Category Archive: Waterproof Shell

Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid Jacket Review

The Outdoor Research Helium Hybrid jacket is one of two new jackets in Outdoor Research’s Helium line.  The Helium Hybrid is designed to act as a wind jacket with very light weather protection.  The lower portions are made from a wind blocking material that is nice and stretchy to allow easy movement.  Its also breathable so […]

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Outdoor Research Mentor Jacket Review

I recently picked up the Outdoor Research Mentor jacket (last years model) on clearance and I’ve been super pleased with it.  The new version, produced for 2013, that is made from the super cool new Gore-Tex Pro but the old Gore-Tex Pro seems to work well to me.  Outside of that difference the jacket is essentially […]

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What emergency equipment do you bring into the backcountry?

Lately I’ve been taking a look at the emergency gear I bring with me during backcountry skiing day tours – something I try to do at the beginning of every season.  Its important to continually evaluate what you bring along.  As your survival skills, equipment, and mountaineering abilities evolve the gear you require to stay safe in […]

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Outdoor Research Helium II Jacket Review

The Helium II jacket by Outdoor Research is one of the most vestal jackets I’ve ever used and possibly the most used jacket in my closet.  It is a waterproof shell that weighs just 5.8 oz. (what I have weighed my size medium at). This fact is what makes it so vestal.  When I go […]

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