|Exploring the Helium II's internal pocket. (PC: Dan Herscovitch)|
In this piece, we'll take a look at the Women's Helium II Jacket, an evolved version of the original Helium. It was a top pick award dinner for Outdoor Gear Lab, was named among the best waterproof trail running jackets in Runners World, and was touted as a must-have layer by Canoe and Kayak Magazine. Needless to say, it had a lot to live up to!
I tested the Helium II to see how it performed as a layer when worn for some of my favorite outdoor pursuits - hiking, backpacking, and trail running. The verdict? It's ideal to keep handy on trail runs and hikes in case of a random rain storm in warm weather, but I'd love to see a few modifications.