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Men's Helium II Jacket

#242969

Minimalist Storm Protection
$159.00
FIT: Standard fit
COLOR glacier
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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4.6

(based on 50 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for surprises

Just used the Helium for a 2 week series of outdoor excursions in Iceland. I decided on this shell for the trip because of its lightness and packability, and also because Iceland is known...Read complete review

Just used the Helium for a 2 week series of outdoor excursions in Iceland. I decided on this shell for the trip because of its lightness and packability, and also because Iceland is known for wind and drizzle/ mist that tends to just keep everything moist. Well, unfortunately for me, this year was a particularly wet and cold summer, and there were weather advisories for all highland regions pretty much throughout. On our first day backpacking, we hiked up quite a bit of elevation, and ended up hiking for hours across snowfield in a hard driving rain. This shell just did not cut it for that kind of weather. I don't think it leaked, but I know the face fabric wet out, and that likely meant little to no moisture moved through the membrane. When I arrived at camp hours later, I was soaked -- through my thin micro-check fleece shirt, right down to my underwear layer. In the following days, whenever the rain came in with a vengeance, I'd wear my thin PrimaLoft (Gold) jacket underneath and this not only kept the moisture largely off me, but also dried super quick when it did get a bit wet.

I originally bought this shell for backpacking in the Canadian Rockies, where I've backpacked for years and years carrying heavier rain gear which basically just sat in my pack or maybe got pulled out at night if I got cold. And for this kind of application, for the surprise rainstorm, or thundershower, this shell is awesome and I continue to use it happily. But for all day, relentless, driving rain, unfortunately this is not the shell to take -- nor is it advertised as such. I was, perhaps too optimistically, hoping it would be. So I'm writing this review for anyone else who might've had the same thoughts.

The only real complaint I have is with the zippers, which are very stiff in contrast to the fabric. My front zip doesn't always open or close easily -- and with cold, wet hands it sucks.

TL;DR: Great (as advertised, for flash storms) but inadequate for all-day driving rain.

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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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4.0

Good for what its intended for

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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

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from US

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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

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from US

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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

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from US

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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.

 
5.0

Great shoulder season running jacket

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from US

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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

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from CA

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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

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from US

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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.

 
5.0

MVP(most valuable peice) of Gear on top

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from US

Site Member

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.

 
4.0

Take Anywhere

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from US

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Originally, I bought this jacket as an emergency storm jacket for fast and light day ski-tours as well as for a lightweight fast pack of the John Muir Trail and the Sierra High Route. I expected it to perform well with the typical late afternoon Sierra thunderstorms, but it certainly proved its worth when we were hit by a two day September rain/snow storm in the High Sierra.

The fit is comfortable and the design is simple but functional. After 2 years of constant use (hiking, skiing, trail running), the lining seems to be wearing away but for the price, I am more than satisfied. I live in the Pacific Northwest, and rain gear is well used and damned important.

The ultimate compliment is that this jacket works and you don't notice it....I take it everywhere.

 
1.0

Great design, poor execution

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from CA

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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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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.