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Men's Catalyst Softshell Jacket
2 Layer Silent Softshell

From the treestand to the tundra, the Men's Catalyst Softshell Jacket changes the paradigm of technical hunting softshell jackets. Silent, breathable, insulating, and engineered to stretch and move with you, the Catalyst changes what is possible in a softshell jacket. The revolutionary, 2-layer construction creates a jacket 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 jacket 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 Pant.

$230.00
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Product Details

Layering Position

  • - Insulated Outerwear
    • Features

      • - 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
        Cut Athletic
        System Position Insulated Outerwear
        Material 2L 37.5 Softshell
        Actual Product Weight Size MD 19 oz.
        Primary Usage Spot & Stalk, Tree Stand, Waterfowl, Upland, Fishing

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Reviews

4.9
of 5
73 Reviews
Fit
Runs Small
Perfect
Runs Large
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Quiet, light, warm 9/14/2018

This jacket is by far quieter than any soft shell jacket I own from the competitors. I love the lightweight application, while still providing great warmth when used with the FL baselayers. I used this for long horseback rides with temps ranging from high 30's to mid 40's. Also, I used it for sits longer than 30 minutes when the temps were in the 40's to low 50's. My only suggestion is to please add pit zip vents, and this would be a perfect 5 stars. Lastly, the FL Fusion camo pattern is perfect for both my whitetail woods and western mountain hunts!


How it fits
A little more loose than I'd like to see it in the stomach area.

Nickname: Aaron Towns
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Idaho
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Super comfortable and ultra quiet 9/8/2018

While I cannot yet speak to the in-field use of the jacket, I have to say that this jacket is the most comfortable jacket I have ever worn for just casual use prior to hunting season. The jacket is very warm for being such a thin jacket. I have shot my bow with this jacket on several times and can attest to the "shooters cut" and the ease of motion.


How it fits
I am 6'0" and 188 pounds. Jacket fits perfect.

Nickname: Joel
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Minnesota
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Incredibly well thought out 9/4/2018

When you add a well thought out design with quality materials and workmanship the sum total can add up to an awesome product. The Catalyst Jacket exemplifies such a product. I haven't used this yet as the PA season is just around the corner, but its clear this jacket will be with on many occasions. In fact, I believe this jacket will work straight through to late muzzleloader season. I am not a fan of hoods on a jacket, However, I know on one rainy day I'll be happy to have it. It would be awesome if the hood was detachable. And I do mean detachable and not rolled up in to the collar. Either way, I am still going to wear this jacket a lot. Thanks guys.


How it fits
Fits well. As with most of your products I am always right between two sizes, mostly because of a big belly. So its either a little loose or a little snug. But neither in a bad way.

Nickname: Timothy
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 220lbs - 230lbs
Size: L
Location: Pennsylvania
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Super quiet 9/1/2018

I received the Catalyst Softshell Jacket (Fusion) just in time for a bear hunt in Matachewan, Ontario this year. I wore this jacket over the Chama mid-weight merino base layer and was very comfortable sitting still in the low 50's. It also rained on me 3 of 7 days and this jacket was basically waterproof - it never downright poured, but I sat through a light steady drizzle for 4+ hours on multiple occasions. The most notable feature is that the jacket is super quiet. It's very comfortable to wear over a t-shirt as well. Very impressive quality and performance.

Nickname: Jason
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Tennessee
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
A knock out! 8/31/2018

I recently got this jacket and love it! Having a lot of experience in mountaineering gear, I am very picky with my softshell jackets. This jacket has it all; just enough insulation for chilly mornings but not too much to exclude it from early archery kits, great wind protection, a great DWR to bead light rain, a solid hood, and a great feel and quiet exterior. I can't wait to get the pants now! I do have to add, I would have appreciated pit zips, but the jacket breaths well enough that I can keep it on and not wet it out.


How it fits
Just right

Nickname: Derek
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: XL
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great all around jacket 8/30/2018

I'm extremely excited to run this jacket this fall. While it is advertised mostly as a stand jacket, it definitely has a place for any type of hunting or outdoor activity. It's quiet, maneuverable, breathable, and is the perfect weight for any fall hunt. I never really liked softshells until this jacket. First Lite hit a home run with the catalyst system in my opinion.

Nickname: Clayton
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great addition 8/30/2018

Just added this jacket to my Firstlite kit and I love it. It is incredibly comfortable and quiet, yet durable. Will be giving it a test in the CO wilderness chasing elk this season. Most of the time it will be used hunting whitetail in Missouri.

