Winner of the 2014 Outside Magazine Gear of the Year award, the Men’s Cathode Jacket is ultra lightweight yet fully functional. Better yet, you get all its great features for the relatively low price of $200 (plus an infinite guarantee). If you’re looking for the jacket that will help take your passion for the outdoors to the next level, this jacket is worth a look.
It goes without saying that serious hikers, bikers climbers and even skiers too demand the very best from all their outdoor equipment. Yet it can be difficult to find a top-quality mid-layer jacket at a reasonable price. That’s right where the Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket comes into the picture.
Outdoor Research Cathode Review
The Cathode Hooded Jacket is an Outdoor Research product through and through. Designed by serious hikers and climbers for serious hikers and climbers, you can rest assured that it’s more than up to whatever challenge you or the outdoors can throw its way.
Made from a combination of two unique materials (a Pertex Quantum outer and PrimaLoft Gold insulation), the Cathode Hooded Jacket is lightweight, warm, and water-resistant. It’s specifically designed with cold and wet alpine environments in mind. With that said, it performs well in just about any terrain and at any elevation.
Outdoor Research packs a number of nice features into the jacket’s design without going overboard. Most appreciated is the use of a stretchy, breathable material under the arms and along the sides. Offering increased breathability and flexibility, this material also keeps heat in and wind/rain out.
The Cathode Hooded Jacket also features an adjustable hood and three easily accessible pockets. The left hand pocket works as a stuff sack when the jacket isn’t in use. This makes it easy to store or to use as a dual-use pillow.
Cathode Jacket Overall Impression
The Outdoor Research Men’s Cathode Hooded Jacket is honestly one of the best mid-layers we’ve ever used. And we’re not just saying that because we love Outdoor Research (although we do).
For starters, the jacket looks great. The lemongrass yellow color sticks out without being too garish. Among our favorite qualities of the Cathode are its comfort, warmth, lightweight, and versatility. Seriously though, this thing is at home on the town as it is hiking, skiing, or climbing.
And on top of this all is the jacket’s great value. As we mentioned above, Outdoor Research offers an infinite guarantee on the jacket. This means you can rest assured that you’ll get the most out of the Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket without worrying that it will fall apart during heavy use. The Cathode Hooded Jacket is available direct from Outdoor Research ($199)