2015's Best Buy Award winner - the new Outdoor Research Cathode Hooded Jacket won over the hearts of many of our testers. Its bright and baffled design not only looks great, it also moves with you due to its hybrid body mapping construction. Its updated breathable side panels (which extend the length of the jacket, from hip to armpit to wrist) stretch with and mold to the body. The face fabrics are resistant to wind and water, while the zippers are large and craftsmanship is tight. The two-toned look of the jacket catches the eye and had many of our testers asking to wear it.
The Women's Cathode Hooded Jacket received updates for the 2017 season. The main changes include a fabric upgrade for the side panels and a fully insulated hood. Scroll down to learn more about these updates.
As a trade-off for fantastic breathability, the Cathode is not as warm or as light as last year's Best Buy winner, The North Face ThermoBall Jacket - Women's, but it makes up for those faults in having better weather resistance and style. For only $199, the Cathode is a steal.
If you are looking for an even more breathable jacket, check out our Top Pick for Breathability, the Patagonia Nano Air Hoody - Women's.