Black Diamond Equipment
Helio Alpine Shell - Spring 18
A ski mountaineer and ultralight alpinist’s dream jacket, the Helio Shell is our lightest GORE-TEX jacket and the king of packability. With an all-new GORE-TEX C-Knit backer, the crispy feel of most hardshells is replaced with a soft-to-touch construction that increases comfort on missions where luxury is a premium. READ MORE
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A ski mountaineer and ultralight alpinist’s dream jacket, the Helio Shell is our lightest GORE-TEX jacket and the king of packability. With an all-new GORE-TEX C-Knit backer, the crispy feel of most hardshells is replaced with a soft-to-touch construction that increases comfort on missions where luxury is a premium. Learn More
DescriptionWhen the weather rolls in high on the mountain, the Black Diamond Helio Shell provides the ultimate protection, and when you’re cruising up beneath bluebird skies, it can ride in your pack with hardly any added weight. The lightest of our three-layer shells, the Helio Shell is the perfect combination of a feature set and construction that are specifically engineered for the needs of the serious ski mountaineer and ultralight alpinist. Designed with a soft GORE-TEX C-Knit backer, the crispness of a traditional hardshell is replaced with a quieter overall construction. Fully harness compatible with full-length pit zips and single-adjust Coheasive hem and hood, the Helio Shell can meet any need.
- Soft hand GORE-TEX® C-Knit® backer
- Integrated Cohaesive™ cord management system
- Harness compatible
- Full-length pit zips
- Underarm gussets for added range of motion
- Custom-molded cuff tabs
- Two extra larga, cross-access chest pockets
- Weight: 370 g
- Fit: Regular
- Size: S-XL
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Helio Alpine Shell - Spring 18 is rated out of 5 by 13.
Rated 5 out of 5 by WVMountaineer from Quality is superior to all! I have several hardshell jackets, but I believe the BD Sharp End is the best of the bunch. Everything you could want from a shell is provided in one high-quality jacket: very low pack weight, supreme weather protection, fantastic mobility for climbing or skiing, and durability for hard use. I am 6'0", 190 with an athletic, but muscular build. For BD layers, I am a solid XL. I ordered this in Large since the cut is more generous as a shell. My recommendation is to size down if you are using modern layering insulation underneath (not the big, puffy down). It is cut with plenty of room for layers.
Date published: 2018-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by Jeff from Great for Everything! I've now had 2 of these jackets (I lost the first one!) and I love it. it is super lightweight but durable and is good for almost any activity. I use it primarily for ski touring, but is is also a great jacket for hiking or general rain jacket use.
Date published: 2018-09-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by WVMountaineer from Excellent material! Breathable and flexible. I have had this jacked long enough to do two 14K summit runs. It's still full on winter in Colorado at that altitude. I did a peak called Grays a few weeks ago and the storm I was in dumped 20" of snow above 10K. This jacket is 100% waterproof and does not wet-out like other jackets, even better than other gore-tex ones. The treatment is amazing. Breaths like a soft shell, and is flexible. I still can't believe it's a tri-layer. It was also very warm for the weight, so I would consider something different for really warm weather. I am 6'0", 200 lbs, 44" chest and need an XL for layering. Without layers, the large fit excellent.
Date published: 2018-04-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by Kazz from Very light weight Just purchased this jacket last month to replace my old Loki Jacket for the back country skiing The Jacket does not have much weight , makes it nice for a pack jacket. Look to Loveland Ski Area and Brave the subzero wind day while up there . Jacket worked great . This is a go to for back country trips .
Date published: 2018-03-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by Tom18 from Great light weight jacket I needed a lightweight waterproof jacket and found the Helio to exceed my expectations. It's lightweight and stores easily. The pocket are ample and the access to venting zippers is easy. I normally would fit a large but according to other reviews and the website video the medium is perfect, I'm 6' and 170lb.
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by PhilG from Awesome shell!! I bought this shell mainly for splitboarding and hiking. It totaly suites my needs. It is a very light weight and well construct shell that offers pretty good ventilation. The only thing missing in my mind is side pockets.. Overall its a great product!
Date published: 2018-02-23
Rated 1 out of 5 by rosa54 from weak jacket I have been skiing with this jacket for lees than one year, and there are three holes in the jacket. I have never ripped a jacket in my life until i used this one. I have two minor holes that I don't know the cause of. I also have a substantial rip in the arm. This jacket is extremely fragile and I'm very disappointed in this investment
Date published: 2018-02-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by Justin from Light, Simple, Strong I've been very impressed with the Helio Shell. It is extremely light for being three-layers and C-Knit is significantly quieter and softer to the touch than pro. It has performed extremely well as a ski shell, and as a four season rain-shell. BD never disappoints!
Date published: 2017-10-31