Outdoor Research Helium II

Protection from the wind and the rain when you need it, packs away to next to nothing when you don't. Serves as a lightweight layer to protect from the sun.

MSRP

$159

Technical Details

Material

[membrane/laminate] Pertex Shield (polyurethane), [shell] nylon ripstop (30D)

Seams

fully-taped

Pockets

(external) 1 chest, (internal) 1 stow

Weight

6.4oz

Pros

  • Packs down impossibly small
  • Super lightweight
  • Great range-of-motion
  • Hood design

Cons

  • Elastic on only part of the wrist cuffs
  • Only one zipper pocket
  • Average breathability

Why We Like It

A fully waterproof jacket for a reasonable price that packs down impossibly small, what more could you ask for? This is the perfect jacket when traveling to places where torrential downpours aren't common. While in South America I kept this jacket in my daypack and almost forgot it was there until I felt a raindrop. Perfect for any conditions, especially in places with frequent afternoon showers. For the price, protection, and size the Helium II you'll be hard-pressed to find a better travel rain shell.

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