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Men's Catalyst Softshell Jacket
2 Layer Silent Softshell

From the treestand to the Tundra, the Catalyst Jacket changes the paradigm of technical hunting softshell jackets. Using a proprietary, 2-layer construction addresses the traditional noise of a softshell. Instead, we have created 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 durable exterior resists moisture with our advanced DWR. Zippered mesh pockets manage tags, GPS, knives and other accessories without noise or hassle. The result is an ultra-versatile jacket ideal for a wide range of environments and hunting applications. 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.



$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

5
of 5
9 Reviews
Fit
Runs Small
Perfect
Runs Large
Fit
Small
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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