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Colorado has roughly 53 peaks above 14,000 feet. So far, you’ve climbed about half of them. And for each of those attempts, you’ve brought The North Face’s Catalyst Down Jacket along for the ride. Made of ultra-light materials and with Summit Series design, the Catalyst is just as much of a peak-bagger as you are.

  • 800-Fill down offers superior loft, excellent rebound from compression, and the highest warmth-to-weight ratio of any insulating material The North Face uses
  • The outer shell is made from Pertex Syncro, which is a lightweight, tear-resistant, and highly-breathable fabric
  • DWR finish helps repel precipitation without negatively impacting the fabric’s breathability—so moisture and sweat can evaporate without getting trapped in the insulation
  • Highly compressible goose down packs into it's own hand pocket
  • Alpine fit accommodates under layers, harnesses, and backpacks
  • Summit Series Design means it’s made to be used for athletic pursuits in harsh environments
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Boundary Peak Winter Blizzard Ascent

    It was below zero at the beginning of the hike with windchill and the Catalyst performed excellently, couldn't be happier with it. It's so light that I don't mind taking it on other hikes with there is a slight chance that I will need it. I would recommend this to anyone looking for a light/warm jacket that can stuff into its own pocket.

    Boundary Peak Winter Blizzard Ascent

    i was impressed

      took this baby to Peru for a 12 day trip that included the summit of Misti Volcano at 19,000ft. this was a great little jacket to have kept me warm as part of a layering system when temps got down to the single digits.

      Very nice, but there are lighter options

        I like this jacket. A lot. It fits great (6' 205 lbs 44" chest 34" waist - size large). But it is not as light as I hoped. I was looking for a Montbell style light 800 fill down jacket. I own the north face Optimus primolft jacket in the same size and it is only 2 ounces heavier (22 ounces for optimus, 20 for catalyst) so the choice is clear that I don't really need this jacket. It is a shame as it feels nice to the touch, blocks wind very well and it quite water resistant (walked the dog in 30 minutes of wet snow storm, around 30 degrees with just a poly t shirt and felt just fine). All in all I would recommend this jacket to anyone, but I already have a very capable alternative from the same manufacture so this is going back. Thanks to backcountry for the awesome return policy. I hope this helps someone make the right choice on jackets in the future!

        Not bad.............

          This jacket is good for 35 degrees and above weather. Cooler weather required lower fill power jacket. It's light weight and ease to use in tight places. Zipper is not that good. I stuggle everytime I try to zip up the jacket.

          packs down and great warmth

            compress this into its pocket, stuff in your pack, trek into the backcountry, pull out at lunch, shake, put on, stay warm, repack and ski fresh tracks...this is great for this exact purpose. Incredibly warm, light, squashable and the warmth is just what you need after a 3 hour morning trek ...recommend highly. Its also pretty good for every day use - it bounces back from being stuff down, great compression rebound...the 800 fill is plenty warm enough.

            Nice jacket but I worry abou the feather puking out

              I bought this directly from the TNF store in Seattle and this jacket is very warm. I wear only a t-shirt inside. I'm 5'9 and weigh 179lbs and I bought a medium. The medium is a nice fit for my body but it doesnt give me much space for layering if I want to wear a hoody inside. I got the medium because the large was a little big and looked a little baggy and the arms were a little longer. I have short arms so the arm length is perfect and the jacket has a slim cut fit so it goes on very well. I bought this because I dislike layering and I was looking for a nice jacket that is warm and slim. This jacket meets the criteria and it looks very sharp with nice jeans and shoes. I love the summit logo on the arm.

              1 con: Feathers puke out. TNF store staff told me it's normal but I should return it if too much feather puke out.

              Great jacket!

                i bought this as a gift for my husband. He loves it. It's warm and light and the color is distinctive. This was my first purchase from Backcountry, actually had never heard of them until searching for this jacket, and I couldn't be more pleased with the service.

                Nice Hooded Sweater

                  I bought this after reading the reviews about it being very warm. Well I'm surprised what people call very warm. THIS IS A LIGHT JACKET. As such it's nice, hood fits well if your NOT wearing a helmet. Collar fits under chin and not over mouth. It's good at around the freezing mark. I will keep it as a cool weather rock climbing belay jacket. still would be nice to fit a helmet.

                  If your looking for an ice climbing belay jacket for the north east coast temps look at the Marmot Greenland Baffled Down Jacket.

                  So warm!

                    I am 6ft 190lbs and I wear a Medium, this Jacket is very warm and very light! I live in Madison,WI where the winters are very cold and this is more than warm enough with no more than a t-shirt underneath. a Wonderful jacket!

                    So warm!

                    Men's Catalyst

                      Extremely pleased with the appearance, construction, comfort and weight of this item. This is a hi-tech article of clothing that gets the job done and never with a feeling of bulk or clutter. When the jacket is removed it dries very quickly and stows-away virtually anywhere. Many thanks to the good-folks at Backcountry for the quick and professional service. Snug as a bug in New York.