Nickname: Ryan
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: M
Location: Missouri
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Go to!!! 8/30/2018

Got this for turkey and early deer season,this will be my go to jacket for ever,it fits snug but but you could do anything in this,work,draw back on big boy with ease,a person could workout in this thing,idk but I think I may use it has a layering piece.


How it fits
Fits snug not to loose not to tight,the xl just a bit longer than I like I’m 5’11 205 with gut

Nickname: Mark
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: XL
Location: Tennessee
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Very comfortable! 8/30/2018

First thoughts when trying the jacket on for the first time- the outer face fabric is great...quietest soft shell I've ever had! Also very comfortable jacket! Great collar design, and like other FL jackets, I love the wrist cuff design.

Things Id like to see different- when I first put my hands in the pockets it had a "cheap" feeling to me. The net, or mesh like material in the pockets doesnt feel good. This may have been used due to being very light and breathable material but maybe if it was a softer, slightly thicker material it would be better...just my opinion.

Nickname: David
Height: 6'4" - 6'6"
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: XL
Location: Oklahoma
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
This Thing Rocks! 8/30/2018

I bought this jacket this year (obviously) and didn't think I'd be able to use it until early to mid fall. We were lucky enough to have a decent cold front come through over the last week and I was able to get out during the peak of it to chase some speed goats. When I left the truck, the thermometer read 45 degrees. Since I was bowhunting, I was concerned about the noise it might make. However, those fears were pretty quickly forgotten as it was incredibly silent. It also has the perfect amount of insulation built into the jacket for that type of temperature. While I know it isn't a rain shell, it still performed quite well with the little bit of drizzle that was falling during that hunt. We're back up into the 80's, now, so I don't think I'll get to put it on for a few more weeks. I'm definitely looking forward to getting it back out into the field, though, because that'll mean the season is in full-swing.

Nickname: Boomer
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Montana
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Jacket 8/30/2018

Great jacket. It cuts the wind well and I love how it zips all the way up, giving the hood a snug fit that keeps the wind and weather out. It is a well designed jacket but pit zips would be a useful addition.


How it fits
offering it in women's sizes would be preferable. #girlshunttoo

Nickname: cinnomonbearhunter
Height: 5'2" - 5'4"
Weight: 90lbs - 100lbs
Size: M
Location: Washington
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
"Wow." -Owen Wilson 8/30/2018

Where to start? This jacket was very well thought out. Elastic waist drawstrings in the pockets to keep them out of the way and allow you to seal out drafts without exposing your hands. Fitted elastic cuffs to seal out drafts. Balaclava-like turret hood with an elastic drawstring to fit the hood to your head. Incredibly lightweight. I wouldn't want to stand in the shower or ride out a downpour in it, but I held my arm under my kitchen sink on full blast and the water flew off like they were magnetic polar opposites. Very good range of motion, but the sleeves are free of any unnecessary material. If you're a softshell guy, this is your jacket.


How it fits
Exactly what I was looking for. Not baggy as a standalone, but enough room for a base and possible two mid layers underneath.

Nickname: Travis
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: L
Location: Texas
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
This is the softshell you've been looking for 8/30/2018

I have not been able to use in the field yet as it just came out, but I have been using it on morning hikes or range sessions. I'd say temps are still a bit warm for the need of a softshell, but the jacket seems to breathe better than other softshells I've used in the past, especially without pit-zips. The face does seem considerably quieter than other jackets and looking forward to this being my outer layer for November, hopefully not December, white tail hunts. However, if I have to go into December, because of how I've built my kit, it'll work great in my system.


How it fits
Fit well, if not a little snug do to slightly athletic cut. I tried XL version as well but felt I was swimming in it. Snug fit is more in arms than body.

Nickname: Corey
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Minnesota
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Rain or Shine 8/30/2018

I was recently on a 12-day photography trip in Alaska where the weather was unpredictable to say the least! We had everything from 30 degree clear mornings, or pouring rain, a light drizzle, and even snow. The Catalyst Softshell was the perfect outer layer to keep me warm, and more importantly dry because we all know the animals will be out there rain or shine, therefore I needed to be ready for any conditions. This piece of gear is a must!


How it fits
Just right!

Nickname: RestlessSoul
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: L
Location: Montana
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Jacket can’t wait to use it 8/30/2018

This is my first experience with a jacket from First Lite and it fits very well. It is a well made jacket that looks like it will hold up well to the elements. The only thing I wasn’t real impressed with were the mess pocket liners. These seem to be cheap option for such a well made jacket.

