Gear Review: Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket

April 24, 2014  |  In Gear Reviews   |   Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,   |   5 Comments

Ultralight Wind Shell
Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket
$165, 5.5 oz. (men’s medium)
Sizes: men’s S-XL, women’s XS-XL

On a 7.5-mile trail run in Idaho’s Boise Foothills near my home, on an April morning with temps in the 50s and a strong, cool wind blowing, I stopped after climbing uphill for close to an hour. Sweating hard in that wind, wearing a lightweight, long-sleeve top that was now wet, I felt almost instantly chilled. Ahead of me were the last few, mostly downhill miles. So I pulled on this ultralight shell.

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5 Responses to Gear Review: Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket

  1. Giani   |  July 22, 2014 at 10:53 am

    Interesting review Michael.
    I understand it’s extremely light,breathable and windproof. However, why did OR only make the ‘head and shoulders’ waterproof?
    If I’m caught by a rain shower out in the field, I’d prefer to have the rest dry too, especially at the asking price of this product.
    Being so light, I also wonder whether the material is strong enough to be used with a backpack ?

    • michaellanza   |  August 8, 2014 at 6:16 am

      Hi Giani, good questions. In short, don’t get this if you’re looking for a full-on rain jacket. This is intended as an ultralight shell for aerobic activities where you might get rained on for a short time, but you’re exerting enough to avoid getting cold if you get wet (like running or biking). Most of the jacket lacks waterproofing because it’s intended to be more breathable than a waterproof membrane is. You may want to read my rain jackets reviews:

  2. Rachel Quaill   |  May 28, 2014 at 10:34 am

    Nice looking jacket1

  3. jeannemeeks   |  May 27, 2014 at 11:00 pm

    Looks perfect for my up-coming backpacking trip.

  4. Bonnie Waugh   |  May 25, 2014 at 4:07 pm

    Nice jacket 🙂

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