Review of the Women’s Helium Traveler Jacket by Outdoor Research

From the very first time that I started going out on more adventurous tours along Guatemala I learned that no matter the season or the region you should always carry some waterproof gear. You just never know what is going to happen out there.

I learned this lesson the hard way. I ended up being involved in some pretty disastrous situations before I finally decided to look for a waterproof soft shell to take with me everywhere.

Helium Traveler Jacket

I used to wear a huge, green jacket. The comfiest and warmest jacket I ever owned but it was only water resistant and would get ridiculously heavy when wet. It also took days for it to get dry.

Searching for a good option I fund the Women’s Helium Traveler Jacket by Outdoor Research.

What it offers:

  • Waterproof Fabric
  • Breathable
  • Fully Seam-Taped
  • Laminated Construction
  • Windproof
  • Lightweight
  • Fully Adjustable Hood
  • YKK® AquaGuard® Zippers
  • Internal Front Stormflap
  • Zip Hand Pockets
  • Left-hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Carabiner Loop
  • Key Clip
  • Tab and Snap Cuff Adjustment

I loved it from the moment I opened the packaging it came in. It looks so stylish and has a great cut that makes my waist look great. Over all I loved its look and how comfortable it is.

traveler helium jacket 2

I also noticed how light it was and the quality of the fabric. However I got it during the dry season. I kept putting it on my backpack every time I went on a new adventure but I had no luck! It didn’t rain.

Finally I took it for a one day trip to do some Rappel in Concepcion Waterfall. I figured that even if we didn’t have rain I would still be able to try its water resistance under the waterfall. And that’s exactly what ended up happening.

We enjoyed a warm sunny day. So I stood under the waterfall for a few minutes. It was such a fun way to test this jacket! An I’m happy to report that it worked.

The only negative thing that I found about it is the length. As amazing it is, I found it a bit restricting when hiking up a hill.


This will definitely be my go to jacked whenever I’m walking around town. I don’t think I’ll ever want to use an umbrella again. However for outdoor adventures where you need more mobility I would go for their Helium II. It has the same amazing fabric but it is shorter.

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About Marina Kuperman Villatoro

Marina Kuperman Villatoro CEO of, a travel resource site to inspire families to travel with kids of all ages. Marina has been an expat 10+ years in Central America raising 2 boys in a multicultural, trilingual household. She travels all over the world with her family to give first hand experiences of where to eat, stay and play with kids. Needless to say, it’s never boring! Join Marina on Facebook and Twitter for more unique and boutique family travel!

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