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Men's Helium II Jacket

#242969

Minimalist Storm Protection
$159.00
FIT: Standard fit
COLOR lemongrass
SIZE: S - In stock
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Built for flash-storm protection, the 100% waterproof, super- breathable Helium II weighs an incredibly light 6.4 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.
Fabric :
Pertex® Shield+, 2.5L, 100% nylon, 30D ripstop
Center Back Length :
28 1/2” / 72 cm
Weight :
6.4oz / 180g Avg. Weight for size L
  • 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

RATING AND REVIEWS

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ORMen's Helium II Jacket
 
4.6

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

MVP(most valuable peice) of Gear on top

Tested in Alaska's Backcountry from the Tongass N.F. to the Gates Of The Arctic N.P. and all over in between the OR Helium II has performed almost flawlessly. It has seen me through...Read complete review

Tested in Alaska's Backcountry from the Tongass N.F. to the Gates Of The Arctic N.P. and all over in between the OR Helium II has performed almost flawlessly. It has seen me through 13 hour days of rain and wind hiking through the Amphitheater Mountains in the Alaska range and was used almost everyday on that trek to keep me dry or my for other favorite use, as a windbreaker. Among other gear such as my Aurora Bivy I stayed not just dry but "in my living room" comfortable in conditions that ranged from mist to rain to, snain on my entire 60 mile trip in the Gates Of The Arctic this fall. I firmly believe the PerTex is underrated as far as durability.

We do almost exclusively off trail trips, a sporadic game trail is about the best path you can expect for most of our destinations. For two years now I've ran this jacket through alder patches, devils club, some bouldering/sport climbs, its hunted moose, bear and sheep yet the only thing that has happened is the reflective logo has worn off the shoulder (oh no!). The fabric does wet out, but come time to take it off I am always dry inside except under my pack and that's the packs fault. Breathability is great even without pit zips and at a reasonable pace I never feel sweaty underneath.

The hood fits very securely and doesn't block your peripheral vision even as you turn your head. All of the elastic cords are light and operate well. The zippers are tight, not excessively, but what do you want, its supposed to keep water out. Fit on my frame, 6' 175lbs, in large is close to perfect except the length could stand another inch or two. While there are always improvements that can be made this is possibly the most used top I have beside my merino 1/4 zip base. Long trips require each piece we carry to be as light and compact as possible. I often find lightweight gear that I can't be confident will perform when its needed most; this isn't one of those. Way to go OR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great design, poor execution

Nice idea for a light yet waterproof shell. Unfortunately, the quality is unsatisfactory. The zipper failed at the base as I was trying it for size fro the first time. Fabric appears...Read complete review

Nice idea for a light yet waterproof shell. Unfortunately, the quality is unsatisfactory. The zipper failed at the base as I was trying it for size fro the first time. Fabric appears fine, a bit tight as other have stated, but the cheap zipper is a major fail. Sorry but this does not hack it.

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5.0

Favorite shell for ultralight endeavors

By 

from Wasatch Mountains, UT

About Me Professional/Guide

Pros

  • Breathable
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • versatile
  • Waterproof
  • Windproof

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Casual Wear
    • Cold Weather
    • Extreme Conditions
    • Fly Fishing
    • Hiking and Camping
    • Mountain biking
    • Skiing/Snowboarding
    • Wet Weather

    Comments about Men's Helium II Jacket:

    Solid protection from the harsh elements, in a package that packs down to the size of an apple. I bring this jacket along for every summertime activity, from mountain biking to fly fishing it comes in hand in times of need. It's a bummer when you're way out in the middle of nowhere, and mother nature starts to unleash. This shell is small and light enough that i have no excuse not to bring it. It has saved me many times!

    • Fit:
    • Feels true to size
    • Sleeve Length:
    • Feels true to length
    • Chest Size:
    • Feels true to size
     
    5.0

    A staple in my pack

    By 

    from Whitefish, MT

    About Me Casual/ Recreational

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Stylish
    • Waterproof

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Hiking and Camping
      • Wet Weather

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      I got this jacket as a lightweight piece of 'insurance' to deal w/ sudden wet weather, mainly while cycling, but also hiking. It compresses well, weighs very little and the hood fits well over a helmet. On all-day, epic rides, it makes me feel a bit more prepared and I know I'm not going to get drenched.

      • Fit:
      • Feels true to size
      • Sleeve Length:
      • Feels true to length
      • Chest Size:
      • Feels true to size
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Good for what its intended for

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      I bought this jacket for my rainy Seattle bike commuting jacket, since it's lightweight, waterproof, and a great windbreaker. It does all those things very well, but it is not particularly breathable so it does get sweaty inside. Based on my experience, I think this is a great piece for "just-in-case" storm protection in the alpine, especially if it's cooler out. It is kind of uncomfortable if it's rainy and warm.

       
      4.0

      Quality element protection

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      love this jacket for trail running, and even skinning on a warmer day when a beefy shell is not needed.

       
      5.0

      Works and stows well when not needed

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      I live in coral Gables, where rain can be expected on any day in the rainy season, and many days in the winter. I keep it in my bike or car or boat and it works great.

