Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket - Men's

Lightweight and Adaptive.

It's a known fact that Mother Nature really doesn't care whether or not you have big plans to summit a long-time objective. And while you can beg and plead with her all you want, she won't listen. Thankfully, you packed along the Outdoor Research Men's Helium Hybrid Hooded Jacket.

You may be wondering what exactly makes the Helium Hybrid any different than the Helium Jacket. Well, the answer lay in the pits—the armpits, that is. The designers at Outdoor Research combined the quick-drying and weather-resistant construction of the Helium with the stretchy design of the Ferrosi to create a jacket that's windproof, water-resistant, and fitted with passive ventilation for unimpeded mobility. And thanks to its lightweight design, the Helium Hybrid easily packs down into the left hand pocket, so you can chuck it in your bag when the sun comes out to play. After all, Mother Nature is mostly forgiving.

  • Get protection on-the-fly with this lightweight jacket
  • Pertex Shield+ fabric is weather-resistant and lightweight
  • Stretch underarm panels promote breathability and mobility
  • Hand pocket doubles as stuff sack for jacket
  • Adjustable hood with wire brim
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

I am interested what is the packing size for delivery and estimate weight?

I am sorry I cannot answer this for you Richard. But the jacket itself will likely be lighter than the box!



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Range of Motion and Breathability!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: medium

This is exactly what you want tucked in your backpack for those afternoon alpine thunderheads. Super light, compactible, and breathable. The stretch panel is a great addition, and makes it much more enjoyable for running and cycling.

All hail the hybrid!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: M

Fantastic shell. I've always loved the helium, but as I burn hot I'm always melting in my shell. The addition of the soft shell sides blow off heat and I still stay dry. It's nice having a shell like this that folds up to the size of a sandwhich. I use it for hiking, belaying, alpine climbing, and bumming around town. Oh, and the black one looks sweet.

An new an improved Helium!

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: large

I own the original Helium which is great in and of itself. However This hybrid updates really shine where the original lacked luster. I really like the stretchy side panels for rock climbing, and using my hands over my head. The articulation is fantastic. Additionally I enjoy the upgraded zippers on this piece. I feel like that addition will really make this piece last longer than my original.

Would recommend!

Best of both worlds

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times
  • Fit: True to size
  • Size Bought: XL

I own an OR Helium II waterproof jacket, and I own an OR Ferrosi Hoody. I often layer the two together. In Colorado we get a lot of passing showers in the summer, and for a few minutes of rain the Ferrosi is fine, and if it lasts longer or the winds are really strong I'll add the Helium on top. I don't like hiking in shells because I sweat and don't need added protection most of the time.

The new Helium Hybrid combines those to fabrics for a better range of use. The majority of the jacket is just like my Helium shell (Pertex Sheild+ is a laminate that is 100% waterproof and seam taped) but the underarms are Ferrosi (a highly wind resistant, water resistant, but more breathable softshell fabric). Having more breathability under the arms and around the core of my body helps the jacket breath better than just my shell, but the added water resistance means that I'm not going back and forth on layers as the weather changes through out the day.

They can't call the jacket water proof because of the Ferrosi fabric, and sure, if you're out in a PNW day of rain you'll get wet, but for short day hikes on questionable days, or here in the Rockies where the weather changes on a dime, it's a great way to not have to fuss with layers all day. Throw it on above treeline and leave it until you're back at the car.

Tyler - thank you for the very thoughtful review. Spot on!

Enjoy -

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