Men's Cathode Hooded Jacket™

Style# 57515OR

Winner of the Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award, the renamed Cathode Hooded Jacket is the first insulated jacket that climbs as well as it belays. The Cathode features Schoeller® underarm side panels that stretch and breathe through crux moves, and water-resistant PrimaLoft® One insulation that keeps you warm during brisk predawn starts and blustery afternoons. Built with a super-lightweight Pertex® Quantum outer, the hybrid construction of the Cathode makes it an ideal choice for action in cold, wet alpine environments where lightweight, breathable warmth is critical.
Trim Fit






  • Hybrid Mapped Construction
  • 60% Water Resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Schoeller® Stretch Panels
  • Fully Adjustable Hood with Stretch Fabric Panels
  • Internal Front Zip Stormflap
  • Zippered Napoleon Pocket
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Left Hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Stretch Binding at Cuffs
  • Drawcord Hem


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric: Pertex® Quantum, 100% nylon, 20D outer and lining, Schoeller® 100% polyester stretch woven panels, PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 60g

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 13.3oz / 377g (L)

Customer Reviews

update: saved my bacon (Review by Wellnesscoach)

An early spring cycling tour found us stuck in two hours of cold drizzle and light wind. I had this in my pack and it saved my bacon. It kept me dry and warm while the side venting fabric (which is a genius design) let the excess heat out during climbs. This has been my go to jacket in several situations during the winter in mild temps with the radiant zip underneath. Can't say enough about this jacket.

(Posted on 3/22/15)

Good mid layer (Review by Matt)

I am 6' 190, and the Large fits well. It still has enough room to wear my OR down vest under it for extra warmth.
I like the idea of the Schoeller® stretch panels, but I think they can be improved.
First...I see no reason to have the stretch panels (thus less insulation) on the arms. Your extremities are going to get cold first, and don't have a lot of heat to dump anyway.
So I think the stretch panels on the core are a great idea...from armpit to hem. They could be extended up the back of the shoulders a bit, and it would offer better unrestricted mobility.
As I mentioned before, I had enough room to wear a down vest under this jacket. Therefor I would not agree with OR that this is a "slim fit" jacket. It could be cut to be more slim, and with the modified stretch panels, there would still be no binding issues.

All in all I like the jacket.
I am worried a little bit that OR is making design changes for looks rather than function. See my review of the Coldshot gloves...great idea, poor execution.

(Posted on 1/3/15)

Excellent Jacket (Review by Brandon)

By far the nicest light insulation layer I have ever owned. I'm 5'9", 160 pounds, and the fit is perfect. I've used it for fast and light touring, rock climbing, and even around town(where it has received numerous compliments).

(Posted on 9/2/14)

super solid (Review by Wellnesscoach)

All the features mentioned by prior reviewers make this jacket super solid. Love the adjustable hood. When stuffed into it's pocket makes almost a perfect sized pillow for in the car, the tent, or the airport.
Laughs i the face of a sleet storm. Bravo OR.

(Posted on 8/25/14)

Great light insulating jacket (Review by climbskihike)

I love this jacket. It is a great alternative to the arcteryx atom LT and I find it superior in a few key ways: 1. The hood is better - you can actually adjust it so it fits snug and it turns with you. 2. The fit is better - for me at least the Cathode/Halogen has a bit more room but is not overly baggy. 3. The chest pocket is on the outside - easier access. 4. Packs into its own pocket. 5. better colors.
Overall an awesome jacket, great for active pursuits in cold conditions and a nice light jacket for cool conditions.

(Posted on 8/20/14)

The best color: (Review by Mike)

Lemongrass green is absolutely the best color that the garment industry has come up with since International Orange! It's easy to look at and visual from a distance and yet still remain stealth.In which most hunters and bush people would like to remain.In closing,I find it inexcusable to be out of stock or to maybe discontinue this particular color..........Michael Geyer

(Posted on 5/28/14)

Favorite piece of clothing ever (Review by catchbigair)

Hands down, I love this piece of clothing more than anything I have ever worn. I've skied in it well over 50 days, I've hiked in it, worn it to the office, etc., and it still looks like it's new. It's a great insulation layer under an OR shell, doesn't get soggy like down, and wears like iron. I ordered it in blue but exchanged it for black because the color online appears much brighter than what it really is.

(Posted on 5/18/14)

A mid-layer with more (Review by Peter)

This Jacket is awesome for ski tourers, especially in wetter climates. I have done a dozen snowy dawn patrols wearing mine this year. The 60g Primaloft gives roughly the insulation of a thick fuzzy polypro shirt, but the shell material blocks wind and precipitation giving a huge advantage over a fuzzy base layer when the weather gets windy and wet. The Primaloft doesn’t absorb sweat like a polypro or down layer will, and the outer shell allows you to keep your real shell in your pack for the skin track, so it doesn't get soaked with sweat. The cut is slim, for layering under a bigger jacket on the way down. The jacket stuffs easily into its own pocket. Highly recommend this as a mid-layer or aerobic outer-layer for people heading out into cold wetness.

(Posted on 1/19/14)

Men's Halogen Hoody™ (Review by By Mark Allen-IFMGA/AMGA)

The Halogen my new favorite layer in the quiver. Coupled with the OR Radiant layer and a light soft-shell and you will have a system that will work in any environment. A base system or the whole enchilada is can be used for Fall bouldering=>ski touring=>Summer alpine=> cold morning smoking jacket: is jacket is a perfect complimentary synthetic middle weight layer for all sports.Pros:~Dumps heat in overheated areas while working ~Can be used as a heat regulation layer ~Synthetic fill for wet environments ~Packs well ~Fits over a helmet or fro nicely ~Not to thick or thin ~Hybrid sleeves streamline the jacket ~Outer fabric is holding up to minor tears nicely ~Predictably a layer that will be around and not wear out. ~Nice zippers, good easy pull, no issues.Uses thus far: ~Fall climbing on Rainier during storms, worn while climbing ~Warming up Fall bouldering in WA~Training outside in fall air~A sweatshirt ~Alpine rock climbing: used in the morning while hiking and as a lighter puffy to bring along on the climbPredicted uses:~Every day this winter ~Ski touring on a cool day, Wearing while traveling~Ice climbing on a cold day under a light soft or hard shell~Trekking to basecamp

(Posted on 9/28/13)

Men's Halogen Hoody™ (Review by By brygil)

After shredding a down jacket or two trying to stay warm while climbing, I'm embracing my Halogen Hoody. Just enough stretch panels to keep me feeling free - all wrapped up in a more rock friendly package. If you love climbing you probably know that everything is easier when it's cold, happily you'll never have to take this jacket off.

(Posted on 9/10/13)

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