Nickname: John
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 150lbs - 160lbs
Size: M
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome coat 8/30/2018

I only recently purchased this jacket but the fit is fairly close to what I expected. I bought it as an outer layer and fits great over my insulating layers. Slightly large when worn on its own but I suppose that’s to be expected. I like how quiet it seems to be. Elk season starts in a few days so It’ll be tested soon!


How it fits
I am 6’ 185lb and I ordered a large. Fits good over a down jacket. Medium might be tight over the down layer.

Nickname: M
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: British Columbia
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Job FL 8/29/2018

I cannot wait to put this jacket through the paces this fall. While it's mostly advertised as a jacket for stand hunting, I'm excited to take it into the mountains this year. Its extremely quiet, breathes better than expected for a softshell, and the maneuverability is great. To me its the perfect weight for an all around jacket not too bulky and not too thin.

Nickname: Clayton
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Quiet, breathable, & Water Resistant 8/29/2018

The Catalyst system is impressively breathable and water resistant. For Softshell jackets, the fabric is more quiet than a mouse fart.

Nickname: Patton
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 150lbs - 160lbs
Size: M
Location: Texas
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome Softshell 8/29/2018

This Jacket is exactly what I wanted in a softshell Jacket. Well done First Lite

Nickname: Jared
Size: XL
Location: Wyoming
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Nice mid season jacket 8/29/2018

The jacket seems like it is going to be right at home in the mid season whitetail stand. Very light weight and very quiet.


How it fits
I ordered a large and the fit is spot on but if you are going to layer very many things under this jacket go a size up.

Nickname: Kevin
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
The missing piece of the puzzle! 8/29/2018

This is the perfect mid weight outer layer. Will work as well in the treestand as it will spot and stalk on the ground. Quietest offering yet, but still cuts wind really well. This is rapidly becoming one of my main go to pieces of gear.


How it fits
2XL fits perfect on my big frame!

Nickname: Wade
Height: 6'4" - 6'6"
Weight: 260lbs - 270lbs
Size: XXL
Location: South Dakota
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great early to mid-season jacket. 8/29/2018

Great temperature regulation and super quiet. Everything I wanted for Minnesots bowhunting.


How it fits
Not too tight. Allows for layering.

Nickname: Chris
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: L
Location: Minnesota
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great! 8/29/2018

Great fit. So quiet. Great movement with a bow. Highly recommend.

Nickname: Darryn
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 230lbs - 240lbs
Size: XL
Location: Ontario
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Wouldn’t want anything else 8/29/2018

I recently tried my soft shell out for the first time, it is the nicest coat I have ever worn. Quiet, lite, comfortable and the fit is amazing. I will not buy another brand. I love my soft shell

Nickname: Nathan
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 250lbs - 260lbs
Size: XXL
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
New “go to” jacket 8/29/2018

Short version: get this jacket and the catalyst pants! Just the right insulation for an early season hunt and they will be great in the mid to late season over a base layer and under a shell for harsher cold spells.
Long version: Took these out on an Elk scout in the Canadian Rocky Mountains last week getting ready for opening day of Bow Season. First impressions it fits really well. I’d call it an “athletic fit”. I’m 5’11” 190lbs (a bit stocky). I don’t have huge shoulders (measure 45” around shoulders and 42” around chest and wore the Large). Hiked two long ridges and kept moving all day. Had the Kiln hoody underneath and really only had to wear this jacket when I stopped for longer glassing sessions. I don’t feel restricted when wearing it over a hoody and a t-shirt under that. Did a little target shooting with all the layers and a bino harness and Day pack on - still felt very mobile. Had a bit of cool alpine wind in our face while on a bare ridge and the jacket cut the wind great. Didn’t face a whole lot of rain in it yet, but a light drizzle wicked right off it.


How it fits
I wore the Large. I’m 5’11” 190 lbs. shoulders are 45” around and chest is 42” around. Fit was perfect for two snug fitting base layers underneath.

Nickname: Rob
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: British Columbia
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect fall jacket 8/29/2018

The temp so far has been 40 degrees in the morning high country elk hunts. This jacket has been perfect over my 150 base layer. Quiet, fits perfectly and packs down in my day pack easily. Oh, and the pattern has hidden me from sight. My hunting partner has tagged out. Just need an opportunity myself to complete the season comfortably in my firstlite gear.

