Outdoor Research's Helium HD Jacket uses high performing Pertex Shield+ fabric to produce a feature rich jacket that's incredibly light yet waterproof and breathable.
Outdoor Research says:
The 9.1 ounce Pertex Shield+ Helium HD Jacket is completely waterproof and breathable, super compressible and provides all the features that serious backpackers and alpine climbers demand. These include zippered hand pockets, a wire-brimmed hood, pit zips, a key clip and our proprietary Halo Hood, which preserves peripheral vision while sealing out nasty weather.
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Outdoor Research's Helium HD Jacket is made from 2.5Layer Pertex Shield+, which is one of the highest performing ultralight fabrics available, it is very waterproof and breathable despite the low weight.
Designed as an ultralight shell with a comprehensive feature-set it has a wired peak and a wrap around drawcord on the hood to that when cinched it will move as you move your head. There's no further hood adjustment which can leave the front gaping a little.
The zips down the front and on the single chest pocket are water resistant, and there's a backing channel on the front zip to ensure no weather gets through. The cuffs are finished with a hook and loop fastener and the hem has a drawcord tightener.
There are two zipped handpockets and underarm pit-zips making this a very versatile jacket.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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