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 76 reviews
Product Size: S
Height: 5'9"
Weight: 155
Fit Comments: I wear size small in nearly all FL clothes and size small for these worked well too.
love 'em. 4.5 stars.

I've had these for a fall and spring season. Wore them on a CO first season rifle elk hunt last year. Temps were cold (down to about 15F at night) and we had up to 10 inches of snow. I paired the Catalyst pants with a mid-weight base layer and my legs never got cold. Really can't say enough about how comfortable they are. For hiking and sleeping! We hiked through falling snow for hours and I had to take my shot laying down in snow and no water made its way through the pants. I wouldn't rely on them to be waterproof in rain, but in those snowy situations they were perfect. I also wore them during turkey season this past spring in New England. Again, very comfortable and versatile during the early season when temps were chilly. My only complaint has to do with the suspenders. The front clips sit right at my hip bones where my pack sits, which becomes painful in a hurry. If I have to hike for any substantial distance with a pack in these pants, I ditch the suspenders, add a belt, and I'm all good.

Product Size: XL
Height: 6'6"
Weight: 240
Fit Comments: Perfect length in the 34-36 range. Could hem in if needed or let out for an extra inch if needed.
Location: NY, PA
Primary Use: Whitetail, stalk and treestand
Good fit, super comfortable

I have only tried these on at home and have not worn in the field so this review is primarily based on fit. I was concerned with the sizing here because I wear XLT in the corrugates. My waist is about a 36/38 and inseam is a 34-36 depending on the cut and style of the pants. The XL ended up fitting perfectly. Plenty of length and the waist line was just right, without the need of a belt or suspenders (but it's nice to have the option for both).

There is a lot of room in the seat and thighs and then tapers towards the foot, which I love. There is plenty of room to layer underneath but you don't have to walk around the woods feeling like the marshmallow man.

The crotch is made out of what appears to be the corrugate material, so super stretchy allowing you to crouch down without any stress on the seams.

I layered puffy pants both underneath and on top. It was a perfect fit for both. Would definitely need to tuck the puffys into your socks when layering under just because the bottom of the legs does taper so much and makes them ride up a little.

These definitely feel toasty and should fit the bill for 90% of what I do which is usually mid November through mid December in the Northeast. I might consider hanging onto the corrugates for early season, but these would probably still work with no base layer depending on how hot it gets.

Not sure what to expect from durability. I ran the catalyst jacket last year with no issues or damage busting brush. I can't picture these holding up the way the corrugates do, but they definitely feel like the construction is solid with good seams.

Looking forward to trying them this fall!

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.