Nickname: Mountain Mike
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: L
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Skeptical of warmth, but very nice, very quiet softshell jacket 8/29/2018

The catalyst set is much thinner than I anticipated. The fleece liner is a very lightweight fleece without much loft. I am skeptical that they will perform well below 50F without a puffy layer or multiple baselayers. That being said I sized up the jacket and it fits like a dream. I have a comprable softshell from a mountaineering company and love the turret hood with the drawstring around the top of the skull. Allows you to cinch down the hoody and has a built in visor for when the weather turns uglier. Sleeve length is perfect and I can comfortably layer a fuse top, furnace top, and uncompahgre vest underneath without any binding or restriction in movement. I am also glad they went with a stretchy material around the wrists versus adjustable cuffs made of velcro or some other snap. I think this will be a good early-to-mid season jacket, but will have to add extra layers or transition to insulated outwear once it gets below 50F.


How it fits
The fit is true to size, so size up if you plan on layering underneath. I am XL in plainclothes and ordered the 2XL and it allows me to comfortably fit many layers underneath.

Nickname: d_rek
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 230lbs - 240lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Michigan
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Best Fitting Coat I've Ever Worn 8/29/2018

This coat has a superb fit and is ultra comfortable. I use mine for midwest whitetail hunts and is very warm while still light weight. Tougher than the puffys and much quieter. This will be my go to coat all fall.

Nickname: Curtis
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Wisconsin
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Tight to body sleeves for your bow 8/29/2018

I’ve been searching for an outer layer that was both longbow and compound friendly. Most other brands have a lot of extra material in the forearm area, and I found myself having to use an arm guard to tuck it out of the way. With this jacket, there is none of that but it leaves room if you wanted to pair it with a puffy vest. The material is very quiet and judging by my unscientific test of sticking my arm out the window of my truck going 60mph, it should buck the wind fairly well too.

Nickname: Glen
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: M
Location: Missouri
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Size up for Layering 8/29/2018

I love this jacket! Cuts the wind just enough while remaining breathable. There is no movement restriction in the shoulders which is amazing for a soft shell, and it just feels great to wear. I was a little disappointed that the forearms are as tight as they are. Layering even my Sawtooth is almost to tight for comfort in the forearm area. If you plan to wear any under layers I would size up for sure. I wish I would have.


How it fits
Just a little to articulate in the forearms. I had asked a rep about that specifically because I was a little concerned that this was cut too tight like the KUIU Guide DCS. He assured me that a light down sweater underneath would be fine and to stick with my regular size of a medium. Unfortunately not so.

Nickname: Zac
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: M
Location: Idaho
Use: Fishing
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Jacket 8/29/2018

Jacket preformed great for caribou season in white mountains. Warm and quiet at 43 degrees with mid wt base. Did well under Seak lite rain shell for an all day soaker as well.


How it fits
Fit well for 6’5” 200lb with athletic build.

Nickname: AKhunter
Height: 6'4" - 6'6"
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: XL
Location: Alaska
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome Jacket! 8/29/2018

I’m very impressed with this jacket. It fits perfectly and the quality is second to none! I highly recommend purchasing this jacket it’s awesome!

Nickname: KKelling
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 220lbs - 230lbs
Size: XL
Location: Maryland
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Comfortable, a little big 8/29/2018

I ordered a medium and large. The large was good in the shoulders but really baggy in the mid section. length was good. The medium was too tight in the shoulders but good in the mid section and too short. Neither fits perfect but I sent the medium back and am sticking with the Large. I wish it fit better, but i'll keep it for now. It is very comfortable and stretchy. Maybe better for rifle than bow because of the fit. Also, the collar at the neck does not fold down easily and may get in the way. Time will tell. I like it.


How it fits
See above

Nickname: Jason
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Oregon
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Excellent jacket for inclement weather 8/29/2018

Great combination of fleece to this jacket. No more worries about getting wet and cold during my northern Idaho fall hunts in the rain and snow.

Nickname: Don
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 220lbs - 230lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Idaho
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Product 8/29/2018

Great look and functionality. Solid product

Nickname: Brett
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: L
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Product 8/29/2018

Was back in forth with this product and the Woodbury. Decided to go with this for layering purposes. Have not got to try this product out yet. Waiting for the upcoming archery season and gun season here in Ohio and Pennsylvania.


How it fits
Had to order this product twice. Great customer service as always, exchanged product with no issues and quick return/delivery. I am 5'10, 235 with broad shoulders and my first order was the XL. Great jacket right out of the bag was little skeptical on the fit. Decided to exchange for the XXL and glad I did!!!! The XXL will give me some room for layering....

