New: The Whitetail Catalyst System
The Whitetail Catalyst System is a purpose-built, silent bib pant and jacket for serious whitetail hunters that demand high-end performance during early and mid-season conditions. Ultra-quiet, durable, breathable, and water-resistant, its two-layer softshell both insulates and breathes exceptionally well, making it a versatile option for a wide range of temperatures and conditions.Shop the JacketShop the Bib
Bought the Stormtight since I live in Alaska and weather is unpredictable. Have worn numerous times on hunting outings where rain occurred but was light, held up well and the side zippers allowed for great heat release. Brought my jacket and my matching pants on a halibut charter in Southcentral Alaska where it rained heavily the entire day. Between the salt spray and rain I remained completely dry. I now pack it on any outing regardless of the chance of rain, just in case. Trustworthy, dry, and durable. 10 out of 10 would buy again.
These pants are so great, I wish there were more colors to order! It’s amazing that First Lite not only makes women’s hunting apparel, but they’re actually built well and PERFORM well. They’re not making pants so you can look the part, you can be the part and actually hunt in comfort. I complement their fit because they’re not built like “mom jeans” to fulfill a fashion trend. I did need to drop down to a small because the medium had too much room in my crotch. I also can appreciate their length, at first they seemed slightly short but it keep the material well off the ground so your not making extra noise during a stalk!
Once again, First Lite has made a nearly perfect product. I have been drawn to button/snap down shirts the last few years for work, and now for hunting/fishing. This shirt will make you a believer. I can't believe how well it fits, how flexible it is and how comfortable it is. It's incredibly thin, but well built. I practiced drawing my bow while wearing it and there is zero resistance. All my hunting is in hot weather, and this shirt will be with me for all of it. I've been wearing First light now for 5 years and will continue wearing First Lite for several more.
Finally! I’ve been looking for some good looking pants that are lightweight and have good stretch and most importantly, with built in knee pads for a while now and these work great. My buddy had a pair on our spring bear hunt this year and the knee pads worked awesome when processing our harvest and I thought they would be excellent work pants for me. I’m outside all year round and spend a lot of time kneeling on the cold ground and after a while it takes it’s toll on the knees and so far these have worked perfectly.
First off there is no comparison when it comes to First Lite's Merino base layers and nothing better especially in hot weather conditions. I have several other merino base layers from several other high end hunting companies and the only reason I still have them is I am too lazy to try to sell them on eBay. First lite is by far the most comfortable and the Wick hoody in particular is by far the best base layer for hot weather conditions. Other lightweight merino hoodies (besides being not as comfortable) have tight fitting hoods which makes no sense in hot weather conditions. First lite's Wick hoody has a generous hood to provide that sun protection without smothering you. I use this hoody for everything: fishing, surf checks, taking the kids to the playground. It is the perfect travel shirt.. I even wear to dinner although I should probably buy a solid color for that.
I also tried out the new Spectre camo... i know it was designed for whitetails but I actually think it is there most versatile pattern. We don't have white tails in Hawaii but most of the time when you are stalking any sort of ungulate (or anything really) you want to come in from above which means that the any camo designed for the tree stand would work equally well in open country stalks. The color palate also strikes the perfect balance for moving through space but green vegetation and through open areas with rock end red dirt. Took this out goat hunting on the cliffs above Waimea valley and was able to get within 10 feet of a bedded nanny. She looked around and looked right past me even though there was not much coverage around me. Could not be happier.
I've heard these things talked up by a bunch of friends, and they set the bar high enough that I was prepared to be let down - after all, they're pants. How great can they really be.
That's the way I was thinking, anyway, until I spent half the night processing a bear by myself on a landscape choked with sticks and thorns. The importance of the kneepads in these pants in a situation like that cannot be overstated. As has been said elsewhere, you forget they're there until you need them. But when you do, man oh man. I'd figured the kneepads would maybe be helpful in antelope hunting or some select stalking situations and that's it, but I was wrong. Processing, stalking, glassing, or just rummaging around in the truck bed, these things are the best. The vents are also a huge help, and while they do fit a bit snug (if I could change one thing it would be to go back to the more elastic waist band of the old corrugate pants), they're built in a way that allows for full range of motion even if that's the case.
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