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Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket - Windproof, Trim Fit (For Women)
Closeouts. Travel on, wilderness wanderer; Outdoor Research's Helium Hybrid jacket has you covered! A waterproof breathable hood and shoulder overlay lends rain-ready protection, and the superlight, super-packable polyurethane-coated Pertex® Shield+ in body and sleeves ensures airy-soft, next-to-nothing coverage.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Macrocystis pyrifera from California on Thursday, November 10, 2016Grain of salt--I am probably biased because I have and love the Helium I and Helium II OR jackets. The Helium jackets are awesome for specific uses, but they are not all purpose rain jackets. If you live somewhere green and rainy, this jacket is not going to meet your needs. The way that I use Helium jackets is for hiking and backpacking, but not during the rainy season. They are so light and packable and do a good job of shedding light rain without making you feel like you're hiking in a trash bag. In case of surprise showers or when you get to the top of a pass, this jacket is great to throw on to block out rain or wind. I am planning on using this jacket for running in cooler and/or wetter temperatures--the water resistance, wind protection, breathability, and trim cut should be great for that.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by kschnee from CT on Wednesday, March 16, 2016Was looking for a waterproof/breathable rain jacket. Should have read the description more carefully -- this jacket has a hood and shoulders with a waterproof overlay, but the rest of the jacket is only water-resistant. Very light, nice fit, beautiful color, but not what I was looking for, so I returned it.
Reviewed by Beth from Portland on Saturday, March 5, 2016I sized up from S to M for my daughter who has long arms so I wouldn't say that it runs large. The material is very light, so it's a good jacket to tuck into a nook just in case you need it. The shape is more flattering than many rain jackets.
Verified Buyer Reviewed by Carolinagirl from Chapel Hill, NC on Thursday, March 3, 2016This is a nice jacket but just not exactly what I was looking for. It is very thin which apparently works for other folks but I was dubious as to whether it would keep me warm AND dry. The red color was nice and the cut was kind of perfect. It was curvy, cut for a woman - not a striaght man's cut which raincoats so often are. I am a pretty big lady (5-6, #165) and the medium was a little small. It would have fit great if all I wanted to wear under it was a tank top. I recommend this jacket if you want a thin, windbreaker for the summer. I returned and ordered a more substantial Outdoor Research raincoat.
Reviewed by Amber from Colorado on Saturday, January 23, 2016I was really surprised when I tried this on and discovered it runs large, given the "trim fit" in the title and the reviews elsewhere I'd read (though those were all about the men's version). I usually wear a M and this fits more like a L. I compared the width to two other jackets, EMS and TNF, and it's larger than their M. This is not a bad thing though, since it gives you more room for layers underneath making it more versatile.
This is a nice water-resistant very lightweight shell. Most of the material is super thin and a bit stretchy (never seen anything like it before) with a water-resistant coating. It's not going to stand up well to a thru-hike or living in the Pacific Northwest. The shoulders and hood are thicker and more waterproof than the body & arms. I sweat like crazy so I'm always worried about a lack of pit zips and breatheability. The "hybrid" construction of this jacket makes it very breathable.
So far I've only used it on two hikes: one in a cold drizzle and one in sleet. Despite the sleet being heavy it didn't soak through either type of fabric. I wasn't 100% dry after 6+ hours on either of those hikes, but I was quite dry, not sweaty and clammy, and definitely warm.
I've never had a top of the line hard shell, but this jacket performs similarly to my mid-price waterproof rain jacket (which has pit zips but is not too breathable). I'd trust my waterproof rain jacket more in the rain forest, in a super wet climate, or for a backpacking trip with all-day-long rain forecasts. I'd choose this one for an area with a day or two of rain or scattered showers, to bring up a mountain for wind protection, or for general use in an overall warmer & muggier climate (Florida).
Overall at STP prices this is a wonderful piece to get and carry everywhere!