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Outdoor Research Men's Helium Pants - Lightweight Waterproof Rain Gear
Outdoor Research Men's Helium Pants - Lightweight Waterproof Rain Gear
  • 100% Nylon
  • Imported
  • Drawstring closure
  • ULTRALIGHT STORM PANTS: Weighing a mere 5.5 ounces, these hiking pants offer supreme protection. Whether you are cycling, running, camping, thru-hiking, or just in need of incredible weather protection, choose Outdoor Research Helium Pants.
  • WATERPROOF AND WINDPROOF SHELL: If staying dry and comfortable is your top priority, the Helium Pants have you covered.  Fully seam-taped and built with YKK AquaGuard Ankle Zipper, these provide maximum storm protection while staying breathable.
  • DESIGN FEATURES: Built with you in mind,  these have reflective logos, a carabiner loop, an elastic waist with drawcord, gusseted crotch, internal loops for instep lace, ankle zippers, and a back pocket that doubles as a packable travel stuff sack.
  • PERTEX SHIELD PROTECTION: Made from Pertex Shield 2.5 L, 100% Nylon and a 30D ripstop body,  Pertex Shield balances waterproofness, breathability and wind resistance all within a flexible and lightweight construction.
  • OUTDOOR RESEARCH: We built a company from a feeling: the urge to get out. It's what drives us. Our tribe is devoted to exploring our outdoor passions and challenging ourselves in the mountains, water, and deserts of the planet we love so much.

Men's helium pants. Breathable; Waterproof. Ankle Zippers; Fully Seam Taped. Accepts Accessory Suspenders.

  • Product Dimensions: 35 x 1.95 x 24 inches
  • Item model number: 242967
  • Date First Available: January 4, 2014
  • ASIN: B00EA028PG
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #70,562 in Sports & Outdoors (See Top 100 in Sports & Outdoors)
    • #139 in Men's Outdoor Recreation Pants
    • #576 in Men's Pants
    • #116 in Men's Hiking Pants

    I have been backpacking for fifty years. For raingear, I want it to be tough, lightweight, and very loose fitting. I don't want pants to bind in the knee when it is wet and I am walking on uneven trail. And I don't want the pant cuff to ride up above my boots when I step up on steep trails. So they need them to be baggy and much longer than I would need in my regular pants. I have a 34" waist and 32" inseam. The sizing chart on the Outdoor Research website for pants suggests that I should be between a M and a Lg based on my measurements. That is true for pants, but for the reasons explained above I know I'll need a MUCH more relaxed fit and longer pant legs. So I tried both the XL and the XXL in these Helium pants. I definitely much preferred the XXL. I have now had a chance to test them on single track forest trails in the rain, and I made the right choice. They are baggy so when it is raining they never cling, and when I step way up on a rock or trail, the pant cuff stays below the level of my boots so water stays out of my boots. I am definitely not going to win and fashion contests because they look really really baggy. But I love these rain pants because of the functionality, toughness, and light weight.

    I love my Outdoor Research Helium II ultralight jacket made from the same material, but these pants were ridiculously small with a poor fit. At 6'2" and 175# I typically wear a 32" or 34" waist off the rack with a 34" inseam. The size Large pants I purchased would barely slip on over a pair of lightweight shorts, much less over some full-fledged hiking pants. The problem with these pants -- at least in an appropriate size -- seems to be the cut. If your legs extend straight out from your torso like a couple of Schedule 40 PVC pipes, then you might be OK with selecting your regular size, but there is no room at all through the seat and thighs for a person with an average or athletic HWP build, and the crotch hangs low, severely limiting stride, range of motion, and access to pockets in garments under the rain pants. It is possible that an XL rain pant might give me the freedom I would need to make these practical rain gear, but for over $100, I would want the overall fit to be properly dialed in like the jacket, not just something with which I "make do". Outdoor Research in an innovative company with a well-deserved reputation, but the fit of these pants make them a waste of such high-tech materials.

    I can't believe how breathable these pants are. Going through the 100 mile wilderness it poured all day but I kept going in my normal cloths. At the end of the day the sum came out while I set camp. I hung everything out to dry. It poured that night. The next morning the only dry thing I had was these pants so I wore them in 80 degree humid sun. They were incredibly comfortable and so cool I couldn't believe it and I vowed to leave this review when I came out of the woods so here it is.

