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Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest
Men's Catalyst Vest

Men's Catalyst Vest

2 LAYER SILENT SOFTSHELL

$140.00 USD $112.00 USD

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Building on the success of our popular men’s jacket, the Catalyst vest delivers durable breathability in an even lighter package. Silent, breathable, insulating, and engineered to stretch and move with you, the Catalyst changes what is possible in a softshell garment. The revolutionary, 2-layer construction creates a vest 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 vest 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 vest will help you get it done.

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Men's Catalyst Vest Details

Layering Position

  • Insulated Outerwear

Features:

  • Exclusive 37.5 Active Particle Technology 
    • Exhausts moisture and maintains core body temperature 
    • Traps odors (human signature) and releases them when laundered
    • Revolutionary, 2-layer softshell design
    • Ultra-quiet construction
    • Built-in stretch for full range-of-motion
    • DWR exterior repels snow/rain and blocks wind

    How It's Built

    • Material: 2-Layer SoftShell
    • Cut: Athletic
    • Primary Uses:
      • Spot & Stalk
      • Tree Stand
      • Waterfowl
      • Upland
      • Fishing
    • Weight: 14.5oz.

    Where to Use

    • Temperature Range:
      • 20F - 45F (Active)
      • 45F - 60F

    Customer Reviews

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    MT
    Fit:
    Product Size: L
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 195 lbs
    Waist Size: 36
    Inseam Length: 32
    Primary Use: Whitetail Hunting
    Great Vest

    Great vest for the money. Seems to be well made. I ordered the new Hunters Orange, and I think it is spot on. I ordered a large as that has been my size in tops/outerwear. The fit is good, slightly on the athletic side. The large will work as an outer layer over just your base tops. It can also go over your jackets as well. I have a large Woodbury (replaced by Solitude) and this vest fit over it, still zipped up, and did not hamper my movement at all. Exactly what I was wanting for a new orange vest. If you are on the fence about ordering this vest, go ahead and order. You will not regret it.

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    Tezak
    Fit:
    Product Size: L
    Height: 6
    Weight: 220
    Waist Size: 36
    Inseam Length: 32
    Draw Length: 29
    Location: Western states
    Primary Use: Hunting, fishing, hiking
    Greatest Vest ever

    The Catalyst Vest is the best vest on the market. Have been using this vest for all season since spring bear hunting in Idaho, great fit, excellent insulation and perfect core mapping. Using the entire catalyst system together is awesome.
    A must have in your gear line up.

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    Chance
    Fit:
    Product Size: M
    Height: 5'9"
    Weight: 160
    Waist Size: 33
    Inseam Length: 30
    Draw Length: 27.5"
    Location: Daily use. layering
    Primary Use: skiing, scouting, hunting, every outdoor activity.
    Best available vest; Ash Grey is different than the picture. More Ash Blue than Ash Grey

    This is an amazing vest! Perfect for layering, great breathability. I will definitely be ordering another. The only downside is Ash Grey in the picture appears darker than the actual product. I have a couple of wool pieces in Ash Grey and they are exactly like the photo. This vest is more steel blue than ash grey, which I imagine is the way the dye performs on the catalyst material. But the fit is great, the vest is durable, and adds warmth when paired under a solitude or even the catalyst jacket. I would definitely recommend getting this vest. It is going to be going everywhere I do.

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    Ty
    Fit:
    Product Size: L
    Height: 6ft
    Weight: 190
    Waist Size: 34
    Inseam Length: 34
    Draw Length: 30
    Location: North Dakota
    Primary Use: Hunting/Fishing/Office
    Awesome from office to open country!

    This vest fit perfectly and is very comfortable. I was concerned with it being somewhat "stiff". But it is flexible, breathable, and quiet. I've worn it indoors as a daily driver in the office during the fall, as well as in the field. The biggest problem I have is trying to decide which color I am going to get next!

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    Tanner
    Fit:
    Product Size: XL
    Height: 6’2”
    Weight: 176
    Waist Size: 33
    Inseam Length: 34
    Draw Length: 29 in.
    Location: The woods
    Primary Use: Whitetail hunting
    Best Vest I Own

    I was skeptical on what size to order in this vest because I’m pretty tall and slender but went with the xl and couldn’t be more pleased with the vest. Super warm as a layer or just wearing it out over a shirt casually. Love the vest and the way it fits.

