FW Catalyst Fusion Jacket And Bibs | Review

The Catalyst Fusion Jacket and Bibs from FW brings newschool styling to a technical 2-in-1 jacket and pant combo

Why we chose the FW Catalyst Fusion Jacket And Bibs: Versatile, 2 in 1, stylish

Price: £580 (jacket), £350 (bibs)

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As we saw when we reviewed their highly technical three-layer Manifest touring jacket, although they’re relative newcomers on the scene, FW has developed a diverse outerwear range. This range covers everything from touring-specific outerwear, to more resort-friendly pieces. Take this, for example. It’s the all-new Catalyst Fusion Jacket and Pants. FW provide a nice blend of newschool styling with technical protection, and this means their outerwear lineup is incredibly versatile.

“FW provide a nice blend of newschool styling with technical protection”


First thing to mention with the Catalyst Jacket and Pants is the fabric. Cut out of fully recycled yarn, the jacket feels soft to the touch; a refreshing contrast to the usual ‘bin bag’ feel you get from some technical outerwear setups. The outer has also been protected from abrasion with the use of ripstop woven into the fabric, showing FW’s commitment to producing durable clothing that doesn’t end up in landfill after the second season of use.

Waterproof protection comes in the form of a 2.5-layer protection. Featuring a membrane that blocks out water, but still lets air and moisture (sweat) pass through freely, the fabric works to keep you comfortable no matter what mother nature throws your way.

The Catalyst Jacket also features a quilted inner jacket, that can be removed and worn alone. This has been backed up with Primaloft Thermoplume insulation. The outer fabric is also soft to the touch and provides enough weather protection, and general warmth, to be worn alone when hanging out around town.

Features and Fit

Taking a look at the features, you’ve got two large concealed pockets that cross the chest and two more pockets that sit at the hips .This storage setup means you’ve got plenty of room for things like gloves, goggles and snacks. You’ve then got another two huge pockets on the thigh. Finishing with the pockets chat, there’s also a handy place to stash your phone on the inside of the ski jacket – this pocket also features a goggle wipe cloth. In short, you’ll have done well if you do actually run out of pocket space while wearing this kit.

The hood on the jacket is also massive with plenty of space to fit all kinds of head shapes and helmet sizes under there. The hood is also nicely adjustable, if you do want to cinch it in when you’re not wearing a helmet.

As we’ve mentioned already, the bibs are also covered in pockets, with two on the chest section (ideal for keeping things warm and 100% dry) and another two massive pockets on the thighs (one of them being ideal for an avalanche transceiver. The cuffs feature lots of potential for adjustment, meaning you’ve got option to open them out, roll them up, or tighten them down depending on your style.

Yes, at £580 just for the jacket, it might seem like a pretty hefty price tag. One thing you have to remember though is you’re getting a two in one setup here, a setup that consists of a highly-technical 2.5 layer waterproof jacket and a really neat quilted inner jacket that’s as comfortable around town as it is on the mountains. The jacket and pants feature heaps of pockets, something that riders who like riding without a backpack will come to love.

“A bombproof construction that’s been designed to stand the test of time”

Finally, the Catalyst Jacket and Bibs feature a bombproof construction that’s been designed to stand the test of time. It might just be the last outerwear setup you need to buy.

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