Lightweight, waterproof and extremely breathable, the Outdoor Research Men's Helium Pants keep you dry and comfortable during downpours, but remove easily when the weather clears thanks to side ankle zippers.
Lightweight, waterproof and very breathable, the Outdoor Research Men’s Helium pants will keep you dry in a downpour, but remove easily when the weather clears thanks to their side ankle zippers. Let’s take a look at all of their other features.
Starting with the fabrics in play on the Helium pants, we have got a 30D rip stop face fabric. And it is a pertex shield plus waterproof breathable material. So it is a nice, super lightweight and compressible material that is fully waterproof and fully seam taped. So you get confident weather protection throughout the entire pant.
Up at the top you have an elastic waistband with a draw cord to kind of cinch that down a little bit more nicely. And we have just one pocket on the pants and that is on my backside. And it is a self stowing pocket. So you can stuff these pants down into that pocket and make a nice compact pack size.
Down at the bottom we have some water resistant welded zippers. So they give you some nice venting and breathability if you want to and they also help you to remove the pants without taking your shoes or your boots off, so a nice added bonus down at the bottom of the pant.
Some other little features we have are, you know, two loops in the front and one loop on the back of the waistband that allow for accessory suspenders and those are not included. They are sold separately. And also down at the cuffs of the pant there are some instep loops so you can, you know, loop your instep lace there or, you know, it just helps with attaching gaiters to the pants, so nice low profile cuff with those instep loops as well. So some nice features and a few extra bonuses in play with the helium pants.
The fit of these pants is fairly regular. I have got them over a pair of lightweight shorts right now and they are still pretty loose and give me some room to move, so it is a nice lightweight feel, lightweight, you know, materials and a nice, regular fit. They are a 31 inch inseam so keep that in mind if you are, you know, very tall or very long legs. They work well with boots, but they are a little bit on the shorter side. So if you plan to wear allow cut trail shoe and no gaiters, keep in mind that they are just a 31 inch inseam. That could be a factor in there, but, again, wearing a mid or a high cut boot and standing up straight these will work well to give you full waterproof protection.
So there you have it. At just 5.9 ounces, the Outdoor Research Men’s Helium Pants are a great packable option for taking into the backcountry when wet weather might come your way.