Outdoor Research's Helium Pants use high performing Pertex Shield+ fabric to produce waterproof overtrousers that are incredibly light yet waterproof and breathable.
Outdoor Research says:
The 5.9 ounce, Pertex Shield+ Helium Pants come with all the waterproof performance and lightweight packable protection you need in a serious deluge. Compressible to the size of a granola bar, you'll forget they're stuffed in your pack until you throw them on to ward off a sudden mid-hike downpour.
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Outdoor Research's Helium Pants are made from 2.5Layer Pertex Shield+, which is one of the highest performing ultralight fabrics available, make them very waterproof and breathable despite the low weight.
The Helium pants have a shockcorded waist that's also half elasticated with a siliconised surface finish that will help stop these pants from working down, a similar finish to each hem should also stop the legs from working upwards as you bend and move.
There are loops for braces and calf length water resistant zips to help with getting on and off. There's even a zipped back pocket. There're no scuff panels at the ankles, presumably to keep the weight down - but these would have extended thee life of these pants a bit.
Designed with multisports in mind the Helium pants have some features suited to snow sports, but remain an excellent all round overtrouser.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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