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Outdoor Research Helium Jacket review
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Outdoor Research Helium Jacket
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A chilly spring morning can become worse with a windy downpour smacking up against you. The combo of cool temperatures, rain drops, and a stiff wind can cut short your commune with the backcountry. Outdoor Research packed the power of Pertex into 7 ounces of wind-stopping and rain-repelling power with their Helium Jacket to take on the spring season.

Pertex Shield is used in the design of the Outdoor Research Helium Jacket. Pertex Shield boasts its ability as a windproof and waterproof fabric that is highly breathable. The Helium has:

  • Attached adjustable brimmed-hood
  • Water resistant zippers
  • An external zipped left-breast pocket and an internal Velcro-secured pocket
  • Adjustable waist band
  • Taped seams

Nothing puts the Helium Jacket to the test than a wet and windy spring hike. Under duress from the elements, the Outdoor Research Helium Jacket surpassed expectations. The only place that water penetrated the jacket's Pertex fortress is at the elastic cuffs, and this was only minimal.

The Helium Jacket showed its windproofing ability by giving ample protection in a heavy headwind. Many wind/waterproof shells are known to have poor wicking ability and holding perspiration against your body instead of wicking it away. The Helium Jacket showed above average breathability and didn't trap the sweat while meandering on the trails.

The jacket packs into the interior Velcro-secured pocket. This makes it convenient to pack in your pack. Or it can be secured to the exterior of your pack from its reinforced loop with a carabineer.

Outdoor_Research_logoThe Outdoor Research Helium Jacket comes in three colors – gold, grey, and black – and it retails for $140. It carries an Infinite Guarantee, Outdoor Research's limited lifetime warranty.

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Jason Elliot

JElliotJason Elliot is the Editor and Publisher of Elliot has established a respected following with the top industry professionals and gearheads for his nonbiased reviews of outdoor gear and apparel. Elliot is a regular contributor to, and other publications on top of his editorial and writing role with

Elliot left a successful fifteen-plus year management career that he worked at Fortune 500 and S&P 500 companies to pursue his passion for writing about the outdoors. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a master’s degree from La Roche College.

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