Nickname: matt
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 230lbs - 240lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Ohio
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Jacket 8/29/2018

I previously reviewed this item. My review has this jacket as four stars. It’s definitley a five star jacket. Must have thumbed the button on my phone on the first review.


How it fits
Excellent fit and finish!

Nickname: Justin
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Virginia
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
My Camo Outerlayer 8/29/2018

The purpose of the piece is to be my one and done camo outer layer for when I'm hunting things other than upland birds. I got a size large so that I can layer other clothing under it when it gets cold duck hunting or turkey hunting early in the year. I like how quiet the jacket is and the fit on the arms is quite nice - but there is a decent amount of room in the jacket for a beer gut. I am an athletic guy and this disappoints me a bit but the functionality of the piece isn't compromised.

Nickname: Custis
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: L
Location: Virginia
Use: Waterfowl
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Solid Jacket 8/29/2018

I’ve only owned one other soft shell, an old Ibex. The Catalyst is much quieter than the Ibex. The stretch is really nice. The hood articulates well when I turn my head, but it zips a little high for my taste. Pockets are placed well - I like the depth of the hand pockets because even if you leave them unzipped it’s difficult for items to fall out. Haven’t tried it out in the rain yet but will soon here in the PNW. It kept me comfortable on my 4-day backpacking trip in central Idaho last month.


How it fits
I’m 5’8” and thin. The arm length is spot on, it’s a little tight around the hands when taking it off. The torso area is slightly roomier than I like on its own but when I layer other insulation underneath it all functions really well.

Nickname: Nate
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 140lbs - 150lbs
Size: S
Location: Washington
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Fusion 8/29/2018

I love this jacket so much I just ordered another on in the Cipher color!

Nickname: Jeff
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: L
Location: Michigan
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Outstanding Product 8/29/2018

Purchased this jacket for the upcoming season. It was delivered as expected and after opening the box I was pleasantly impressed. The jacket fits well with the cut being bow perfect. Good stretch in the arm and shoulders allowing for easy draws on my bow. With no noticeable sound during the process I will be able to find success in the woods this season. Can’t wait to get into the woods to put it to the final test.

Nickname: Joshums01
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 250lbs - 260lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Pennsylvania
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great cool season jacket 8/29/2018

This jacket fits great and you can tell the quality as soon as you put it on. I am looking forward to wearing this when the weather gets cold in the stand and also duck hunting in the swamp. This is a great piece to layer underneath to make it more versatile.

Nickname: Sycamore
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: L
Location: South Carolina
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect light jacket 8/29/2018

This jacket is an excellent light to mid weight type jacket for the earlier parts of deer season. In early November in Virginia, it can start off pretty cold but get on up to the 50s and 60s during the day, and this jacket will match those temperatures very well. It's fit is great as well as its right over athletic: fairly close but enough to allow a light sweater underneath with good range of motion. I'm super excited for those temps to drop so I can get this thing in the field.


How it fits
Slightly looser than athletic

Nickname: Andrew
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: M
Location: Virginia
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect early to mid season jacket! 8/29/2018

The fit is perfect! I tried jacket on an just standing still, could feel it warm me up. This jacket will be my go to piece!


How it fits
Fit was great, I'm 6'7" and had plenty of length in sleeves and torso.

Nickname: Eric
Height: 6'6" - 6'8"
Weight: 240lbs - 250lbs
Size: XL
Location: Missouri
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Tough and silent 8/29/2018

This jacket seems to be very durable, yet also very flexible and quiet. Anxious to see how it does in colder weather!


How it fits
Plenty length in the sleeves for a big and tall guy without being to baggy everywhere else.

Nickname: Elfers2870
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 240lbs - 250lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Wisconsin
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Solid Jacket 8/28/2018

Looking forward to wearing this jacket all season. The jacket is very silent, comfortable, and warm. The jacket is put together very well.


How it fits
Slightly baggy wearing it by itself, but works well with layers underneath.

Nickname: MT Hunter
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: L
Location: Montana
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great jacket 8/28/2018

Great jacket! Fits perfect and material is so quiet compared to the competitor jacket I’m replacing. Can’t wait to test it in the field.


How it fits
Sizing is perfect. Order your common size.

Nickname: Dan
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Ontario
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Best Mid Weight Hunting Jacket! 8/28/2018

I’m loving the fit of this jacket, athletic form fitt but has a lot of movement. Also has a nice soft yet durable exterior, quiet too. Perfect addition to my collection.

