The warm, ultra-lightweight Outdoor Research Women's Cathode Hooded Jacket utilizes 20D Pertex Quantum fabric and PrimaLoft Gold insulation. Perfect for all colder weather adventures, the jacket packs down small to save valuable space in your pack.
Utilizing premium synthetic materials and body mapped construction, the Outdoor Research Women’s Cathode Hooded Jacket is the perfect lightweight layer for winter conditions or chilly days. This is definitely a great stand alone jacket. It is lightweight so it is definitely going to take the edge off of that cold, chilly weather. But it is low profile enough that you can get layers over top of it as well. So it would be a great layering piece.
The materials here, again, are premium. So you have got very lightweight, yet durable 20 denier pertex quantum material here on the outside that is going to shed water. It is not completely waterproof, but it is going to do a good job with water beading up and running off of it. There are stretch panels on the sides here that is going to offer more breathability where you need it under your arms, but it is going to allow freedom of movement. So you are not going to feel claustrophobic at all in this jacket, although it does have a pretty athletic fit.
The insulation here is Primaloft gold insulation. So very lightweight, but also very warm synthetic insulation. And the thing I love about synthetics is that they really retain their thermal efficiency even if they become wet and synthetic materials dry out very quickly as opposed to traditional down. So in any conditions you are going to be comfortable in this piece.
The features here are pretty streamlined and simple, but there is a lot of details that are really important as well. You have got a full length zipper here and, you know, that is easy on, easy off. Around the bottom you have one stretchy draw cord that comes out onto one side. So that is, you know, pretty lightweight, but you can cinch down the bottom hem here.
On the cuffs just stretchy Lycra on the cuffs. They are really comfortable, you know, very lightweight there. And then you have kind of a higher collar with this jacket than I have seen on some other jackets. It does have a hood, but if you want to just zip up the collar and have protection there around your neck, it works really well for that. And then you do have a nice hood with some adjustability with those stretchy fabrics that are going to fit really well around your head. It is not really a helmet compatible hood, as far as putting to over top of a helmet, but it fits really well around your head.
And you do have some pockets, so two hand level pockets here. You have got a Napoleon pocket right here to get your hands on smaller items really quickly. And then on the inside you do have dump pockets on either side. So really big pockets there. I could see it being a great place for a pair of gloves, even a water bottle if you are belaying or something like that. So nice pockets on the inside and, all in all, just a really comfortable piece.
The fit of this jacket is spot on to what I would expect from Outdoor Research. I normally wear smalls in most pieces by Outdoor Research and this fits me really well. I have room to move. I am just wearing a lightweight t-shirt right now, but I could put some other layers underneath of it and still feel comfortable. And, as I said, put a shell over top.
With the stretch her eon the side panels you also have a little bit of that stretch material up here. So that body mapping is really nice, because if you are climbing, if you are backpacking, you are hiking and you want to move and you want to stretch this piece is going to move and stretch with you. It provides just enough warmth with that insulation on the arms and here in your core, but those panels are going to allow you to really breathe and to wick away sweat. So this is an excellent piece for those active pursuits. Again, with that synthetic insulation it is just going to work well in any condition.
It is the Women’s Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket.