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Katabatic 3-Person Tent

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Eddie Bauer  

Katabatic 3-Person Tent

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The Original Outdoor Outfitter®

Winner of National Geographic's 2012 Gear of the Year Award


Winner of Backpacker Magazine's 2012 Editor's Choice Snow Award

Guide-built and guide-tested on FA expeditions to the world's highest peaks. This three person, four-season expedition tent is the new standard for the world most hostile environments. A true four-season expedition tent, the Katabatic surpasses what is being used in most expedition outfitters and guide services programs in the areas of weight, floor space, and most importantly, strength.

"For years, The North Face VE 25 has ruled base camps on seven continents, but the reinvention of Eddie Bauer in its First Ascent line has brought a new big dome tent to the highest peaks."
National Geographic

"'This is the best four-season tent I've ever used,' said one tester after his 2012 Everest expedition. Even at 26,000 feet, with winds routinely topping 50 mph, he proclaimed this six-pole dome (plus a pole for the fly) quick to pitch and solid as a rock."
Backpacker Magazine

  • Double-wall constructionFor condensation control
  • Two-Vestibule DesignProvides extra space and storage
  • Steep wallsMaximize floor space without compromising footprint size
  • Y-Fly DesignSheds snow, increases load strength, and keeps the fly sheet quiet even in the nastiest winds
  • Color-COded DAC aluminum polesFor quick pitching
  • 40D ripstop nylon wall; 20D polyester mesh; 40D coated risptop nylon flysheet; 70D coated nylon taffeta floor
  • 90"L x 85"W x 48"H
  • 48 sq. ft. interior space, 18 sq. ft. vestibule space
  • Packed weight: 11 lbs. 4 oz.; Trail weight: 10 lbs. 5 oz.
  • Imported
  • Spot clean

Review Summary

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First Ascent|Gear|TentsKatabatic 3-Person Tent
 
4.9

(based on 14 reviews)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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5.0

It would be nice to see this in a 2 person version

By Phil

from Ontario

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    Cons

    • Could use a two person version

    Best Uses

      Comments about First Ascent|Gear|Tents Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

      2 person light weight would be great. Should not be excluded from sales along with the sleeping bags.

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      • true to size
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      • Climbing
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      (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Tops in the Gobi

      By Bones

      from Outside the U.S. or Canada

      Pros

      • bombproof under harsh conditions
      • roomy with lots of internal storage
      • seals tight for sandstorms
      • stands well to wind conditions

      Cons

      • could use fuller set of stakes maybe w/ extras
      • could use more substantive stakes for sand
      • tough one person setup out of bag in the dark

      Best Uses

        Comments about First Ascent|Gear|Tents Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

        I am the human skeletal analyst working for an international archaeology project currently in the east Gobi in Mongolia. I live in this tent for a month and a half in the summer. Field conditions range from hot (40 degrees Celsius) to sandstorms pushing 50mph gusts driving buckets of sand just before the driving rains. I have been on this project for nearly 20 years and come to recognize the need for a solid 4 season tent, having seen little "camper" tents wash downstream in sheet flow or been blown absolutely flat, tent ripped, poles broken, someone suddenly sharing a ger with the students. I have also been crammed into one and two person tents that, solid as they were, gave me somewhat of a sardine feeling without the oil. This tent however, has been the absolute bomb for the past two seasons and I think I've found my equipment with this one. I wish the groundcloth fit under the porch awning as well, but I can get linoleum in Ulaanbaatar to serve that purpose or just get a bigger rhino-hide tarp, and make a solid floor to keep from tracking sand into the tent. When the sandstorm in the photograph hit camp this season I was able to get in the tent, zip up all the vents and awning accesses, and ride out the storm which was followed by a pretty serious deluge of rain. The nice part was it kept all that aeolian sand out as well. At one point the wind popped a stake and guy line on the weather side loose from the sand and tried it's level best to flatten the tent- the walls were deforming significantly, but with the amount of internal support built into the frame design it held up like a champ. This one will be my field home for the forseeable future.

        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Height:
        • 5'10"
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        • true to size
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        • Regular
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        • Camping
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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Awesome Tent!

        By Outback jack

        from Washington

        Comments about First Ascent|Gear|Tents Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

        Great tent easy setup and very durable. Used this tent up at Mt Rainer where the temperature was 25 degrees and winds around 30mph plus . I was very impressed and happy! All I have to say is make sure you anchor this tent down and it will not fail you!

        • Gender:
        • Male
        • Height:
        • 5'11"
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        • true to size
        • Size Type:
        • Plus
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        • Camping
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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Held up even with staking

        By Sweetpea1301

        from Alaska

        Comments about First Ascent|Gear|Tents Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

        Received this tent as an early Christmas gift and tested it out in southern Utah this week (Arches and Zion). Temps at night were around 15 degrees. My dad was in another tent and reported seeing his breath in the air, but within a few minutes of zipping into the Katabatic, my breath could not be seen. I admittedly did not stake it down completely and some serious wind gusts came through at night and this tent was solid! It didn't move- only a little air under the bottom/footprint due to not staking it. On first setup it took about 30 minutes but only because I tried to match poles to colored webbing on the bottom of the tent, not the webbing on the clips! I was able to set up and take down solo 20 minutes each, but this will likely need 2+ people to set up in a storm due to size. The front vestibule is LARGE and sturdy, like a front porch. You have to crouch relatively low to get in, but it adds to the weatherproofness (is that a word?). I am surprised at how light it is for such a large, sturdy tent with a poles-vestibule. Definitely impressed and was skeptical of Eddie Bauer going up against the "big boys" (you know those other brands!) but this tent literally holds it own.

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        • 4'7"
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