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Outdoor Research Cathode Insulated Hooded Jacket - Men's

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    Climber's best friend.

    Whether you're belaying at the base or reaching for the crux of the crag, stay warm and dry during your fall climbing missions in the Outdoor Research Men's Cathode Insulated Hooded Jacket. This lightweight, insulated jacket protects you from frigid temps and unexpected precipitation without weighing you down or limiting your mobility.

    Light, yet tough Pertex Quantum fabric shrugs off drizzles and flurries while standing up to abrasion from brushes with rocks, and Schoeller stretch panels in key flex zones allow you to move freely and boost breathability during high output. PrimaLoft Gold insulation offers heat-trapping power comparable to that of down, with the key difference being that PrimaLoft Gold will continue to insulate when wet. And when the sun starts warming up the rock face, this jacket stuffs into its own pocket for easy and efficient storage.

    • Lightweight and warm climbing jacket
    • Abrasion and water-resistant fabric
    • PrimaLoft Gold insulates even when wet
    • Schoeller stretch panels in key flex areas
    • Stuffs into own pocket
    • Internal stormflap keeps cold gusts out
    • Zippered pockets secure small items
    • Stretch binding at cuffs and adjustable hem
    • Item #ODR00HJ

    Tech Specs

    Material
    Pertex Quantum (100% nylon ripstop), [stretch panels] Schoeller 75D stretch double weave (polyester)
    Insulation
    PrimaLoft Gold
    Fit
    trim
    Center Back Length
    28.5 in
    Hood
    yes
    Pockets
    2 hand zip, 1 chest zip
    Claimed Weight
    13.3 oz
    Recommended Use
    climbing
    Manufacturer Warranty
    lifetime

    Tech Specs

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    Great White Buffalo

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'1"
    • Weight: 175lbs

    This is truly the best insulating layer I have used, it's versatility is unmatched. It's the "do it all " jacket you've been told doesn't exist.

    I have used this jacket from summer to winter now in Colorado's high country to Utah's deserts and have been nothing but amazed. The Cathode's ability to keep you the right temperature despite varied conditions and activity has amazed me.

    The jacket preforms excellently for belaying, backpacking, ski touring, hiking, alpine running, and resort riding. Where the cathode really shines is keeping you warm, but not too warm, when you're moving.

    It accomplishes this by combining the Pertex 20D where the insulation is and softshell under the arm and side of torso. What this does it keep the warmth in the baffles and not let it escape. The fabric repels wind and light moisture very well, though it means it does not breath well, but that's where the softshell shines. You are able to release extra heat and stay in the right zone. I find myself leaving this layer on much longer than any other layer I have.

    The Prima loft Gold is super light, warm, and continues to keep you warm even if you get the fabric wet. Which can happen from sweating or perception, so it makes this jacket much safer and more comfortable.

    It works well as your outer layer when skinning or hiking, or underneath a shell when the wind is ripping or its colder out. I am careful with the fabric, but it has stood up fine to light bush-wacking and rubbing up against rocks . The hood is very well designed and seals around your head well. It doesn't fit well over a helmet, but sits underneath nicely. It stuffs into it's own pocket nicely, and can compresses more once its in your pack.

    I can't recommend this enough. Have the right layers and it reduces the need for as many. And as always happy to be covered by OR Infinite Warrantee!

    Great mid layer

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
    • Fit: True to size
    • Size Bought: Large
    • Height: 6'2"
    • Weight: 180lbs

    Well designed and just enough features for the perfect midlayer jacket. The side panel and under arm are very breathable and keep some air flowing. Fit is spot on with OR's large. The hood is low profile and fits under the collar of a shell jacket just fine.
    A little too breathable to wear as a stand alone jacket in the mountains but layered over a wind shirt (the Transition hoody!) its perfect for dry cool days in the backcountry.
    I love that the pocket design makes a "stuff it" pocket on the inside, just too bad its too small for climbing skins.

    Too big

    • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
    • Fit: Runs large
    • Size Bought: M
    • Height: 5'8"
    • Weight: 150lbs

    I ordered for my husband who usually wear M size.(same type of jacket in different brands) but this one seems like L.
    Color and workmanship is good, we like zipper pocket on both sided because everything have a chance to be lost anytime if we dont have these thing. I returned this one a nd will get the new one in the same type of jacket.

