Men's Cathode Hooded Jacket™

Style# 243067OR

"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
  • Lightweight
  • Schoeller ® Stretch Panels
  • Fully Adjustable Hood with Stretch Fabric Panels
  • Internal Front Stormflap
  • Zippered Napoleon Pocket
  • Two Zippered Hand Pockets
  • Lefthand Pocket Doubles as Stuff Sack
  • Stretch Binding at Cuffs
  • Drawcord Hem


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: 28 ½” / 74 cm (L)

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

Customer Reviews

The perfect synthetic layer (Review by Michael)

I'll keep this short and sweet. OR nailed this jacket's design. It shines in all conditions. On its own, it keep the chill away very effectively on a crisp day. On colder days, it is an effective synthetic layer for wet conditions where down is not an option. The fit moves with my body, making it a great layer for climbing. I recommend treating it with an aftermarket waterproofing product such as Nikwax to enhance its water-shedding ability, which is alright off the rack but doesn't stand up to moisture for long.

(Posted on 7/27/16)

Great All-Arounder (Review by spoon)

Have guided summer backpacking trips in the Adirondacks in this jacket, run in it, bike-commuted in it, and love it every time I put it on. It's surprising warmth-to-weight, quality fabrics and construction, and functional details make the Cathode great to wear across a wide range of activities in cool to cold weather, and holds up well to everyday use/abuse.

Fit: I am 6' 180lbs, with an athletic build, and wear a Large. The fit is roomy enough for plenty of layering underneath while still allowing room for movement. The hood is a bit large if you are not wearing a helmet, the nice elastic front hem makes it easy to pull over a cycling or climbing helmet on super cold/windy days, and sits comfortably when wearing a cap.

Materials/Build: Pertex quantum is great, shrugs light rain and wind, and dries super quickly when wet, Primaloft insulation is very quick drying as well. Very warm for weight, and breathes well through side and arm panels during high output. Plastic zippers are durable. Pockets are well located, sitting high on body to avoid pack hip straps.

Uses: Great generalist, especially for wet weather. Layer it under a rain or hardshell, and insulating properties skyrocket, but breathes well in high-output situations. Comfortable down to 40F with a t-shirt in moderate activity. Would recommend this jacket as an even better alternative to a light down hoody, because of its synthetic insulation and ability to take repeated abuse without flinching. Overall, love this jacket and would buy it again!

(Posted on 5/27/16)

Follow up review (Review by Paul)

Wanted to add to my earlier review. I agree with MN Brad… I would have given 5 stars if OR kept the fleece venting to the sides and pits ONLY. The fleece that runs down the sleeves to the hands lets the cold in.

(Posted on 5/2/16)

Da Bomb! (Review by Paul)

Me: Male, 5'10", 177 lbs., 42 1/2" chest, broad shoulders.
I bought the size Large and it fits great! I chose Black for more absorption of heat from the sun on cooler days.
This jacket is an excellent, all around inner layer/cool-cold weather outer layer (layered with a fleece under the jacket for cold weather). If you add a hard shell you're good to go for most anything!
The hood provides and excellent unobtrusive fit thanks to a singular draw cord and a form fitting stretch "cuff" around the face.
The stretch side/arm panels are great for dynamic movement and heat transfer during high energy output. My personal preference would be thicker fleece side/arm panels, as the current panels don't block wind that well and transfer heat almost too well on colder weather.
Super light weight, very compressible and stuffs into one of the hand pockets. Outer chest pocket for easy access. Two zippered hand pockets that actually make up two interior "stuff" pockets also, because of the sewn pocket construction….. an added bonus!!!
Overall, this jacket is Da Bomb!!!

(Posted on 5/2/16)

I own three (Review by John)

This jacket is the best, so good I now own three. I just got back from a 1 month ice climbing trip and it was perfect, We had many day's in the single digets and a few below -0F and it preformed awesome. No piece of kit does it all but the Cathode is pretty darn close. If it got windy I put on a shell, But even when windy and cold , if I was working it preformed great. . Word on the street is your thinking of changing the hood ? Please don't , this is one of its best features. Its a climbers jacket not a "I'm running around town jacket". The big internal glove pockets are also great for extra ,wet gloves, headlamp etc etc.
And the Lefthand Pocket that Doubles as Stuff Sack is trick. Better stop 5 stars .

(Posted on 2/25/16)

Perfect everyday jacket (Review by Reid)

This jacket is very thin and light, but keeps you just warm enough in just about any weather as long as you're moving. It's fairly windproof, I live in Lethbridge and wear it to school every day. It's comfortable with just a shirt underneath until -15C or so and it fits me big enough to put a sweater under for any colder. I only notice the wind starting to chill me when it gusts around 85km/h or so. I'm 6'1" and 160lbs with long-ish arms, and the medium was practically tailored for me. The sleeves are the perfect length, which literally never happens for me. As I said, it's big enough to fit a sweater or two under and fitted enough to wear as an extra layer under a shell or ski jacket. It's pretty hard to actually stuff into it's pocket so I just stuff it into the mesh bag my harness came in. It's so good my friend bought one instantly.

(Posted on 2/19/16)

Great lightweight layer (Review by Marty)

This is my go to jacket between October and April. I wear it everyday for going out and about town, from 40 degrees on down to very cold temps if I'm not going to be sitting outside in those cold temps. And for layering under my shell when riding the lifts, this jacket has such a versatile range. It breathes well, fits well, (form fitting but not super tight) and looks great. I'm 5'9", 140#, and somewhat limby, and the medium fits me perfectly.

(Posted on 1/18/16)

Function meets form (Review by @john.nolen)

This jacket does exactly what it's supposed to do. It is a mid-layer meant for high aerobic activity. There's nothing like wearing a down puffy jack when skinning up the slopes and NOT getting hot. The hip to pit to wrist vents on this mid-layer provide ample breathability and ventilation. Exceptionally built. This garment will not keep you warm by itself. Even with a base layer under neath, it's not going to be as warm as a down/puffy jacket without vents. That being said, it does keep me warm, even when just lounging in it while hanging out in the cold temps at the base of the resort or outside the hut after a day of backcountry skiing. On the cold days, it functions exceptionally as a mid-layer. Not only does it keep me warm, but it keeps me from getting chilled from the sweat build up like I normally would have with a heavier or nano puff that DOESNT have any vents. All in all, I recommend this product to anyone looking for a comfortable, form fitting mid-layer with dual functionality: warmth and breathability.


(Posted on 1/5/16)

Great purchase (Review by Joe88)

This jacket performs incredibly well. The weight is great, insulation is excellent and the fit is clutch. The design on this jacket is excellent, except the hood looks ridiculous when not worn over a helmet. Other than that, this is the jacket to get. Highly recommended.

(Posted on 11/30/15)

Good... not Great (Review by MN Brad)

Love the design, fit and its super lightweight.
I tried this on in late summer thought it was perfect as I don't get cold easily, and prefer lightweight jackets. The ventilated sleeves have a good look to them, but really... they let in the cold. For that reason, I can't give it a 5 star. I wish they offered this jacket with the same lines but without the vented sleeves. its a shiver of cold going up my underarms... not happy. :(

(Posted on 10/26/15)

Highly rated (Review by IkeNZ)

Just an encore to how highly i rate this jacket it just works either stand alone or as a layer under anything, its just a pity the OR is a minor brand to our local outdoor retailers in New Zealand.

(Posted on 8/31/15)

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 1/2/15)

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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