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

Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket

2 Layer Silent Softshell


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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.

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Men's Catalyst Soft Shell Jacket Details

Layering Position

  • Insulated Outerwear


  • 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

How It's Built

  • Material: 2-Layer SoftShell
  • Cut: Athletic
  • Primary Uses:
    • Spot & Stalk
    • Tree Stand
    • Waterfowl
    • Upland
    • Fishing
  • Weight: 19oz.

Where to Use

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

Customer Reviews

Based on 129 reviews
Product Size: L
Height: 6'1"
Weight: 205
Fit Comments: Sleeves are fairly long, but taper at the wrists so I don't see it being an issue for those who are not long-limbed
Location: Everywhere
Primary Use: Hunting, backpacking, hiking or around town
Great in the rain, pair with an Uncompahgre Vest

For those wondering, the Catalyst does great in the rain. It's obviously not a dedicated rain jacket, but had the chance to test it out in some extended rain on a recent backpacking trip and was impressed. Steady light rain for about 2 hours and I was dry the entire time!

Insulation is about what I expected in a softshell. Not a stand-alone system on a cold day, but with a Uncompahgre vest underneath, I would definitely wear it into the low 40s.

Product Size: M
Height: 6'2
Weight: 175
Fit Comments: Sleeves run a bit snug
Location: Western Big Game Hunting
Primary Use: Archery hunting
Great Archery Jacket

This jacket is perfect for any archery hunt. It's very quiet. The jacket has great storage just like every other peace of FL gear. One thing that does stand out is the fit of the jacket. The sleeves are smaller in diameter (which is perfect for archery) so take that into consideration when sizing. The mid section is bigger and allows for room in layering with a vest or t-shirts. I purchased the Merino-X Furnace Quarter Zip to wear under this and with that thick of a long sleeve underneath the sleeves of the jacket are a little more snug then I would like. So I'll most likely be using the AeroWool Wick Ultralight under it to start.. But overall a great addition to my arsenal and can't wait to get chasing elk with it in September!

Product Size: L
Height: 5'10
Weight: 200
Fit Comments: Arms are snug
Location: Eastern whitetail, Western hunts
Primary Use: Tree-stand, spot and stalk
Key piece

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 a snug fit in the arms, so guys with large biceps may have to size up, but I was still able to layer underneath with a Klamath and Kiln. One positive to FL gear, is the arms are actually long enough. I've got a 6ft+ wingspan and all the pieces work well for me.

It's warm, quiet, and holds up to some moisture, but will eventually soak through. Great all around piece.

Product Size: L
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190
Primary Use: Whitetail, Waterfowl, Hunting
first impressions: solid addition to my system

Have yet to test it in the field but wanted to post my initial reaction.

The fit was overall great. I'm 6' and 190lbs, on the skinnier side and bought the Large. It's roomy enough to put some base layers underneath, which is perfect because I plan on wearing this through December into late Jan when temps get pretty low here. The material is QUIET, can't hear a damn thing when you are wearing this. I tried it on in my house for like 10 minutes, temp at 70° and I was sweating, so I have no doubt this is going to be a critical piece of gear when I start getting it outside. Surprisingly lightweight, and thinner than you would expect, but it's technical gear so that is to be expected. Excellent movement around arms. Draw your bow and the jacket doesn't move, it's perfect.

While the fit was overall great, it is a little roomier in the stomach area, but not a huge deal because it does have drawstring adjustments at the bottom, HOWEVER, careful which way you're pulling on these. My one side broke the little stopper behind the pocket and there's no way to get it back on. I tied a knot in it instead, not gonna worry about it, minor but still.

Overall, can't wait to put this thing to the test. Will maybe post a later review once the season is done.

Product Size: L
Height: 5'11
Weight: 185
Fit Comments: Overall fit was great. Snug where it needed to be, not too loose around waist.
Location: In woods
Primary Use: Hunting
Great All-Around System

I'm 5'11, 185, fit was great, snug around arms and moved well. Fabric is strong and flexible, well made. Functional pocket locations. Loose enough you can wear a thermal base layer underneath without being tight. Highly recommend. The jacket very comparable to other upper end hunting/outdoors softshell jackets.