Nickname: Joe
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Pennsylvania
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Very nice jacket 8/28/2018

So far this jacket performs great. Warm enough for cool days and layer it up for cold days

Nickname: Joe
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Missouri
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Versatile and silent 8/13/2018

I have had a few softshell jackets and this one makes the least noise and of the bunch, bunches up the least. The sleeves taper well and don’t get in the way of the bow string. The hood fits just right and does not bug my face when it’s closed up. Some jacket hoods poke inwards at the top of the zipper near your mouth and they feel like theyre trying to find their way into your digestive tract but not this one. Nice and comfy. The fusion pattern looks great in it. Can’t wait to put it to hard use.


How it fits
It fits me perfect. Not boxy, great sleeves. Perfect length. Not too long, not too short. Another one nailed!

Nickname: Adam d
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: L
Location: British Columbia
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome fit and quality. 8/1/2018

Awesome jacket. Fit is great and it designed so well. Love the pockets. Great early to mid season jacket for Indiana. Only complaint is I wished it had a slit in the back for a harness but not a big deal at all.


How it fits
I’m athletic\muscular build and fit is perfect even in the shoulders and arms.

Nickname: Travis
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Indiana
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
WOW 7/29/2018

This jacket is super quiet! I can't get over how silent it is, and how warm it is. It has a nice little stretch to it for drawing back a bow. The pockets are awesome and the zippers are even silent. This is going to be my go to outer layer for whitetail hunts from late September through December. I got a small in the jacket which will allow me to have the fuse crew and a chama or kiln on underneath. I didn't want it to be too baggy or long in the sleeves, and I couldn't be happier with the fit.

Nickname: Derek
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 170lbs - 180lbs
Size: S
Location: New Jersey
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome jacket 7/28/2018

I haven't used this for hunting yet since I just got it but I'm very happy with the quality. Overall feel it has good quality and the zipper feels sturdy.


How it fits
The fit seems perfect, other brands I have usually run small on me but this was good

Nickname: Kyle82
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: XL
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
The best 7/28/2018

This jacket is awesome, super lightweight and comfy for a soft shell. Love the way this jacket is laid out as far as fit to body and pocket placement, It’s a must have for the firstlite collection.

Nickname: Ryan
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 140lbs - 150lbs
Size: M
Location: Colorado
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome awesome awesome 7/28/2018

Tried out my catalyst soft shell the other day and completely loved it. Quiet, light, and the perfect fit. I couldn’t be happier with this coat.

Nickname: Natebubbs
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 250lbs - 260lbs
Size: XL
Location: Montana
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Sweet!! 7/28/2018

Awesome jacket and so comfortable and quiet.


How it fits
Fits perfectly and is true to size.

Nickname: Jeff
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 200lbs - 210lbs
Size: L
Location: Michigan
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
My best friend 7/28/2018

This jacket is phenomenal! When combined with the catalyst pants you have a dead ringer. The warmth this jacket provides helps ease the burden of packing extra gear. You can navigate the woods quietly and access your pockets without fear of making too much noise. This jacket will definitely help you go further and stay longer.


How it fits
Im fairly barrel chested so i ordered an XL. The jacket fits perfectly and i enjoy the back bottom seam. The cut allows you to navigate the thick stuff with out worrying about what's going down your six.

Nickname: RawPrimal
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 220lbs - 230lbs
Size: XL
Location: California
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Perfect nasty cold weather jacket 7/28/2018

This jacket is incredible. It has great stretch and is light but durable and warm. I ordered a large and the fit is perfect for my build, however if I was wanting to put multiple layers or bulky insulation underneath I would need an XL. I am looking forward to wearing this in the deer stand when the weather cools off and also in the early duck season in the swamp.

Nickname: Sycamore
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: L
Location: Georgia
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Catalyst Top and Bottoms 7/27/2018

Received the Catalyst Top and Bottoms in the mail a few weeks ago. Fit and finish is excellent. The whole setup makes perfect sense. Like they say, it is deadly silent. It keeps you warm but breathes exceptionally well. Have worn it in the field scouting thus far. Extremely versatile piece of kit. Highly recommended.

Nickname: Justin
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Virginia
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Is it fall yet......... 7/26/2018

Can't wait for fall to get here so I can put this to use. All the features of this jacket will fall in perfectly for white tail tree stand hunting. Quiet, comfortable hood that is out of the way when not needed, the right amount of and properly located pockets, drop cut back, man this thing is well laid out.


