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Outdoor Research Helium II Review


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Phil Tomlinson · · Calgary, Alberta · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 0

Having gotten snowed on during climbs a lot this spring, I decided to look at the Outdoor Research Helium II as a super light storm shell that I can toss in the bottom of my pack 'just in case'. 

Basically, it's a great jacket (love the hood), but the body is annoyingly short which makes it staying put under a harness a problem. 

Climb Germany · · Unknown Hometown · Joined Mar 2015 · Points: 2,525

I find it best as a backup summer rain jacket. Always keep it in my daily bag for work/around town because Germany isn't exactly the dryest place. For climbing, the same goes. For winter or heavier rain I like the Arc'teryx ALpha FL. A bit heavier yet, but still light and its cut long with little foam inserts on the bottom sides to prevent it from riding up above your harness.

Phil Tomlinson · · Calgary, Alberta · Joined Dec 2016 · Points: 0

Yep, in the winter I use the Procline Comp - softshell back for breathability, hardshell front for soaking wet ice and falling snow. 

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