The Feathered Friends Hooded Helios is a great climbing belay parka that feels much more at home in the mountains than downtown. Since it is not available from major retailers, you must order online directly from the small manufacturer in Seattle, perhaps a small inconvenience to some but you won't be disappointed. If you are looking for a winter jacket immediately, check out our Top Pick Award Winner, the Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Jacket. It is only a little less warm, is somewhat heavier, and is widely available at many major online retailers; the Chillwave will save you $185-275.
It is both lightweight and extremely packable, and offers a few unique features. Overall we found that the Feathered Friends Hooded Helios performed very well as a technical climbing parka, and performed less well as a general use or "around town" parka relative to the other jackets in this review.