       
      5.0

      Perfect lightweight and water proof

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      The weight and volume are great for backpacking trips where every ounce and every inch of space is important. It has kept me dry. It may not have all of the fancy venting zips and things but it keeps you dry which is the goal. I haven't had to use it all day while hiking so I do not know how well it 'breathes' over time. But I don't think I would be any worse off with any of my other jackets based on my current usage. Because of the weight and the small volume of this jacket, it now comes along with me on all my hikes here in the PNW.

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great shoulder season running jacket

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      I have been using this jacket for the past few months running in the Cascades and it s absolutely a perfect piece of kit for keeping in your running vest and pulling out when things get nasty. It definitely favors waterproofness over breathability but frankly when you need this thing, you don't care. It is not a blustery cool day running jacket - its an oh crap the sky just opened up jacket.

       
      5.0

      Incredible.. kept me alive

      By 

      from CA

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      I was in the Bugaboos last summer and after a long 23 hour day we were nearing camp as a huge thunderstorm rolled in.. I was unable to find any good shelter from the rain so I just had this and my hard-shell pants to keep me warm. The temps were in the mid to low 40's. After about an hour of intense rain wind and hail we were able to make it back to camp.. I was dripping wet from head to toe.. however when it ook my jacket off.. to my surprise my clothes were bone dry!! This thing helped me stave off hyperthermia and it barely cost me anything in terms of weight while climbing!!! 10/10 this jacket is amazing!!

       
      5.0

      MVP(most valuable peice) of Gear on top

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      Tested in Alaska's Backcountry from the Tongass N.F. to the Gates Of The Arctic N.P. and all over in between the OR Helium II has performed almost flawlessly. It has seen me through 13 hour days of rain and wind hiking through the Amphitheater Mountains in the Alaska range and was used almost everyday on that trek to keep me dry or my for other favorite use, as a windbreaker. Among other gear such as my Aurora Bivy I stayed not just dry but "in my living room" comfortable in conditions that ranged from mist to rain to, snain on my entire 60 mile trip in the Gates Of The Arctic this fall. I firmly believe the PerTex is underrated as far as durability.

      We do almost exclusively off trail trips, a sporadic game trail is about the best path you can expect for most of our destinations. For two years now I've ran this jacket through alder patches, devils club, some bouldering/sport climbs, its hunted moose, bear and sheep yet the only thing that has happened is the reflective logo has worn off the shoulder (oh no!). The fabric does wet out, but come time to take it off I am always dry inside except under my pack and that's the packs fault. Breathability is great even without pit zips and at a reasonable pace I never feel sweaty underneath.

      The hood fits very securely and doesn't block your peripheral vision even as you turn your head. All of the elastic cords are light and operate well. The zippers are tight, not excessively, but what do you want, its supposed to keep water out. Fit on my frame, 6' 175lbs, in large is close to perfect except the length could stand another inch or two. While there are always improvements that can be made this is possibly the most used top I have beside my merino 1/4 zip base. Long trips require each piece we carry to be as light and compact as possible. I often find lightweight gear that I can't be confident will perform when its needed most; this isn't one of those. Way to go OR.

      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      MVP(most valuable peice) of Gear on top

      By 

      from US

      Site Member

      Comments about OR Men's Helium II Jacket:

      Tested in Alaska's Backcountry from the Tongass N.F. to the Gates Of The Arctic N.P. and all over in between the OR Helium II has performed almost flawlessly. It has seen me through 13 hour days of rain and wind hiking through the Amphitheater Mountains in the Alaska range and was used almost everyday on that trek to keep me dry or my for other favorite use, as a windbreaker. Among other gear such as my Aurora Bivy I stayed not just dry but "in my living room" comfortable in conditions that ranged from mist to rain to, snain on my entire 60 mile trip in the Gates Of The Arctic this fall. I firmly believe the PerTex is underrated as far as durability.

      We do almost exclusively off trail trips, a sporadic game trail is about the best path you can expect for most of our destinations. For two years now I've ran this jacket through alder patches, devils club, some bouldering/sport climbs, its hunted moose, bear and sheep yet the only thing that has happened is the reflective logo has worn off the shoulder (oh no!). The fabric does wet out, but come time to take it off I am always dry inside except under my pack and that's the packs fault. Breathability is great even without pit zips and at a reasonable pace I never feel sweaty underneath.

      The hood fits very securely and doesn't block your peripheral vision even as you turn your head. All of the elastic cords are light and operate well. The zippers are tight, not excessively, but what do you want, its supposed to keep water out. Fit on my frame, 6' 175lbs, in large is close to perfect except the length could stand another inch or two. While there are always improvements that can be made this is possibly the most used top I have beside my merino 1/4 zip base. Long trips require each piece we carry to be as light and compact as possible. I often find lightweight gear that I can't be confident will perform when its needed most; this isn't one of those. Way to go OR.

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      Size & fit guide

      Men’s apparel - measurement guide & size chart


      Mesurement shown in:
      XS S M L XL XXL
      CHEST 34”86 37”94 40”102 43”109 46”117 49”124.5
      WAIST 26”66 29”74 32”81 35”89 38”97 41”104
      HIPS 33”84 36”92 39”99.5 42”106 45”114 48”122
      INSEAM 30”76 31”79 32”81 33”84 34”86 35”89
      *All sizing is based on your body measurement for graded styles.
      We adjust the garment for intended fit and intended use.