Outdoor Research Helium

The Helium definitely lives up to its name, nudging the scales at just over the 200g mark, but it sacrifices comfort and performance to get there and is therefore best-suited for emergency use only, or for real minimalists. The hood does a reasonable job and a drawcord at the hem means it can be opened up to provide a bit of ventilation if the going gets hot. But it has limited pockets – a single Napoleon on the chest – and the cuffs are elastic so don’t adjust.

VITAL STATS
Sizes: S-XL
Hood: Fixed
Weight: 205g
Women’s version: Yes
Contact: 0191 296 0212; www.outdoorresearch.co.uk