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Men's Helix Waterproof Jacket

£275.00
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With a waterproof level that surpasses most other waterproofs and a breathability level that rivals some of the best softshells, the Helix Jacket is our most packable, softest, quietest and lightest weight hardshell.

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Colour: Carbon
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The Full Story+

Made using innovative 3-layer Barricade™ Knit waterproof technology, we’ve been able to create an impressively lightweight, packable and quiet hardshell with an ultra-soft and stretchy finish.

The knitted construction of the Helix Jacket gives it a beautiful drape and super soft, quiet finish. Its softness will leave you doubting its impressive waterproof protection. However, this comfortable, soft and stretchy jacket offers a truly unrivalled level of waterproof protection and exceptional breathability.

Our Barricade™ technology has an impressive minimum level of waterproof protection, with a Hydrostatic Head – which is the level of water a hardshell can withstand before it permeates the fabric – of 20,000mm. Our Helix Jacket comfortably exceeds this, making this an impressively protective waterproof shell. To put into perspective, the smallest Hydrostatic Head required for a shell to be labelled a waterproof is 1,500mm.

Usually a higher Hydrostatic Head comes with the sacrifice of breathability – the better the waterproof protection the less likely it is to breathe and you’ll feel like you’re wearing a plastic bag. However our Barricade™ technology offers a Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate – that is the measure of breathability and accounts for the amount of moisture vapour that can pass through the jacket over time – of 20,000g per metre squared every 24 hours. This gives us our balanced 20:20 Barricade™ standard across the board, which means it is just as breathable as it is waterproof. The Helix Jacket surpasses this again with a superior breathability rate, so breathable that it rivals some of the best softshells on the market.

What this means is that we’ve created a hardshell that feels like a softshell. Pretty ideal if you’re limited on space yet need to prepare for changeable conditions.

Conveniently, it also has a Packpocket™ built into its interior pocket so you can fold it away into itself and take it with you anywhere. It also has two exterior hand pockets that are big enough to fit OS maps, and one has a hidden pocket for smaller valuables.

There’s a dropped rear hem for better coverage and protection from the elements, as well as a fixed hood with bonded peak that rolls away when not needed, lightweight YKK Aquaguard® zips throughout and a fully adjustable hem and adjustable cuffs with a hook and loop closure.

If a light weight and small pack size are your biggest consideration – you’ll be hard-pressed to find a waterproof jacket as versatile, light, packable, soft and breathable as the Helix Jacket.

Fabric: 100% polyester with 3-layer Barricade™ Knit technology and Durable Water Repellency™

 
Lightweight - Weight: 367g
Lightweight - Weight: 367g

We were the original lightweight revolutionaries. Back in the 1970’s we realised that cutting weight without losing performance meant that you can take less and do more. Everything we make is engineered to achieve this.

Packable - Pack Size: 1075ml
Packable - Pack Size: 1075ml

Low pack size is a benefit whether you’re packing for a day’s walking or for the trip of a lifetime. We continually scrutinise fabric specification and garment construction to minimise the packed size of our clothing. The actual pack size is tested and listed.

Fast Drying - Drying Time: 6 hours
Fast Drying - Drying Time: 6 hours

All Rohan clothing is designed to be very fast drying – as much a benefit for unexpected downpours as anything else. It’s easy to wash and often needs no ironing. Almost all garments will dry overnight, meaning you can take less with you. We test every item and list its drying time.

3-LAYER BARRICADE™ Waterproof

with Durable Water Repellency™

Barricade™ is a waterproof, windproof and breathable technology that has been tested and measured to achieve a minimum initial Hydrostatic Head measure of 20,000mm and an initial Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate measure of 20,000 g/m2/24 hrs. With our 3-layer construction method, the water repellent face fabric and the waterproof-breathable membrane are bonded together with a lightweight, wicking scrim.

DURABLE WATER REPELLENCY™

Our DWR ™ finish is an advanced treatment which dramatically increases the water repellency of our fabrics. On its own, it offers a useful level of shower resistance; used in conjunction with our Barricade™ technology, it reduces the tendency of the face fabric to wet out and maximizes breathability.

Packpocket™

Clever design is more often than not about what to take off rather than what to put on. It’s about giving one feature multiple functions. That’s why many of our garments feature a Packpocket™. This handy addition converts pockets into space-saving storage by compressing the garment into itself. You could use it as a travel pillow when it’s all packed down too.

