Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket
2 Layer Silent Softshell
Women's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket Details
- 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
- Temperature Ranges:
- 20F - 45F
- 45F - 60F
- Below 20F (Active)
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...