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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Ultralight Waterproof Shell


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Item # OURQ2202M
The 6.4 ounce Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket is ideal for ounce-counting backpackers and hikers. Ultra-lightweight, ultra-compressible Pertex Shield DS ripstop fabric offers waterproof/breathable protection without compromising durability.
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The 6.4 ounce Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket is ideal for ounce-counting backpackers and hikers. Ultra-lightweight, ultra-compressible Pertex Shield DS ripstop fabric offers waterproof/breathable protection without compromising durability.

Despite its lightweight design, the Men's Helium II Jacket incorporates a number of features, including a single-pull hood adjustment, a hem adjustment and elastic cuffs to deliver a customized fit. For convenient storage, the Men's Helium II Jacket stows neatly inside its own side-hem pocket. Other features include a storm flap behind the front zipper and a zippered external chest pocket.

The Outdoor Research Men's Helium II Jacket is available in multiple sizes and your choice of colors.

  • Ultralight waterproof/breathable
  • Fully seam taped
  • Adjustable hood
  • Water resistant zippers
  • 7.5"/19cm internal storm flap
  • Zippered chest pocket
  • Stuff pocket with carabiner loop
  • Elastic cuffs
  • Drawcord hem



Best Use Backpacking, Hiking, Running/Fitness, Cycling
Jacket Back Length Hip-Length
Center Back Length 31"
Warranty Lifetime
Type Ultralight Waterproof/Breathable Jacket
Shell Material 2.5 Layer 30D Pertex Shield (100% Nylon Ripstop)
Other Packs into Hidden Pocket
Number of Pockets 1
Item Weight 6.4 oz (108 g)
Hood Yes; Adjustable
Fit Standard Fit


Real Customer Reviews

Average Rating:
(based on 11 real customer reviews)

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best ultralight rain jacket
Reviewed by Allen O. - January 4, 2019

Likes: this is my second Helium II jacket and I loved it. it's light, great water protection, and stored easily into a pocket.

Dislikes: none

Awesome lightweight multi-purpose rain jacket!
Reviewed by Erik N. - April 9, 2018

Likes: Lightweight

Dislikes: Jacket color is inaccurate from the photo for peacock/ hops. The color of the coat is much more vibrant, especially the green (hops) color.

Great jacket
Reviewed by Erick G. - March 18, 2018

Likes: Wore this jacket and a short sleeve shirt on my motorcycle going 75mph for 45 minutes 50°f weather about 30°f with wind chill in light rain. I managed to stay dry and warm through out the ride, so pretty happy with the purchase so far.

Dislikes: Kind of tight. I normally wear a large because I have wide shoulders and can wear the large comfortably, but its to tight to layer a down jacket underneath comfortably which is something i was hoping to do during colder weather. Definitely size up if you have a wide frame and dont want to hulk out of this thing.

Reviewed by Joe G. - March 13, 2018

Likes: I am 6'0, 180 lbs and the Large fits great over a sweater. Very lightweight and packs down in its own pocket to 5x5x2, which is great for travelers trying to maximize luggage space. Sheds light rain very well. Haven't been able to try it in a downpour.

Dislikes: Awkward space in the chest area when fully zipped

Perfect for me
Reviewed by Sand in Shoe - January 19, 2018

Likes: Light weight, very small pack size, wind and waterproof.
Wanted a compact shell for my trail running pack, this fits the bill perfectly.
There are some that are slightly lighter, but this is awesome value for money.
I'm a desert dweller, so it's mostly short showers, or used as a wind breaker.
The fit is athletic, I sized up to large so it would cover my running pack/vest.
I like it enough that I bought a medium as well for when I'm not using it for running.
I'd recommend this for hikers , backpackers or trail runners.

Dislikes: Pit zips would be cool, but they add weight and affect compressibility, not a dislike, more like a wish but I don't miss them.

90% Satisfied
Reviewed by Jerry W. - January 3, 2018

Likes: Extremely lightweight, packs down small
Happy with the quick exchange for larger size

Dislikes: Had to exchange for an X-Large as fit was to tight, difficult to put on over layers.
When hiking in steady all day rain with backpack on some water does get forced through where pack contacts shoulders and upper back.

Excellent rain jacket
Reviewed by Metasequoia - December 9, 2017

Likes: Lightweight, kept me dry on two day hikes in the rain. Seems to be more durable than the Frog Togg jacket that it replaced- a lot more expensive, though.

Dislikes: The bill/visor could be a little stiffer.

Good Rain Jacket
Reviewed by Daniel D. - November 28, 2017

Likes: Really light weight, keeps you dry

Dislikes: none

Great piece of gear
Reviewed by William H. - September 18, 2017

Likes: Weight, fit, comfort, looks.

Dislikes: nothing

This is a go to for many weight conscious backpackers, and that is precisely why I bought it. It packs neatly into its inside pocket and is extremely lightweight. It is always there when I need it.
Reviewed by David C. - April 14, 2017

Likes: Packable

Dislikes: None

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