Contort in comfort during damp, cold days on alpine rock faces.
If alpine rock faces in cold, damp environments don't deter you, the Outdoor Research Men's Cathode Insulated Hooded Jacket will keep you comfortable as you contort up to the top of the climb. The jacket's Hybrid Mapped Construction puts the right fabrics at the right places to ensure you can move freely while staying warm and without overheating. Tough, stretchy, breathable, and water-repellant polyester Schoeller panels under the arms, across the back, and in the hood optimize movement and breathability and stand up to hard use. Water-resistant PrimaLoft One insulation throughout the rest of the jacket insulates without bulk and stays warm even when wet. The jacket easily packs down so you can stuff the whole jacket in the left hand pocket, which doubles as a stuff sack. Thanks to this excellent packability, you can easily carry this jacket with you to use if and when you need it during longer excursions, early mornings, or damp days.
- Pertex Quantum nylon, Schoeller stretch polyester panels
- PrimaLoft One 60g insulation
- Trim fit
- Fully adjustable hood with stretch fabric panels
- Internal front zip stormflap
- Stretch binding at cuffs and drawcord hem
- Left hand pocket doubles as stuff sack
- Item #ODR1233
- Q & A
Another gem from OR
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
- Fit: True to size
- Size Bought: Large
I purchased this jacket to replace and older insulation jacket I've had for years. My goal was to find an insulator that would work well on it's own, and combine with layers to keep me warm. This jacket does just that. This is my third piece from Outdoor Research and I continue to recommend them to all my friends. If I'm not wearing it, I always have it packed in my pack for use when in need. I rarely leave home without it.
This is the kind of day the Cathode was made for: a long ski tour with howling winds and blowing spin-drift. Kept me comfortable all day.
Breaths well, keeps you WARM
Great as an insulating layer, or on its own. Nice alternative to down, especially for high exertion activities in cold weather.
2014 "Gear of the Year" Award
The Cathode jacket won Outside magazines "Gear of the Year" award. Combining PrimaLoft One, Pertex Quantum and Schoeller soft shell in what Outside calls, "one of the most versatile winter jackets we’ve ever tested."
Just curious about what size I would need? I'm 5'7" 175lbs and wear a 42 suit jacket. I usually wear a mediums and just recently bought a OR White Room jacket (awesome by the way) in size medium and it fits right on with room for a puffy underneath. I always get concerned when deciding between a medium and a large that the medium won't fit my shoulders and a large will be swimming way below my waist, especially when something is a trim or athletic fit.
After reading your question a couple times, I go back and forth. I am leaning towards large in the Cathode because of your shoulders. I am between a medium and large in women's and needed to do a large. My shoulders are big as well, and the large does a better job for me.
If you get the large and realize you needed the medium, Backcountry is great about exchanges. They will take care of you!
I have the OR Maximus, size medium. As it is, the fit of the Maximus is rather slim on me. Will the Cathode layer well with the Maximus, or will it restrict movement?
Hey Austin, this is super tough to answer. HOW slim on you is the Maximus? The Cathode is not particularly bulky at all, but it IS an insulating layer. The movement of the Cathode is awesome, but not sure about your specific question and the fit -
Just moved to Minnesota and I'm in the market for a versatile winter jacket. I have about a 20 minute walk to work that will be in temps 10 to -10 for most of Jan and Feb. I always wear a fleece at work, so I'm looking for a single jacket I can throw on over a fleece and keep me warm for the walk. Will also probably do a couple snowshoeing and x-country skiing days in similar temps, as well as a week in the Rockies skiing. I'm a little worried this jacket won't keep me warm enough (I get cold easily). Can anyone comment?
Hi The re, For movement, this jacket does a great job. so for active walking, snowshoing, XC skiing, you will be great. If you are sitting around, then the Schoeller panels on the side may not be warm enough for you. But its those Shoeller panels, when you are active, that allow the moisture vapor and heat to get away from your body easily. On the coldest of days, you can also throw a light shell on top of it. Really versitile layer!
Hope that helps!
Hey guys. I'm thinking of buying this jacket for my husband but I'm not sure if it will be warm enough. We'll be hiking in 40-50F temps and he usually runs warm. He tried the Atom LT jacket but the sleeves aren't long enough....36in, yeah right. What do you think???
Oh, and we'll be in Seward Alaska.
Hi there, I think he will be plenty warm... maybe too warm! This is a great piece, especially when acrive. Another couple choices would be the Uberlayer or the Deviator, both from OR.
Definitely all good choices from OR!
At 5'9" and 155lbs, should I go with a small or a medium if I am looking to wear only a thin baselayer underneath?
So I am 5'9" and 185lbs, and I went with a L. It fits me perfectly. Keep in mind that the schoeller fabric makes this jacket fit so much better. If I were you I would go with a Medium. If it doesn't work for you return it to backcountry for a whopping $6 and exchange it for a small.
Hey there - Leta from OR chiming in - yes, go with the medium. You will love this piece!
Do you know if or when you will get more...
Do you know if or when you will get more of this jacket in black size XL?