Helium Jacket

An ultra-lightweight waterproof jacket protects from summertime downpours with high-tech fabric


With all the rain in NYC lately, I’ve had a chance to properly test the Helium Jacket that Outdoor Research recently sent over. At only 6.8 ounces, the jacket is the ideal weight for toting around in preparation for summertime storms or tossing in a backpack while hiking.

The fully waterproof Helium jacket, with 2.5 layers of the Seattle, WA-based company’s 20D Pertex Shield DS ripstop fabric protects from downpours well. The fit is trim and suitable for warm weather layering and the finish includes heat-taped seams and hidden cinch cords keeping the lines clean. Conveniently, the entire jacket compresses in to a side pocket for simple storage.

The Helium jacket sells online for $140 in three colorways—yellow, fossil and black.