Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
2 Layer Silent Softshell
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket Details
- Insulated Outerwear
- Revolutionary, 2-layer softshell design
- Ultra quiet construction
- Exclusive 37.5 Active Particle Technology exhausts moisture and helps maintain optimal core body temperature
- Built-in stretch for full range-of-motion
- DWR exterior repels snow/rain and blocks wind
- 3D Turret Hood
How It's Built
- Material: 2-Layer SoftShell
- Cut: Athletic
- Primary Uses:
- Spot & Stalk
- Tree Stand
- Weight: 19oz.
Where to Use
- Temperature Ranges:
- Below 20F
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
For those wondering, the Catalyst does great in the rain. It's obviously not a dedicated rain jacket, but had the chance to test it out in some extended rain on a recent backpacking trip and was impressed. Steady light rain for about 2 hours and I was dry the entire time!
Insulation is about what I expected in a softshell. Not a stand-alone system on a cold day, but with a Uncompahgre vest underneath, I would definitely wear it into the low 40s.
This jacket is perfect for any archery hunt. It's very quiet. The jacket has great storage just like every other peace of FL gear. One thing that does stand out is the fit of the jacket. The sleeves are smaller in diameter (which is perfect for archery) so take that into consideration when sizing. The mid section is bigger and allows for room in layering with a vest or t-shirts. I purchased the Merino-X Furnace Quarter Zip to wear under this and with that thick of a long sleeve underneath the sleeves of the jacket are a little more snug then I would like. So I'll most likely be using the AeroWool Wick Ultralight under it to start.. But overall a great addition to my arsenal and can't wait to get chasing elk with it in September!
Purchased this piece for a week-long mule deer hunt in ID, but have worn this whitetail hunting in the east as well. It's a snug fit in the arms, so guys with large biceps may have to size up, but I was still able to layer underneath with a Klamath and Kiln. One positive to FL gear, is the arms are actually long enough. I've got a 6ft+ wingspan and all the pieces work well for me.
It's warm, quiet, and holds up to some moisture, but will eventually soak through. Great all around piece.
Have yet to test it in the field but wanted to post my initial reaction.
The fit was overall great. I'm 6' and 190lbs, on the skinnier side and bought the Large. It's roomy enough to put some base layers underneath, which is perfect because I plan on wearing this through December into late Jan when temps get pretty low here. The material is QUIET, can't hear a damn thing when you are wearing this. I tried it on in my house for like 10 minutes, temp at 70° and I was sweating, so I have no doubt this is going to be a critical piece of gear when I start getting it outside. Surprisingly lightweight, and thinner than you would expect, but it's technical gear so that is to be expected. Excellent movement around arms. Draw your bow and the jacket doesn't move, it's perfect.
While the fit was overall great, it is a little roomier in the stomach area, but not a huge deal because it does have drawstring adjustments at the bottom, HOWEVER, careful which way you're pulling on these. My one side broke the little stopper behind the pocket and there's no way to get it back on. I tied a knot in it instead, not gonna worry about it, minor but still.
Overall, can't wait to put this thing to the test. Will maybe post a later review once the season is done.
I'm 5'11, 185, fit was great, snug around arms and moved well. Fabric is strong and flexible, well made. Functional pocket locations. Loose enough you can wear a thermal base layer underneath without being tight. Highly recommend. The jacket very comparable to other upper end hunting/outdoors softshell jackets.