The Outdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket is an ultralight rain jacket for at-hand protection while climbing or ultralight backpacking. The Helium II weighs in at 5.5oz (size medium) and packs into its own chest pocket for clipping to your harness or the outside of your pack for quick access. The Pertex Shield+ 2.5L fabric is 100% nylon 30D ripstop and fully seam taped, making it 100% waterproof. The zippers are water-resistant to prevent leakage while the elastic cuffs and drawcord hem seal out drafts. Tiny package, huge waterproof results.
FEATURES of the Outdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket
Fully Seam Taped
Fully Adjustable Hood
Single-Separating Front Zipper
Internal Front-Zip Stormflap
Zippered Napoleon Pocket
Internal Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
SPECIFICATIONS of the Outdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket
Weight: (M): 5.5 oz / 156 g
Center Back Length: 26" / 66 cm
Pertex Shield+ 2.5L, 100% nylon 30D ripstop
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Yep, a second indeed! I had the Helium Edition 1. Loved it. When I saw they had made it lighter and it was available in green, I shared the love of Helium 1 with a friend and bought myself the Helium ii. I use this jacket for all things when the temp is above 55. I cycle in it. I run in it (okay, maybe not often since I think running is 'of the devil'). I climb in it. And did I say that I climb in it? This jacket stays in the pack year round. It packs so compactly, that whether it's on my harness or in my pack...it is never in the way. I have mastered putting it on while leaving it attached to the harness on those long alpine routes. I can't say enough about the breathability.
I can't say enough good about this jacket. Some days I hope it will rain just so I can wear it! It's lighter than any other rain jacket could hope to be, but still very effective! While heavy rain will make this jacket seem soaked through (it clings to you and even appears drenched), I'm always totally dry underneath. Plus, it's thin and light fabric allows it to dry quickly after a sudden downpour and keeps you from sweating buckets underneath in the summer. The hood fits snug and cinches down well. The only two things I'll note that are negatives are that there are no hand pockets (1 chest pocket) and the wrists are a bit loose with no way to be cinched.