Features at a Glance+
  • Fabric: 100% polyester with 3-layer Barricade™ Knit technology and Durable Water Repellency™.
  • Surpasses our already exceptional 20:20 Barricade™ benchmark – you’ll find this level of waterproofness and breathability hard to beat.
  • Durable Water Repellency™ finish.
  • Beautiful drape and ultra-soft, quiet finish.
  • Very lightweight and packable with a built in Packpocket™.
  • Stretchy finish provides excellent freedom of movement.
  • Fixed hood with bonded peak that rolls away when not needed.
  • YKK Aquaguard® zips.
  • One internal zipped pocket and two external hand pockets.
  • Pockets big enough to fit OS maps.
  • Dropped rear hem for extra coverage.
  • Fully adjustable hem and cuffs.
Technologies+

3-LAYER BARRICADE™ Waterproof

with Durable Water Repellency™

Barricade™ is a waterproof, windproof and breathable technology that has been tested and measured to achieve a minimum initial Hydrostatic Head measure of 20,000mm and an initial Moisture Vapour Transmission Rate measure of 20,000 g/m2/24 hrs. With our 3-layer construction method, the water repellent face fabric and the waterproof-breathable membrane are bonded together with a lightweight, wicking scrim.

DURABLE WATER REPELLENCY™

Our DWR ™ finish is an advanced treatment which dramatically increases the water repellency of our fabrics. On its own, it offers a useful level of shower resistance; used in conjunction with our Barricade™ technology, it reduces the tendency of the face fabric to wet out and maximizes breathability.

Packpocket™

Clever design is more often than not about what to take off rather than what to put on. It’s about giving one feature multiple functions. That’s why many of our garments feature a Packpocket™. This handy addition converts pockets into space-saving storage by compressing the garment into itself. You could use it as a travel pillow when it’s all packed down too.

Size Guide+
Smart, crease-resistant, quick-drying travel shirt.
Jacket Length Front 28"/71.5cm
Jacket length back 30"/76cm
Measurement based on Men's Medium

Mens Helix Jacket

SMLXLXXL
Chest
Inches36-3839-4142-4445-4748-50
CM91-9699-104107-112115-120122-127
Mens Size Guide
Reviews+

What People are Saying

★★★★★
★★★★★
This product has a Rating of 5 / 5
Lawrence
Age: 36-40
Purpose: Walking and hiking
Length you've had item: 2 months

Helix Jacket

★★★★★

I’ve had my Helix jacket for a few months now, so I feel it’s worthy of review now. I chose the Blaze Orange colour, which you can probably see from space, but I like it. If you want to blend into the background a bit more, then go for the Carbon.

It does everything Rohan describes and does it extremely well. I generally use my jacket for strolling to and from work, which is only 30 mins each way but enough to get drenched if you’re in the wrong gear. I also use it for walking in the Lake District, so I need a reliable and versatile jacket. This is it.

I’ve been wearing my Helix jacket during storm Ciara and it’s lived up to my high expectations. Water just beads up and drops off. If you throw strong winds into the equation, which the jacket keeps out without any issue, the water just disappears off the jacket. You’ll arrive at your destination bone dry inside and people will wonder how you “avoided” the rain as you take off your jacket with an almost equally bone dry exterior.

The jacket itself is very light and a thin material. Don’t let the latter fool you; it’s top quality. At this point I should mention the blindingly obvious; it has no thermal properties, so you should be looking at using layers to build up any insulating properties you want. I had my thermal top, a light walking top and a fleece under it in chilly conditions. I was toasty warm and all the layers fit comfortably inside.

It feels extremely soft and there’s no annoying swooshing of material as you stride along. It has a good stretch to it, so any scrambling up hills gives you the flexibility required.

The hood does the job of keeping the rain off your face. Not totally, but I’m yet to find one that defies nature completely. The peak keeps its shape, but doesn’t annoy you when the hood is down; owing to the soft nature of the fabric.

The pockets are large and can easily hold an OS map. If you typically thrust your mitts into your pockets, you may miss that ability as the pockets are too high for that purpose. You’ll need to have some gloves to hand instead.

As with most Rohan items, it will pack into itself. It won’t take up much space in your backpack or luggage.

All in all, the jacket is beyond reproach. It’s a triumph of material engineering.

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