Women's Cathode Hooded Jacket

Style# 97515OR

2014 Gear of the Year – Outside Magazine

The 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® Gold 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
  • Water Resistant
  • Lightweight
  • Schoeller® Stretch Panels
  • Fully Adjustable Hood with Stretch Fabric Panels
  • Internal Front Stormflap
  • Zippered Napoleon Pocket
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Left-hand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Stretch Binding at Cuffs
  • Drawcord Hem
  • Outdoor Research Linear Wordmark Logo


Fit: Trim Fit

Fabric: Pertex® Quantum, 100% nylon 22D ripstop shell and lining // Schoeller®, 100% polyester 75D stretch double weave panels // PrimaLoft® Gold Insulation 100% polyester, 60 g/m2

CENTER BACK LENGTH: 27 / 69 cm (M)

Avg. Weight (oz./g): 11.6oz / 330g (M)

Customer Reviews

1 of 2 Jackets You Should Own (Review by Paige)

This is the only insulating, packable, durable jacket you should own. Pair it with OR's active Gortex shell and you're set for all activities and conditions.
I have worn this jacket for all my seasonal outdoor activities. It really proved its worth when I had to carry big rocks, branches, sharp objects over distance to load into my truck. Not one hole or snag on this awesome Pertex beast! I did, however, discover the limitations of this wonder fabric when I brushed up against an open oven door and found myself with a nice half-dollar size hole on the front. Used a Gortex patch (for sale @ OR retail store) to seal the hole and it's as good as new. I will respect this beast and try not to be so foolish.

(Posted on 10/15/15)

Versatile insulation for climbers (Review by AlpineRodeo)

A climber’s dream! Many competitors now have a lightweight down/synthetic-insulated jacket to keep the core warm while offering highly breathable side-paneling for heavy activity during cool temps, but OR took the extra step with the helmet-compatible hood! No need to make adjustments to the hood; it just fits and stays in place perfectly as it should! It’s still very compressible and warm (it’s been replacing my Aria hoody, for example, which I also love!), but it holds a very flattering shape to wear in town or layer under a rain shell. And stains wash out quite well (I’m a messy person) with a tech wash! The only gripe I can make is that the seam blew out of the breast pocket rather quickly. It’s a super fast and easy repair, so I didn’t bother taking advantage of OR’s excellent warranty on this (not that I could part with this layer for even a day anyway!). I’m 5’3”, 135lbs and a muscular build and I have a size S, which fits perfectly. I get full range of motion—no constriction around the shoulders and back!

(Posted on 10/15/15)

Every detail is great (Review by desertrat)

Have a few jackets from OR, but this is the best. Perfect layer for under a hard shell skiing and ice climbing and the best lightweight warm layer to throw in for after the sun goes down on a climbing day. I throw it on for mtn bike rides this winter as well, because of the breathability and warmth. Love the XS size, nice trim fit that moves in the shoulders. Even the zippers are some of the easiest I've ever had on an outdoor piece. Lots of complements on the cut too; awesome little jacket!

(Posted on 2/10/14)

Women's Halogen Hoody™ (Review by By nancy)

When I ordered this jacket, I was confident that I would like it based on the description. The reality has exceeded my expectations!! First day out was a blustery early fall morning at Lumpy Ridge. Hot on the approach, the Halogen packed small in the pack front pocket. As soon as the approach sweats evaporated, the chill was on! I wore my Halogen for the full 4 pitch route, hanging belays in the chilly wind and stayed aptly warm. I noticed pretty quickly that the jacket was comfortable, stretchy and light enough that I really was oblivious that I had on an outer layer! The fit is great. The side panels have stretch but a slight gathering integrated into the construction to give the jacket something other than the typical boxy, techy jacket fit. This would make a great gift to any active woman outside in the mountains.

(Posted on 10/1/13)

Women's Halogen Hoody™ (Review by By nan)

It may be premature to post this review after having the jacket for one week. However, it is already the 'go to' piece for me during these last days of summer, with hints of fall.While climbing in the shade of the Estes Valley, it wasn't cold enough for a down layer. It wasn't even cold enough for a hat and long sleeves. The Halogen was the perfect piece over a tshirt. Easy enough to warm up the chilled skin. Easy enough to pack small. Perfect to climb in with nice breathability. The Schoeller side panels allow ample room for movement, yet allow a trim athletic fit.I can't wait to wear this for skinning up on sunny mornings and days at the Creek climbing. On fit, I sit between XS and S. I have it in the XS and have plenty of room, length in the torso and long enough arms. Mine is black and uber stealth in appearance. Catching compliments like bees to honey, too.

(Posted on 9/1/13)

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