How it fits
Here is where First Lite really shines for me. I have never had outdoor clothing that fit properly. Standing 6'6" with an athletic build everything I have ever owned has been too short or too tight. I was hesitant at first ordering my first piece of gear from them. But the sizing (2xl) was right on. Sleeves are long enough, pants touch the floor, and there is enough room to layer if needed. First Lite you have a customer for life!!

Nickname: Mulder
Height: 6'4" - 6'6"
Weight: 250lbs - 260lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Michigan
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Ooohhh, Yes! 7/20/2018

I received my FL Catalyst Softshell Jacket today and cannot wait for cold weather. I have several FL hunting clothing items. I have been wearing their products for a few years now. That being said, I also have some of their competitor's hunt clothing as well. I figure I know a little bit about hunting in the cold and inclement weather, durability and most of all keeping me warm and dry. This jacket is a hit for sure (with me anyways). The jacket has soft fabric (not stiff or fabric with a hard hand feel). This jacket will definitely allow me to comfortably wear one or two layers of undergarments, depending on the base layer fabric weight. I really like the three point hood adjustments. The hood moves with your head, not like some that your head moves within the hood. I like the button mechanism sewn into the jacket that allows for the hood cord to relax which makes it easy to pull the hood back. The jacket has a drop down back to adequately cover your backside and a cinch cord for adjusting the bottom waist hem. Another feature I like, it does not have a wrist adjustment strap and that aggravating velcro that always seems to stick or attach itself to other clothing, namely merino wool or polyester. Matter of fact, this jacket does not have any velcro. The wrist cuffs have this unique inner half wrist elastic that fits snugly and comfortable around your wrist. I purchased the Conifer color which allows me to hunt, but also doubles for other outdoor or casual activities (even wear to work, etc). Seriously, there is nothing about this jacket I do not like. Compared to the competition, it is priced right and I will have to give this jacket a tick or two higher in points than KU or Si (if you know who I mean).


How it fits
For size comparison, FL hit the mark with sizing and fit (with me anyways). I am 6',4", 225-230#, 40" waist and wear a 37" (+) sleeve length. Size XXL fits me perfectly.

Nickname: ApacheBlue
Height: 6'4" - 6'6"
Weight: 220lbs - 230lbs
Size: XXL
Location: Colorado
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Catalyst jacket/pants 7/17/2018

After years of using a competitor’s line of hunting clothes, I made the switch to team firstlite. I could not be more happy so far. The material quality, workmanship and pattern technology are top notch. Because this, I will continue to add more firstlite products to my arsenal.


How it fits
Probably the most impressive part of the product to me, in addition to the fabric, was the fit and cut of the garments. I felt unencumbered by a restrictive fit or by extra /unneeded material. As an archery hunter, This is my biggest concern when choosing hunting clothing. Bravo firstlite!

Nickname: Nwoverlander
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 190lbs - 200lbs
Size: L
Location: Washington
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Quiet, great fit 7/17/2018

This jacket is awesome! Really comfortable, and really quiet. I'll be getting the pants when I can. Bummed I didn't have this for Turkey season but glad I have it now!


How it fits
This fit has been the best so far of my FL gear.

Nickname: Brad
Height: 5'8" - 5'10"
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: M
Location: Utah
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
All Positive 7/17/2018

I haven't had a chance to try it out in the field yet but my expectations are high. This is a high quality piece and every aspect seemed to be considered in design. It's light and fits well. I think it will be very durable and super quiet.


How it fits
Lots of room in the upper arms and shoulders. It's longer than I expected. Both are positives for me.

Nickname: Steven
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 240lbs - 250lbs
Size: XL
Location: Alberta
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
she breathes 7/16/2018

I am not a soft-shell fan. They do not typically have the temperature range to justify bringing on the mountain. Meaning you end up packing the jacket more than wearing it. The Catalyst is the only soft shell i've been able to wear for the majority of the day the breathability far surpasses anything I've worn.

Nickname: Ryan Callaghan
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: M
Location: Montana
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
An upgrade 7/11/2018

DISCLAIMER: I work for FL

That said, I would be the first to tell you our previous softshell was less than perfect. It was stiff and the fabric made a bit of noise when rubbed together. The Catalyst fits well and is damn near silent. I used the proto whitetail hunting in the mid to late Season (30 - 50 F) where I grew up in Maryland and it did great. Given this piece is also more breathable than its predecessor, I think I may also use it on late season elk and deer day hunts here in Idaho.


