Eastern Mountain Sports Helix Anorak

Priced: $124.50 Rated:   - 5 stars out of 5 by 6 reviews.
Eastern Mountain Sports Helix Anorak
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Eastern Mountain Sports Helix Anorak - Designed for year-round alpine use, the waterproof Helix is made with Polartec NeoShell fabric that offers off-the-chart breathability.

Fiber Content: 100% nylon.
Country of Origin: Imported


  • Semi-fitted styling


  • NeoShell fabric is waterproof and exceptionally breathable
  • Left underarm vent zips fully down to the hem for easy on/off


  • Underarm zip vents allow you to regulate temperature


  • Adjustable hood accommodates a helmet


  • 2-way zipper on pit zip
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Back Length:30 in.
Construction:3 layer
Hood Type:Yes, fixed
Packability:Highly compact
Removable Liner:No
Snow Skirt:No
Ventilation:Underarm zippers
Waterproof Material:Polartec NeoShell
Weight:12.8 oz.

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Eastern Mountain Sports Helix Anorak Reviews:


Helix Anorak

I bought this hardshell for mountaineering/alpiine climbing and so far it has been a god send. It is ultralite which is very nice all the time, but especially for the days when it is in the pack and doesn't need to be used. The hood is extremely adjustble and fits over a climbing helmet nicely if it need to but doesn't feel bulky without one. The collar is very well thought out with fleece lining and is a bit oversized which is nice when layering because it doesnt choke you when fully zipped. The Front center pocket is GREAT! it fits a pair of gloves and/or goggles perfectly and its easily accesible with a pack on. The pullover style is very easy to put on with the full side zipper and the pit zips are great for regulating body temp. I can't say enough good about this hardshell. I wore it all day in the white mountians of NH while it was pouring rain and high 30's air temp, I stayed warm and dry all day. That same trip this jacket took the abuse of 105MPH winds on the summit of Mt Washington, Again warm and dry all day and did not feel any wind.

I matched this jacket with the Helix bibs and could not be happier with my purchase. I highly recommend both of these products, Polartec nanoshell is amazing.
Animal at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

EMS Helix Anorak review

First time using my EMS Helix Anorak on the slopes today at Waterville Valley NH in single digit temps. Skiing in the cold has always been a problem for me because I layer up, during exertion my body temp comes up and I sweat. After a few runs go inside to take a break and some of my layers are damp. Problem is when you go back out, now you got to put back on the damp stuff. Not today. Base layer was EMS Techwick long sleeve. Middle layer EMS Techwick Thermo, Outlayer EMS Helix Anorak. Was warm and dry the entire day plus not bulky. Only negative comment on the Helix Anorak is that it is a very trim cut. I am 53 and my trim cut days are long gone.
NH Skiing Dad at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

Excellent Kit

Have high hopes with the NeoShell material being breathable. Have not had it long enough to "push" it yet. Fits well. I am 5'8" and around 165 lbs. Went with the large to fit a primaloft pullover underneath as needed. The medium was too tight IMO. They do run slim. Otherwise good fit with the hood and arms. Like anoraks a lot; good ones can be hard to find. Have never had any trouble with EMS gear in the past. Hope to do the Italian Alps next summer. This will come along. That should "push" it. If all goes well... the fifth star will be added!
Tommy at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

Remarkably Good

Like the previous reviewer Marc40A, this is precisely what I've been looking for. My old Goretex anorak wore out awhile ago and I've been searching for a shell that's just right for winter cycling + everything else. Orange is very bright for visibility and it's remarkably packable as a backup. The fit is a little on the snug side of true, but quite acceptable.
mirroreyes at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013

Helix Anorak

This is a slim fit cut, I am 5" 10" 170 lbs and the medium anorak fits perfect but there is not a lot of room for layers, I bought it for warmer weather use so that is ok because I do not want a bunch of excess material to get caught on things
Vic at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

Keep up the good work, EMS!

I'm really excited about this piece. There are very few companies designing with NeoShell and nobody doing it like this.

No superfluous laminates, pockets, zippers, weight, or $$$ in the price.

Cutting-edge material in a retro style.

I've been waiting for a shell like this for 20 years.
Marc40A at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 12/12/2013