                      Day 1 & Took it down to a windy -30 windchill

                        Day 1 and I took it to some extreme temps. The outside temp was -10 but with the wind brought it down to -30. I was wearing a simple underarmor cold gear/Patagonia R1/This coat. I was standing in the middle of a frozen lake to get my desired video shot. The wind didn't really affect my warmth, it was just really hard to keep the tripod up. I was comfortable standing there for 15 minutes until my exposed skin (face) started to feel a bit numb.

                        Great coat!! I look forward to finishing out the winter in this + a nano puff for the colder than -10.

                        Day 1 & Took it down to a windy -30 windchill

                        Great for active use, not good if you're not active

                          I bought the Catalyst down 'jacket' about a week ago to keep me warm while walking to work and without looking like a marshmallow; two days it was 23* F at 7 AM and I nearly froze with this, a long sleeve dress shirt, and an undershirt. This piece is definitely more of a 'down sweater' type jacket; would be great for active winter sports as a MIDLAYER.

                          Piece is very high quality, Pertex fabric is incredibly nice and tough, and is down-proof. 800 fill down is really nice, but there's just not quite enough of it.

                          Will be returning and looking for something else.

                          Does this jacket have pit zips?

                          Does this jacket have pit zips?

                          800 fill down is nice. what's the fill...

                          800 fill down is nice. what's the fill weight for this jacket? I'm comparing this to the Patagonia Fitzroy. Both 800 fill down. Fitzroy I believe is 6.3 oz of fill. How about the TNF Catalyst? Which jacket would be warmer?

                          I go to school in Buffalo, NY and i'm...

                          I go to school in Buffalo, NY and i'm looking for a winter jacket that I use independently without having to layer. I'm looking at down jackets but am trying to avoid the puffy look that generally comes with downs but I don't want to sacrifice any warmth. Which jacket would you recommend for me?

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                          How does this jacket compare to the Marmot...

                          How does this jacket compare to the Marmot Ama Dablam? I see that this one is lighter, how does it compare in warmth? Are there any other notable differences?

                          I'd like to be able to wear this over my hard shell when stopping while hiking, or under it if the weather gets really bad. I'm about 5'10" and 165 lbs, what size would you recommend? Thanks!

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                          Is the Verdi a better ski jacket for...

                          Is the Verdi a better ski jacket for Colorado? Or, better question, what is the best down filled ski jacket that North Face has in the $200-300 range? Are the hoods big enough to go over a helmet?

                          What does Alpine fit mean? Does that mean...

                          What does Alpine fit mean? Does that mean loose?
                          I like the Catalyst but wondering if it may be too warm for New York City windy, snowy winter. Would the Tahoe be a better choice for city living?

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                          Thanks for your question. When a garment is called out as having an alpine fit it is going to be a much more fitted to the body, athletic cut. Alpine fit is the opposite of loose. While the Catalyst jacket can be worn on it's own, it features the athletic fit so you can layer it under a shell.
                          The Catalyst and Tahoe are both great jackets, both are going to be warm. You are looking at 800 fill power in the Catalyst versus 700 fill in the Tahoe. The Tahoe jacket is basically a hooded version of the Nuptse jacket if you are familair with that style from The North Face. Both will be great choices for fending off the cold in NYC. I might consider a jacket with Windstopper as that jacket will be much more wind resistant than either the Catalyst or the Tahoe. I hope this is helpful for you.

                          I see that this jacket is an alpine cut,...

                          I see that this jacket is an alpine cut, being that I've never had a TNF jacket I need some sizing help. I'm 5'9, 5'10 on a good day, and 200 lbs athletic. Most everything else I wear is a lg, but I'd like to be able to layer. Any help?

                          Is the weight on this jacket right? With...

                          Is the weight on this jacket right? With a hood the specs say it is lighter than the TNF diez...

                          If so, I should have got one!

                          Im going to be working in Alaska for a...

                          Im going to be working in Alaska for a bit, I'll be shooting a movie outdoors and i was wondering if this jacket would suffice for 15-25 degree weather with layers under...?

                          Has anyone used this with any soft shell...

                          Has anyone used this with any soft shell jackets? What kind? How did it work out? Thanks!

                          I use a Marmot Sharp Point Softshell Jacket for touring in storms, they work great!! It would work as a shell for skiing lift service in but I bought it as a very tight. A M fit me tight with 2 light layers on and a bacon. I'm 5'11", 170 lbs. A L would be good to put a little more layering under.

                          But with a puff below it, it might get a little too worm for most days, as puff tend to really heat up. I might put a hard shell over a puff (and have) if it was really cold out/storming and I was doing non-physical activities. I have worn a puff with a shell in about -20 while skiing, and it was still just a bit too warm!

                          i throw this over my softshell when i reach a belay while climbing, and its awesome. idk if you were thinking about a softshell over this though, cuz that would probably be tight unless you sized up the softshell. heavy fabric(softshell) over high loft down tends to compress the down therefore you loose loft and that critical space that seperates you from the cold!