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ZPacks WPB Cuben Fiber Jacket vs. OR Helium II vs. ?
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David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
ZPacks WPB Cuben Fiber Jacket vs. OR Helium II vs. ? on 04/10/2014 18:57:59 MDT Print View

My search for the holy grail of UL rain jackets for 3-season backcountry travel has led me to these. So which to choose? From what I understand, the OR Helium II is about 6.3 oz for a medium whereas the ZPacks jacket is 4.5 oz. However, the Zpacks jacket is about twice the cost and half(?) the breathability. From what I gather, the breathability of the Zpacks is only about 8000 g / m3 whereas the OR Helium II is around 24000 g / m3? [Not sure if the numbers/units are correct, but this is what I recall reading online].

Thoughts? If the OR Helium II is truly as breathable as the numbers suggest, do you think I could ditch my windshirt (currently a Mountain Hardwear Ghost Whisperer, around 1.8 oz)

Jon Leibowitz
(jleeb) - F - MLife

Locale: 4Corners
Waterproofness on 04/10/2014 18:59:53 MDT Print View

It is my understanding that the Zpacks is far more waterproof. That being said, I own the Helium 2 and looked at both.

Michael K
(chinookhead) - F - M
OR doesn't feel very breathable to me. on 04/10/2014 19:02:12 MDT Print View

I own an OR Helium II because I lost my e-vent jacket in the middle of a trip. Based on my experience with it, I would not ditch the windshirt. It is not too fun to hike hard in and I definitely get moist from sweat when I hike hard. Whereas, with e-vent and neo-shell I could see ditching the windshirt.

David Poston
(dgposton) - F

Locale: Texas / Colorado
Breathability on 04/10/2014 19:21:55 MDT Print View

Do you happen to have the breathability specs for the OR Helium II offhand? There was a chart somewhere that compares all these jackets but I can't seem to find it online.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: OR doesn't feel very breathable to me. on 04/10/2014 19:24:06 MDT Print View

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Edited by rmjapan on 06/21/2015 12:39:53 MDT.

Andy Jarman
(AndyJarman)

Locale: Edge of the World
Zpacks Cuben on 04/10/2014 20:51:39 MDT Print View

Have you seen what John Abela had to say about the Zpacks jacket? I think he was the first to publicise the static head figures for the newer fabric that they are now using.

http://hikelighter.com/2013/11/07/zpacks-rain-jacket/

I have a Houdini shirt and the new Zpacks jacket. I bought the Zpacks a couple of years ago, haven't used it yet, stopped raining here about the time I bought the jacket. The Zpacks jacket is a bit snug, can't get a decent thick quilt under it for sitting about the camp in, but that's the worst I can say about it.

Rick M
(rmjapan) - F

Locale: London, UK
Re: Zpacks Cuben on 04/10/2014 21:19:51 MDT Print View

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Edited by rmjapan on 06/21/2015 12:39:18 MDT.