Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant – First Lite Performance Hunting
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Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant
Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant

Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant

2 Layer Silent Softshell


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From the treestand to the tundra, the Men's Catalyst Softshell Pant changes the paradigm of technical hunting softshell pants. Silent, breathable, insulating, and engineered to stretch and move with you, the revolutionary, 2-layer construction creates a pant that is warm and breathable while also being lightweight and completely silent.

Interior 37.5 fleece lining works to optimize your body temperature while the brushed, durable exterior is ultra-silent while fending off moisture through our advanced DWR.

The result is an ultra-versatile pant that performs as well in the stand as it does in the backcountry. Whether you are looking for silent warmth sitting for whitetails during the rut or hoofing it through knee-deep snow on the trail of late season elk, the Catalyst softshell system will help you get it done.

The Catalyst is also available in a Men's Jacket.

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Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Pant Details

Layering Position

  • Insulated Outerwear


  • True to size: Purchase your normal size to wear over or under other layers
  • Revolutionary, 2-layer softshell design
  • Ultra quiet construction
  • Exclusive 37.5 Active Particle Technology exhausts moisture and helps maintain optimal core body temperature
  • Articulated fit and built-in stretch for incredible range-of-motion
  • DWR exterior repels snow/rain and blocks wind
  • 3D double cargo pockets
  • Belt and suspender loops (suspenders included)

How It's Built

  • Material: 2-Layer SoftShell
  • Cut: Athletic
  • Primary Uses:
    • Spot & Stalk
    • Tree Stand
    • Waterfowl
    • Upland
    • Fishing
  • Weight: 20oz.

Where to Use

  • Regions:
    • Intermountain/Rockies
    • Midwest
    • Northeast
    • BC/Alaska
    • Southeast
  • Temperature Ranges:
    • Below 20F
    • 20F - 45F
    • 45F - 60F

Customer Reviews

Based on 74 reviews
Product Size: M
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 185
Location: Midwest, Rockies
Primary Use: Treestand for whitetails, spot and stalk for elk/muley
A little snug

I had to exchange these pants for a larger size. I was at the upper end of the size range for a Med, and thought these would work, but no room for a thicker base layer. I am hoping the Large won't be too long. Customer service was great!

Product Size: L
Height: 5'10
Weight: 200
Location: Eastern whitetail, Western
Primary Use: Tree-stand, spot and stalk
Great all around

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 warm, quiet, and holds up to some moisture, but will eventually soak through. My hunting partner had Obsidian pants, and these pants picked up significantly less stickers and needles when hiking through the woods. I haven't noticed any picks or wear on the pants after a few weeks of constant use. I got pretty muddy and washed them in a creek, let them dry and they looked brand new again.

Product Size: L
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190
Fit Comments: A bit baggy, which is good for layering underneath
Location: Northeast
Primary Use: Whitetail, Waterfowl, Hunting
Great fit, extremely comfortable, and very quiet

First impressions: They fit great, slightly baggy on me but I plan on taking them into the late season with some heavy base layers so a little room is preferred. Love the suspenders, keep pants exactly where you want them to be with no need for a belt. For how lightweight and thin these are, they are very warm. Just trying them on for 10 minutes in 70° and I was feeling toasty, so I'm looking forward to getting them out into some colder weather. These pants combined with the jacket, you literally don't make any sound, the fabric is perfect. I plan on using the Catalyst system as my main outerwear and utilizing base layers for extra warmth and so far I'm very impressed with these. Will post another review after the season.

Fit: 3
Product Size: XL
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 230lbs - 240lbs
Location: New York
Primary Use: Tree Stand
Fit Comments: great fit

Next to the obsidian pants these are the most comfortable pants I own. Silent and very water resistant. I am a big fan of the suspenders. the double cargo pockets are very well thought out. No unnecessary bulk.

Fit: 2
Product Size: L
Height: 5' 9"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Location: Virginia
Primary Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit Comments: Snug around the hips and thighs with minimal layers underneath.
I expected more

Can say I definitely expected better out these pants. First thing I noticed was they are a bit tight. I had only wick boxers, triad socks and Alleghany LJs and they were tight. I have both the Corrugates and Obsidians in Large and both have plenty of room. Next thing I noticed while sitting against a tree was they are not very wind proof. And winds were at most up to 10 mph. I think this is due to them being kind of tight around the knees and thighs which stretched out the fabric. Lastly, after a morning sitting in a slight rain the pants were wet from the knees down. Again I believe this is due to the tighter fit.Things I do like a lot about the pants. They are warm but also breathable. Never had an issue with overheating in these even on a 2 mile hike in. They are very comfortable pants and with some slight tweaking may be my favorite hunting pants to date.