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    JT Hammond
    Fit:
    Product Size: L
    Height: 5'11
    Weight: 190
    Waist Size: 34
    Inseam Length: 30
    Draw Length: 29
    Location: Eastern trout and deer
    Primary Use: hunting, hiking, fly fishing
    Most Versatile Piece of Gear FL Makes

    After a full trout and archery season, wearing this vest or carrying it packed, I have come to the conclusion it is the most versatile piece of clothing FL makes. In the east and the south we are always looking for clothing that can provide a range of use, from 40's in the mornings to 70's in the afternoons. For this reason, I have always been enthusiastic about the functionality of a good vest. The catalyst is warm enough to wear as a shell over other layers and light enough to stow and go on a small pack when the temperatures rise. It has good pocket configuration and the overlap on the hand pockets is a nice touch. The napoleon chest pocket is large enough to fit an Iphone 11- so, pretty big. The feature I found most beneficial is the add length in the back. I under estimated the value of this extra material until I sat down to glass. There is nothing worse than a short vest or jacket the does not cover you lower back from wind and cold. For the first time I found a vest that covered my pant to shirt seam. The design is much appreciated.

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    James
    Fit:
    Product Size: M
    Height: 5’10”
    Weight: 175
    Waist Size: 32
    Inseam Length: 30-32
    Draw Length: 27.5
    Location: Tennessee
    Primary Use: Whitetails
    A Great Vest!

    I was so torn between the Catalyst and Sawtooth vests. The Catalyst is more of an outer layer and the Sawtooth is more of an insulating layer. I went with the Catalyst because it seemed it could take more abuse and daily wear than the Sawtooth as an outer layer. The Catalyst works amazing as an outer layer but is also a great insulating layer, which surprised me a little. It’s stretchiness makes it a very usable piece however you decide to use it. It’s very lightweight and much warmer than it looks. It fits great over multiple layers. I wear a medium in everything and have no fitment issues. I will probably purchase another just for daily wear. It really is a great piece!

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    Barry Allen
    Fit:
    Product Size: M
    Height: 6-0
    Weight: 170
    Waist Size: 33
    Inseam Length: 32
    Location: Outdoors on trails primarily on
    Primary Use: Hiking and trail running along with using as layer for mountain biking
    Great vest

    Perfect layer. Looking forward to putting it through some good work in a couple of weeks in Colorado. Up and down some 14’ers so it will be a good test.

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    Globetrotter
    Fit:
    Product Size: M
    Height: 5'10
    Weight: 205
    Waist Size: 36
    Inseam Length: 32
    Location: OR mountains
    Primary Use: hunting
    Good addition to system

    I'm 5'10, 205# w an athletic/muscular build. The Medium fits me well (not tight but not baggy either) and I can comfortably wear a hoody and or light jacket underneath.
    I really like this vest. It makes a good early season (cool but not cold temps) addition to a clothing system. Many of my FL layers are built w/ venting on the back which is great for carrying a pack, but once you drop the pack the vest comes in real handy for that lil extra bit of warmth while sitting and spotting etc.

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    Hank Patterson
    Fit:
    Product Size: S
    Height: 5'10"
    Weight: 135
    Waist Size: 29
    Inseam Length: 30
    Location: South East/Georgia Pines
    Primary Use: Tree stand hunting/Scouting
    Crucial Arsenal Asset

    Out of the box the first thing you notice is the material. It's going to be great for tree stand bow hunting with how quiet it is. This is the first part of the catalyst system I've purchased so maybe I'm not up to speed but it seem a little thinner than I was expecting. Not necessarily a bad thing because I'm thinking I'll be able to wear it in slightly warmer weather but I'm also hoping it will also keep me moderately warm in cooler temps as advertised. Time will tell. Honestly the vest is a little boxy. Kind of reminds me of my Carhartt vest. I wear a small in everything first lite and I think if they had an extra small I would consider trying it out. The extra room isn't bad, per say, it allows me to layer a bit underneath if I want. I can get a kiln, furnace, and Klamath top on under the vest before it fills out fully. Overall I'm pleased and I think everyone needs this vest!