    Love this jacket!!!

    • Size Bought: Med
    • Height: 5'10"
    • Weight: 165lbs

    I've had this jacket for a couple years now. It is my go-to jacket besides my Atom LT. It is light and versatile. I use it backpacking and for casual use. It has a great warmth to weight ratio and is fairly durable. This jacket keeps me (I'm from MN) warm to about 45-50 degrees. I am 5'10" 165 athletic build and the medium fits me amazing!

    Sweet jacket for mid temps

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times
    • Fit: Runs small
    • Size Bought: Small
    • Height: 5'9"
    • Weight: 154lbs

    When I got this jacket, I was so stoked to walk around in it. Color was great, fit was good (a bit snug), and outside temperature was right for the test (~38 deg.)
    I live in the PNW, and it was slightly drizzling outside, with a little wind. I quickly realized, that I was very cold in this jacket.
    If you want a jacket, that you'll be doing mediocre physical activity in, this is the best choice.
    If you want a jacket, that you'll walk around in, look elsewhere.
    Final note about the size. I'm 5.9 154 lbs, athletic build, and the shoulders were a bit tight.

    Hi there - thank you for the review. Yes, agreed - this jacket is for activity, not walking around in cold cold weather. The idea behind it is that it is "active insulation," so it will breathe well when you are active, but on the flip side, it won't block the weather as much, so when you are not really moving that actively, it is not the best choice... unless then, you would like to layer a shell on top.
    Leta
    OR Rep

    Size-fit info

      5'10" 225 weight lifter , I ordered an xl an just barely fits, feels like a large. Really like how it zips right up to your chin an the adjustable hoodie is perfect. Pretty thin , wind goes right through it. Ordered color hot sauce but if you compare the uberlayer in hot sauce there is no comparison. The uberlayer in hot sauce is really bright, awesome color, but the uberlayer is way to long, past the behind. This jacket is okay if your a slim 200lb guy the xl is a perfect fiti

      Hi Erin, Yes, the Cathode is a trim fit, so your fit comments make sense. It's not designed as a wind layer - but to be used as an active insulation piece, which, if needed, can be used as a mid layer with a shell over it if you need that additional weather protection. For the color, please know that different fabrics take dyes differently, so it's almost impossible to get colors the exact same, even though the dye color is the same. Hope that make sense, and thank you for your review!

      Leta
      OR Rep

      The glowing reviews are true

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      This is a solid purchase for $99. I have to wait another month to test its insulation. But I immediately knew upon donning it that it's comfortable and allows for a wide range of movement. There's no uncomfortable tug or tightness in the shoulders. My only reason to give it 4 stars is that it doesn't have much room to layer underneath. But maybe it insulates so well that it won't require more than a baselayer or just a tshirt. I'll update this when the time comes.

      Peru Trip

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 180lbs

      Took it to Peru for a surf trip and backpacking expedition and loved it. Did not know that it packed into a small bag... big plus if you are hot and want to hang it from your backpack. Great product!!

      Perfect

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 6'2"
      • Weight: 187lbs

      I took this jacket to Colorado two weeks ago backpacking and fishing. It was in the mid-40s at night where I was and this thing was perfect. It packs well and by itself was better than any cotton - and I had heavy cotton - layered. With a shell, also OR, I was never cold and I didn't really need a shell. I think together, these will keep me warm in sub freezing temps, especially moving. I strongly recommend hoods on both pieces. They fit well together and I was glad to have them

      Perfect

      THE BEST!!!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: MEdium
      • Height: 5'8"
      • Weight: 150lbs

      I was looking for a "do it all jacket" and Cathode fit the bill perfectly. I was looking for something that I could climb, hike, relax, and just look good in and this jacket is perfect. I love that I can stuff the jacket into it's own pocket and clip it on my harness when I get to hot on a climb. The Water resistant fabric works really while in light rain. The strechy Fabric on the hood looks a little silly when it is on your head but frankly it is amazing as it stays in place and does not obstruct your view. The jacket breathes really well while still staying warm. I Would highly highly recommend this jacket.

      Great

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Med
      • Height: 5'10"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      I love this jacket. I live in Southern California so it has been perfect for our "winter". It is lightweight and the side panel has not caused me to heat up during long walks. I really like that it is thin and light. During windy days, I just pull up the hood and all is good.

