Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket – First Lite Performance Hunting
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Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket

Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket

2 Layer Silent Softshell

$240.00 USD

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The Women's Catalyst Jacket brings dead silent, breathable soft shell protection to the First Lite Women's outerwear collection. As the female counterpart to the field-proven Men's Catalyst, we've engineered the jacket to fit female hunters while implementing the same exact functionality and performance.

The advanced 2-layer construction is designed to work with your body like a second skin. Engineered stretch moves with you to provide uninhibited movement. The unique reach-up arm design and Shooter's Sleeve provide complete range-of-motion without riding up or getting in the way of your rifle or bow. The Catalyst's 37.5 interior fleece enhances your body's natural processes to optimize body temperature and exhaust sweat to keep you comfortable, while the DWR-treated exterior provides silent, durable exterior works to shed moisture and cut wind.

The Women's Catalyst Jacket defies convention providing silent, lightweight packability that is both warm and breathable. Whether you're planning an all-day sit in the stand or a 10-mile hike into the backcountry, the Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket will help you go farther and stay longer.

The Catalyst is also available in a Women's Pant and will be available in sizes XS, SM, MD, LG and XL.

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Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket Details

Layering Position

  • Outerwear


  • True to Size: Purchase your normal size, this jacket is built to layer over one or two baselayers
  • 3D Turret™ hood construction for maximized field-of-view
  • Shooter's sleeve for optimized compatibility with rifle or bow
  • Drop-tail hem provides added coverage to prevent drafts when glassing
  • Waist draw cord to seal in warmth
  • Stays warm whether dry or wet

How It's Built

  • Material: 2-Layer SoftShell
  • Cut: Athletic
  • Primary Uses:
    • Spot & Stalk
    • Tree Stand
  • Weight: 17.3oz.

Where to Use

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 6 reviews
Product Size: S
Height: 5’4
Weight: 125
Fit Comments: Sleeves are a tad to snug
Location: Mountains of Northern California
Primary Use: Blacktail Deer
Little Too Small

I’m 125 pounds at 5’4. I typically don’t like to wear too many layers. I purchased a small with the intention of wearing just a long sleeve t shirt under this Womens Catalyst soft shell jacket. However, the sleeves are very snug making a long sleeve uncomfortable underneath. Snug as in skin tight just about. On the upside, the sleeves do not interfere when shooting archery or a rifle. I also found the shoulders to be quite narrow. As a petite female who very rarely orders medium in anything, I may have considered a medium in this jacket. But the quality is true to First Lite and unmatched in my opinion. Light weight, warm, yet breathable; I will probably be just fine wearing a t shirt under this jacket as opposed to a long sleeve this fall.

Product Size: L
Height: 5'6
Weight: 145
Fit Comments: purchased roomy for layers
Location: Idaho/Wyoming
Primary Use: Big Game hunting
Just what I was looking for

So going through the reviews I really worried about sizing, I decided to order a large, so I had room for layers if I need. It fit exactly how I wanted it to super stoked on it! As a side note I usually wear a medium in soft shells. I use this shell for hunting in varied weather in eastern idaho/western wyoming.

Product Size: S
Height: 5'6"
Weight: 130
Location: Idaho
Primary Use: Big game hunting
My big game go-to

The Catalyst jacket (and pants) have quickly become the first two items I grab when I know I'm in for a long day in the mountains with all the varied weather that Idaho throws at us during big game season. I use the jacket as my outer layer and have been really pleased with how well it keeps me comfortable in deep cold/wind/light rain while also not getting in the way. The shooter cuffs are SO nice - I typically don't like when cuffs are tight around my wrist but these are not uncomfortable in the slightest and make the jacket a true workhorse on even my longest days. The only complaint I could possibly think of is that the hood is just a bit big for my noggin and leaves space for wind to get into. Once I have another layer on underneath that also has a hood and I want to double up on hood warmth, I'm always glad that extra space is there. This jacket is a staple piece for us rocky mountain hunters.

Product Size: L
Height: 5’7”
Weight: 150
Fit Comments: Medium for athletic cut / large for extra layers was suggested by the FL rep
Location: PNW // deep timber
Primary Use: Spot and stalk / short sits
Soft and Silent

I bought the catalyst soft shell jacket and pant set for this year’s hunting season. My hope was that I would be able to regulate my body temperature to avoid a Raynaud's attack. For those of you that don’t know what Raynaud Syndrome is... it’s a condition that constricts small arteries in your body in response to cold. In turn, limiting blood supply to the affected area (fingers and toes). In short, I have to stay warm to keep blood flowing to my fingers and toes. I mostly spot and stalk hunt so this set up did get in 20+ degree weather (PNW) when paired with the Kiln top and bottom. Now, when temps moved up to the 30s, I had to dress down to just my kiln top. I did make an attempt to sit in the catalyst set however, after about an hour I needed to move again (now that can be because I wasn’t wearing the best boots either... lesson learned).
Just as mentioned above in the other review, the cuff is a bit snug but not uncomfortable at all. I typically wear a medium however after speaking to a First Lite rep I chose to go with a large (med base layer tho) with the intention of laying more than the average person. I love that the jacket and pants are super quite, even when brushing up on foliage and branches in the dense woods.
I give this set a thumbs up and can’t wait to get my puffy to pair with the catalyst set.

Product Size: M
Height: 5' 7"
Weight: 135
Fit Comments: Cuffs are TOO SMALL
Location: Colorado Summers
Primary Use: Daily Wear
Very Light

This Soft Shell Jacket, is just that... soft. The inside is fleece-ish. It is super thin and light. However, I was hunting in Crested Butte, the first day it was beautiful, 60 degree weather. I wore this with a tank and sports bra and was comfortable. As the sunset and temperatures dropped, this jacket was out of the question; it was too light. It didn't block out the wind either. The next morning I tried to use it as a layering jacket. I had insulated base layers and an UA fleece top. To have layers and wear this jacket, it was simply too tight. I bought a medium and always wear a medium but you cannot layer as the wrist/cuff material is too tight for layers. I really wanted to love this jacket, but it really serves me no use for the winter time. I will bring it back out during spring and warmer temperatures...