    Picked up a pair for when the weather turns. Own a Helium II jacket, so this was a logical choice. I am 5'11", 175 lbs., 32 waist, 33 length. Went with size L. Elastic at the waist and partial zippers by the ankles give me a little flexibility depending on the footwear. Just long enough. Grippy material on the inside of the waist and at the ankles help keep them from shifting around too much. Have proved great for everything from backpacking and camping trips to lunch hour walks in the rain and shoveling snow. If I'm outside in the rain or snow for any length of time, I'm wearing these. Lightweight, extremely packable, and waterproof.

    Finally some gear that has sizes that make sense. I'm 6'3" and 195 with. 33" waist so large should be the size of clothing that fits me, yet some companies have large sizes that are actually too big? I mean I'm no Andre the Giant but how big do they think hikers get? Thankfully these pants fit great. They pack down into a granola size shape as advertised and they are just a hair over 5 oz. on my kitchen scale. If you are thinking of shaving some weight off your gear but do not want to skimp on quality then grab these pants asap. Superlight, waterproof, and they fit well... Really what more could you ask for?

    I didn't believe the reviews saying they run small. I was betrayed by my arrogance, they are way too tight. I have another model of OR rain pants in size large that are a touch baggy so I thought a medium would fit me nicely. They don't. I'm a 34 waist, these are tight around my thighs and waist.

    That aside, they do move fairly well with my body. They were sightly restrictive but still allow nearly a full range of motion. The fabric is soft for rain proof material, it is thin but the jacket with the same material has held up well for me.

    There is no way these are going on over full size boots.

    I would exchange them but Amazon has accepted that weakness in their business model. So return it is.

    The Outdoor Research Helium Pants is my go to for summer
    rain gear. It is for the minimalist weighing 5.1oz for medium,
    nylon-ripstop with Pertex rain shell that is so lightweight.
    It serves me double duty as a wind and/or waterproof pants.
    It has a waist draw cord to cinch. It is perfect for wearing
    in warmer weather when you need to carry a waterproof pants
    and when I want to keep my gear as lightweight and compact
    as possible. The pants have ankle zips.

    It folds into back pocket measuring 5"x6" for a small storage
    which I love. . It is appealing to me for backpacking and hiking
    as a lightweight gear solution, but is pricey. It is made with
    30D nylon ripstop (2.5 layer Pertex Shield+).

    OR's Helium pants are waterproof and has fully taped seams
    This is a great warm weather rain pants shell and for an ounce
    counter like me its lightweight for the value. It is so small
    and light, it always stays in my pack. I also purchased the
    brown Helium II Rain Jacket weighing 5.6oz. Love them both
    and feel good on my skin.

    Ich habe mir wohlweislich die Größe XL bestellt (statt L), und das war auch gut so. Immerhin zieht man eine Regenhose ja über eine normale Hose drüber. Die XL passt dann prima (Hosengröße 34-36) ohne die Bewegung einzuschränken.
    Bestellt euch also im Zweifel eine Nummer größer, dann passt sie auf jeden Fall luftig.

    Ich konnte sie auch ein einem Gewitterschauer mal testen, bei einem Spaziergang über 3,5km/45min blieb ich untenrum absolut trocken. Dennoch hat man hinterher schon gesehen, dass das Material angefangen hat durchzunässen. Aber für so einen dünnen Stoff (die Hose in XL wiegt nur 177g) ist das super.

    Einen Stern ziehe ich für die zu kurzen Hosenbein-Reissverschlüsse ab: über Wanderstiefel kann man die Hose kaum bis gar nicht an- und ausziehen, dafür müssten diese etwas länger sein.

    Typically I use a M in most products from this manufacturer but found this fit incredibly tight through my waist and thighs. Not sure the original sizing chart is accurate as typically I am a 32 waist and had to squeeze into these. Need to return to get a new size I can actually use

    Super light weight and top quality

    Bought in April. Got their first use this week.

    Ripped 3x within a day. Crotch, L knee and R shin.

    The crotch and L knee should never have gone. No impact of note.

    The r shin was a big rip from a knick against a rock. Should never have gone.

    My old waterproof trousers lasted 7 years. No rips. Just had to re waterproof occasionally.