OR Cathode Jacket


Dual-speed insulation for both riding through the big chill and recharging with a brew at the hut. Just like a down jacket, Primaloft® synthetic fill lofts to trap pockets of warm air. But unlike down, it maintains that loft in damp or sweaty conditions. Toasty, but not in an Arctic sense - the Cathode is an ideal mid-layer for touring or on overnight backcountry trips in cold, but not freezing, climes.

    • Pertex® Quantum wind resistant shell.
    • Primaloft® Gold 60 g/m2 synthetic insulation.
    • Stretch double weave side and underarm panels.
    • Elasticated hood and cuffs.
    • Zipped chest and hand pockets.
    • Stuffs into hand pocket to form a tiny 300 ml, 370 gm bundle.
  • ▹ Weight

    Garment Weight: 370 gm
    • All Ground Effect clothing enjoys a warm 40ºC machine wash. Try to avoid cold-water detergents and those with bleach, 'oxygen whitener' or fabric softener.
      • The cold-water varieties have little enzymes that are super-charged to brave the cold but can damage technical fabrics and cause skin irritation. 
      • Bleach rots natural fibres like merino, strips the dye, attacks laminates of waterproof fabrics and can also cause skin irritation.
      • Sodium Percarbonate (the main ingredient in oxygen whitener) can make colours run.
      • Fabric softener and stuff containing it like wool wash destroys the water repellent finish on waterproof and water resistant fabrics, and can cause colours to run. 
    • As a rule of thumb, a product that is easy on the planet is also easy on your body. Select a mild plant-based soap like Ecover, Ecostore, Earthwise or Aware.
    • Hand washing is sometimes the only option on tour, but a washing machine rinses more thoroughly and is preferable if you have the choice.
    • Most Ground Effect gear dries super-fast so hanging on the line or drooping over the bedpost is generally the best option. High heat can damage some fabrics so if you do take your threads for a spin, set the device on 'medium' or 'warm' rather than hot. A lap in the dryer is recommended for your rain jacket, after it has dried on the line, as it helps recharge its water repellent finish. 

Made by: Outdoor Research

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Chris P.
New Zealand

OR Cathode Jacket

Awesome jacket and will be used on my upcoming adventures on the Heaphy and OGR.

Cathy G.

OR Cathode

Cosy but light as feather. Brilliant

Paula C.

Cathode jacket

Bought this jacket for my husband, super warm, super lightweight, so comfortable! He loves it! He hasn't taken it off!


Best jacket ever

Disclaimer: I have not bought one of these jackets from GE (sorry), I have bought two prior to GE stocking them. I bought a second one because I love my Cathode so much I just wanted to have another in my goodies cupboard for insurance against the day I trash this one. It is superb for active wear because the jacket breathes so well and the magic is you never seem too warm, unless you are wearing it when it is too warm to be wearing it. It is not great if it is really cold and you aren't active but then you can throw a shell over the top to extend the comfort range. It is a very versatile jacket, I have worn it skiing with just couple of light merino layers underneath and was comfy even when the wind got up a little, just pull up the hood and you are comfy again (and the hood is great). I have worn it biking and it is a great breathable windproof solution. I mostly wear it mucking around doing the daily stuff, to and from work when it is cool, at kids sport - that can be awful in the winter. It is a light fabric that I should have torn on more occasions than the one time I have, it was quickly repaired with "tenacious tape", I think I even caught it on bush lawyer once and got away with it, possibly barbed wire too, I would not recommend that sort of abuse but it does illustrate the robust nature of my favourite rather well! The only negative I can see is that OR make it in black and that this is the only colour stocked here, what is the kiwi obsession with black? Do people really where black jackets cycling? Maybe a death wish. Fit is good, pockets are great with two hand warmers, one chest pocket and inside you can use the liner be hind each hand warmer as an interior pocket say to put the newspaper in to keep it dry. The length is just right, have I said I love this jacket?