II Jacket straps perfectly on a harness for summer climbing ascents. It acts as a wind layer or a light rain jacket. When climbing on warm summer days in the alpine it provides just enough protection to feel safe from a rain storm. In the winter it can be used as a skinning layer for skiing and protection from snow when working up a sweat in the backcountry. It breathes well and pushes moisture away. If you are looking for that lightweight rain coat to bring on alpine ascents this is it.

(Posted on 3/31/13)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By desertrat)

My first "lightweight" rainjacket. It's a pain to always carry around a full waterproof jacket, especially in the high desert in Utah, when the storms are few, short lasting, and not too cold. Now this little jacket lives in my pack and rather than just "toughing it out" when it drizzles/rains for a little bit, I'm dry and comfy with this one. Great breathability too, especially for biking.

(Posted on 4/25/12)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By nancy)

I had one of the original Helium jackets and enjoyed. But the Helium II actually brings in some superior advancements:-lighter (I didn't think it could get lighter! I forget it is on my harness until I need it.)-more breathable (A welcome improvement)-great color choices (I'm a girl. I like things to be pretty. I have the green and it was really hard to decide this year as all three colors were lovely.)-fit (It's long enough in the torso to raise your arms and not leave you exposed to the elements. The sleeves are long enough, too.)This jacket stays in the front seat of my truck for all purposes. It's excellent to do long road rides, as well. It is small enough to fit in a jersey's rear pocket.

(Posted on 4/15/12)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By MissAnneSkids)

This jacket is simple, light, and fits great. The thing that keeps me coming back to OR Gear is how they keep it simple, and just make it right. I keep this in my climbing pack, and I always forget it's there until it starts raining, and then I'm psyched that I won't be soaked on the hike down.

(Posted on 4/11/12)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By cheryl)

I didn't think the OR Helium Jacket could get better (I have the first version). The Helium II is lighter and is still a high performance adventure jacket. I climb with mine folded up into itself & clipped to the back of my harness. In cool, windy conditions I put it on and stay warm but don't' sweat because the jacket is so breathable. I have gotten caught out in the rain and stayed dry. I wear a medium and the size is a perfect including sleeve length. This jacket will join me on every climbing/hiking adventure. It also looks great "about town."

(Posted on 4/10/12)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By Ellen)

This jacket packs down so small I hardly notice it when biking or hiking. I was surprised how well it breathed despite being waterproof (and not gortex) but maybe that's because it is so light. I am always between a medium and a large, (5'7", 145 lbs) and I got this one in a medium so it wouldn't billow much while biking but it's a little tight across my shoulders and a little short in the arms. I'm going to get a large so that I can use it more in the winter or for backpacking when I am layering.

(Posted on 2/18/12)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By mltb)

This jacket is perfect for summer hiking and backpacking. The trim fit moves with me and fits perfectly. It cuts the wind, thus helping me retain body heat. The lack of hip pockets adds to the minimalist style. Absolutely perfect.

(Posted on 7/27/11)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By LandLTrips)

This weighs about the same as helium (so the name is appropriate) & the tiny packed size makes it easy to clip to the belt or pack along, so it's fantastic for those 'just in case' situations. My only complaint is the sizing -I'm normally a Medium, but ordered a Large so it would fit over winter layers, but it fits at least a whole size smaller than it should. I guess I'll have to order a mens if I want one that will fit over extra layers?! Too bad it's not available in XL womens...

(Posted on 5/30/11)

Women's Helium II Jacket (Review by By Deb Mandatory Equipment)

This is by far the best light weight rain jacket. I love it. I am an avid ultra runner and adventure racer so I need to travel light and this jacket is perfect. It folds up into a small ball which you can then clip onto your backpack with a carabiner or just throw inside your pack. I absolutely love it!

(Posted on 4/7/11)

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