How it fits
Runs a bit large. I am a medium in the majority of FL gear but a large in this jacket. In other words, I would size up if on a seam between sizes. For reference, I also wear a large in a casual tee.

Nickname: Ford - FL Employee
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: L
Location: Maryland
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Just Right 7/11/2018

I asked on chat for a great jacket and I got it!

Nickname: NoAskyNoGetty
Height: 6'2" - 6'4"
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: XL
Location: Alabama
Use: Lifestyle
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Everything FL advertised and more.. 7/11/2018

First Lite hit a home run with the Catalyst Jacket. Incredibly quiet and seems to be very durable. Would be great for a spot and stalk day trip or sitting in a tree stand. I'll be getting the pants ASAP.

Nickname: Patton
Height: 5'6" - 5'8"
Weight: 150lbs - 160lbs
Size: M
Location: Texas
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Just what I was looking for 7/10/2018

Man, this thing is breathable, lightweight, and quiet. Given, I just received it today, but I run pretty hot, and even though I don't have a/c, this thing breathes really well. Was a high of about 85 where I'm at in Southern California, with at least 60% humidity, upon putting the Catalyst jacket on, it breathes really well. It doesn't seem like its windproof, standing in front of a fan on high, I could feel about 10%-20% of the fan through the jacket zipped up with just a t-shirt underneath, but then again with other layers like this jacket is meant to be used with, you could make it as toasty as you wanted it, at least in my neck of the woods.

I can see this jacket being great down to freezing with proper layering.


How it fits
I've got some weight to lose, but the jacket fits great. If I were 10lbs heavier I would go with the XXL. I wear an XXL in FL baselayer sizes, but an XL in the Cirrus. My belly and chest are 50", but I wear 40" pants (XL in Obsidian).

As another review mentioned, the only place the jacket felt tight was around my forearms, they weren't too tight by any means, but if you're forearms are bigger than 14" and you're looking at the XL, consider sizing up.

I'm in the process of losing weight, but I feel I could easily wear a thicker baselayer, as well as another layer under the jacket at this point if I really wanted to cook. The way I see it, the more weight I lose, the more I can layer under it.

Nickname: xbeefx
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 270lbs - 280lbs
Size: XL
Location: California
Use: Waterfowl
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Awesome Jacket 7/9/2018

Compared to the North Branch this jacket is really light weight and super quiet. It's almost unbelievable how quiet and light weight it is.
The conifer looks real sharp and will double as a great jacket to wear on non hunting adventures.
I look forward to trying this in the tree stand this fall.

Nickname: Trevor
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 210lbs - 220lbs
Size: L
Location: Michigan
Use: Tree Stand
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great coat...tips for sizing 7/6/2018

Since I just recently received this coat, I don't have any use-based comments. Just my "out of the box" thoughts. In terms of quality and function, I'm really going to love this piece. It fills a much needed spot in my gear kit. I don't think it will be particularly warm as a stand alone piece. I'm guessing it will work perfectly for cool to cold temps with proper layering.

For those wondering what size to order, my experience might be of help. I'm 6'1" and weigh approx. 185 lbs. Based on these 2 dimensions, I was encouraged to buy a large. Large ended up being a bit too small for me. It fit, but would bind in the elbows and shoulder blade area if I extended my arms. On top of that, a large left me no room for layering.

I reordered in size XL and absolutely love the fit! I think a large was too small based on the way my frame is configured. I have relatively slender legs, but broad shoulders (I have a flat stomach, so that's not the issue). Based on my experience, if you have broad shoulders (or perhaps a muscular upper body) I'd recommend trying a size XL first.

Overall a great coat...as with all First Lite products I own, you won't be disappointed!

Nickname: Joel
Height: 6' - 6'2"
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: XL
Location: North Dakota
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Softshell Perfection 7/3/2018

This piece is my go to for everything from midseason tree stand sits during the midwest whitetail rut to late season mountain hunts in the west. This piece is silent, breathable, durable, and water resistant...perfection!

Nickname: Gregg F from FLHQ
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 160lbs - 170lbs
Size: M
Location: Idaho
Use: Spot & Stalk
Fit
Small
Perfect
Large
Great Treestand Piece 7/3/2018

Can't wait to use this in the fall. Fit is on point and they weren't lying when they said it was silent. Pretty amazing coat.

Nickname: Tine to Die
Height: 5'10" - 6'
Weight: 180lbs - 190lbs
Size: L
Location: Wisconsin
Use: Tree Stand