Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket Review
November 20, 2013
Lately I’ve been trying to find a better light insulation layer to keep me warm during high energy output activities and that will continue to insulate while wet. I looked at several different options and ended up choosing the Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket – after using the jacket a few times I know I made the right choice. It is a very lightweight layer that uses PrimaLoft One to insulate and Pertex Quantum to protect you from the weather. The Cathode also uses Schoeller panels under the arms and down the sides to help the jacket breathe, stretch and dump excess heat.
UPDATE: Recently Outdoor Research renamed the Halogen Hoody to the Cathode Hooded Jacket. Why they made the name change I don’t know but understand that this review is for both the Halogen Hoody and the Cathode Hooded Jacket.
The reason I went with the Cathode from Outdoor Research was due to the use of PrimaLoft One insulation and Pertex Quantum for the outer shell. I have had experience with both of these materials in other clothing items and I am extremely pleased with their performance. Pertex Quantum is my favorite windproof/water resistant outer fabric on the market right now. Outdoor Research also chose to include a hood adjust cord (the kind that is located at the back of the hood allowing you to keep the hood from flopping in your face). Nothing bothers me more than a hood that doesn’t fit right so this feature is a requirement of mine in a hooded jacket. I’m also a big fan of the Schoeller side panels. I had not heard of that material before looking into this jacket but it stretches and vents well and seems to be a tighter knit and more water resistant than the material used in other similar applications (such as the Atom LT by Arc’teryx)
Other things about this jacket that I liked were the cut (a little longer in the back and a nice arm length so that no skin is exposed when I bend over to adjust my boots or reach my arms out) and the amount of insulation used. It is a lightweight jacket and it doesn’t try to be too warm. I run on the warm side and other light insulation layers, like the Atom LT) offer too much warmth and I can’t keep them on when I really start working hard.
Overall this is one of my favorite new jackets. It hits the sweet spot in the warmth spectrum for a lightweight, active, insulation layer making the Cathode Hooded Jacket a super versatile jacket that will go with you from trips to the grocery store to the tops of mountains.
Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket