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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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Katabatic 3-Person Tent
 
4.9

(based on 10 reviews)

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(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great, but......

By Okki

from Indiana

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Eddie Bauer Associate

Pros

  • Attachment point for interior LED lamp
  • LOTS of interior storage pockets
  • Quick and easy set up

Cons

  • Footprint does not include the vestibules
  • front door fitment

Best Uses

    Comments about Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

    The square interior size allows choices on how to orient your sleeping bags. Plenty of personal space in the interior tent, even with a basecamp duffel with clothing etc inside the interior tent as well. Rear vestibule has room to keep shoes out of the weather and dry. Front vestibule we use for storage of items that are in plastic bins (easy moving between tent and vehicle.

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    • Male
    • Height:
    • 5'9"
    • Size Type:
    • Regular
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    5.0

    Initial Impressions: Great

    By RecycledHiker

    from Washington

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy setup
    • Sturdy

    Cons

    • Heavy

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      Comments about Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

      Inspected and setup in backyard, not mountain tested yet. Initial impressions.
      Overall solid and well designed with lots of nice features.

      Hexagonal shape and steep walls make this exceptionally spacious.
      This thing is big, probably could probably sleep 4 but would be cozy.
      Poles are color coded, setup is quick and intuitive with only a quick glance at the instructions.
      Structure is very solid, tight and stable, even has extra clips on the underside of the fly to secure fly to poles.
      Tie down equalizers are a nice feature, plenty of tie down cords for windy conditions.
      Oversize corner straps for staking down tent using ice axe or trekking poles.
      Included stakes are the type in most lightweight backpacking tents, will need to supplement/replace but that it typical.
      Front vestibule is roomy and the extra pole adds headroom and stability.
      Lots of pockets inside for stashing things.

      Can't wait to get this up on the mountain in some rough weather to see how it does.

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      • Male
      • Height:
      • 6'1"
      • Size Type:
      • Regular
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      • Climbing
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      (10 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Bombproof, luxurious climbing tent

      By greendot

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      Comments about Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

      I bought this tent for mountaineering trips because it seemed like it outperformed similar tents in terms of space, weight, and value.
      I just spent a few nights in it at Camp Schurman on Mt. Rainier. The setup is simple once you've practiced it a few times. The Katabatic's footprint is rather large compared to other mountaineering tents, so it took some extra time to prepare a snow platform for it, but the upside is that it is very spacious. The interior pockets are really handy. The front vestibule is spacious and easy to exit. The rear vestibule works for stashing gear, but it's also a convenient place to access the inside or outside of the tent. The Katabatic is incredibly solid, especially once you've staked it out.
      The only thing that's inadequate about it are the stakes themselves: you probably want to invest in some more solid stakes if you're going to take this tent climbing. The small stakes that come with the tent are not well-suited to snow, and tend to pull out, even when they've been buried properly.
      That said, it doesn't really matter if the stakes pull out. Our last night at Schurman featured the violent, multi-directional wind gusts that are typical of that spot. These have nearly destroyed other tents on previous trips. But despite some of the rainfly and guy stakes pulling out, the Katabatic felt as solid as ever in these winds. It has some extra strength built into it.

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      5.0

      We LOVE this tent !!

      By AdventureTrio

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      Pros

      • easy to set up and very livable

      Cons

      • expectedly heavy like a tech tent would be

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        Comments about Katabatic 3-Person Tent:

        My two very adventurous and capable young girls and I just took out our new Katabatic for a test run and LOVED it !! I got it for us based on the technical features that we could deal with whatever weather and conditions came at us, unexpected or not. The girls are 8 and 9 and are well trained by their SAR Pro dad, but we are still three ladies traveling.

        The product description covers technical specifications which are all great. What we noticed, in addition, however, was how easy it is to use. All the technical strength in the world doesn't mean anything if it is a drag to take out and you always choose something else in your inventory. I handed the bag to the girls and they pitched it all by themselves. They have pitched a lot of tents but the ease means that it will be easy for the three of us when the wind is blowing, darkness is falling and our hands are numb with cold. We did not use the fly on our first night out as you can see in the photo. Everything was color coded. terrific.

        The inside shape is great to move around in. No banging into walls constantly, heads rubbing on sloped ceiling panels. Really pleasant and easily accommodated our card games and hanging lanterns after dark. The two zippered skylights in the ceiling were unexpected and great to have. The door zippers are smooth and easy with only one hand. No tugging on walls or having to use two hands. The other thing that was so convenient was the abundance of mesh storage inside. Many tents have one or two, or only on the bottom. This tent has them at all levels and clearly marked with blue tape so they are easy to recognize. I didn't have to put my glasses in the pockets at the base of the tent and risk them getting crushed in the night.

        We had such a great experience and can't wait to go for more. Thank you First Ascent.

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