Outdoor Research may not quite have the same name recognition as Patagonia or The North Face, but hardcore outdoorsy types, especially those from the great Pacific Northwest, know them well. Designed and manufactured in Seattle, Washington, OR's rain protection is some of the best in the biz. And right now, my favorite Outdoor Research packable rain jacket is on sale for 50% off as part of Black Friday savings.
Available in a snazzy array of colors — “Cranberry” being my jam — the Outdoor Research Men’s Helium Rain Jacket is just $85 through Outdoor Research directly, with plenty of sizes available.
Outdoor Research Men’s Helium Rain Jacket: was $170 now $85 @ Outdoor Research
Living in Seattle, I know a thing or two about the rain. Here, we don’t get downpours so much — instead, we deal with light-to-heavy drizzles for eight months of the year. For this type of weather, the Helium Rain Jacket is a godsend. It’s extremely lightweight, breathable and packable enough to fit in a hip pack or small bag. Yet it offers solid protection from moderate rain and wind.
Like all jackets intended to take on the wet, I highly recommend treating this one with a wash-in waterproofing detergent like Nikwax, which also happens to be a Seattle company (we’re serious about rain, okay?). Doing so will ensure years of utility from this high-tech piece of outerwear.
Want more great deals on fancypants Gorpcore at Black Friday prices? We've got you covered. My favorite Patagonia synthetic puffer is heavily discounted right now, as are all these fashionable yet functional Carhartt jackets, hats and sweatshirts. While we’re at it, there are plenty of sweet deals to be had on North Face zip-ups and pullovers, as well as on some sweet Arc’teryx outerwear.
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Dan Bracaglia covers fitness and consumer technology with an emphasis on wearables for Tom's Guide. Based in the US Pacific Northwest, Dan is an avid outdoor adventurer who dabbles in everything from kayaking to snowboarding, but he most enjoys exploring the cities and mountains with his small pup, Belvedere. Dan is currently training to climb some of Washington State's tallest peaks. He's also a big photography nerd.