      Just what I needed.

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: L
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I'm convinced this is the ideal insulating layer for ski tourers and anyone doing aerobic stuff in the cold, especially places like the east coast or PNW where winter conditions often get wet. the side panels breathe incredibly well while the arm and shoulder fabric does an awesome job keeping soggy snowflakes, drizzles, and other moisture out. The outer fabric has been very durable so far too, and one thing I love is that I can shred or bushwhack through our twiggy EC glades without worrying about tears (like I do with my down layer).

      When the wind picks up you definitely need a shell on top; cold wind rips right through the side and underarm fabric. It's not really a downside to me, since that why you bring a wind layer in the first place. I still notice the great breathability when it's under the shell, and it's a great layer paired with a microfleece and shell on cold days.

      The hood is great; keeps the warm air in nicely and fits well under a helmet.

      Basically it's exactly what I wanted for east coast touring and generally keeping warm on days were the giant puffy jacket isn't really warranted. And it looks dope.

      Outstanding

      • Familiarity: I've used it several times
      • Fit: True to size

      Very versatile jacket. I have used it hiking and ski touring so far and it works great. I tend to sweat alot and the non-insulated side panels help shed heat when going uphill. The material blocks the wind ok, but you need a shell when it is really blustery. In light dry snow, the jacket repels the moisture pretty well, but of course it is not waterproof. I have heavier insulated jackets that are too warm to hike or skin in, and this one is perfect for under a shell, or warmer days, or traveling uphill. The green/yellow color is very bright, almost neon.

      Great Intermediate Jacket

      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: medium
      • Height: 5'11"
      • Weight: 175lbs

      This jacket makes for a good intermediate layer or light jacket when you're active. It's definitely thinner than a down sweater and just a bit thinner than an Arc Teryx Atom Jacket. They have it listed as fitting small but it's just a trimmer fit. I am 5'11, 175 lbs with a 41" chest and went with a medium and it fits perfect. I tried on the large and there was tons of extra material around the body and the sleeves were 3-4 inches to long.

      Flexible Warmth!

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size
      • Size Bought: Large
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 185lbs

      I typically use this jacket for really cold days when I am on the move. I normally run pretty hot and this jacket manages to keep me from overheating during any type of physical exertion. The fit on this jacket is perfect. I really think the fit of the jacket is aided by the schoeller stretch fabric on the underside of the arms and the sides of the torso. My first use of the jacket saw wet spring snow and temps dipping down into the 20's. It was everything I thought it would be. The jacket shed all of the snow and was great until I stopped moving then I had to layer up for the night. I think what I like most about this jacket is that I never have to take it off when I am outdoors. Other jackets either make me sweat or are too thin for the weather. I am likely buying a spare just in-case OR stops making these because this jacket will always have a spot in my closet.

      Love the product

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: Runs small
      • Size Bought: Medium
      • Height: 5'9"
      • Weight: 174lbs

      I bought the jacket to wear under a shell while hiking/touring and it's perfect. Sizing is a bit tight so make sure you mesure well within the size chart. Otherwise this jacket is awesome

      Super Versatile,

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
      • Fit: True to size

      If my Cathode Jacket were lost/stolen today I would buy a new immediately, it's a crucial piece of gear for me. One of the most versatile layers I own

      I've used it more than 100 days. It is my Go-To insulation layer for frigid storm day skin tracks. The lightweight synth-insulation doesn't get soggy from snow or sweat, and the softshell side panels breathe amazingly well without letting in chilly drafts. The hood is also clutch for wind-blasted summits.

      I have also used this jacket for below-freezing trail runs and mtb'ing....really perfect layer for cold weather mtb'ing.

      Layer it under a sturdy shell for downhill skiing.



      In the Fall I have packed it as a light insulation layer for cool morning hikes, and I bring it out on the boat in summer for an after sunset layer that can get wet and still work, unlike fleece or down.



      My wife liked my Cathode so much more than her Arcteryx Atom (similar product) that she was constantly stealing my jacket. She finally got her own cathode.



      The fit on the body is trim and the sleeves are long for easy movement. I'm 6'1" and ~170lbs and I wear a medium

      Super Versatile,