When our guide team set out to build the world’s best expedition shelter they had an idea for a radical new design but no idea of how much effort—or how may years of testing and development—it would take to realize their goal. Nine prototypes, expeditions to six continents, field-testing in winds that reached 121 miles per hour and a high mark of testing at 25,938 feet on the South Col of Everest. But all the work, all the miles and all the testing resulted in an expedition shelter that earned universal respect and validation with both a Gear of the Year and an Editor’s Choice award. In this Gear Report clip, Peter Whittaker breaks down the blow-by-blow on what the guide team went through to built the Katabatic. —LYA Editor
The tech spec breakdown on the Katabatic:
Best in Class. Guide-built and guide-tested® on First Ascent expeditions to the world’s highest peaks. Two-plus person, four-season expedition tent with ample room for mountaineering gear and essentials. Double-D door design for easy entry/exit/access to vestibule storage areas. Exclusive Y-fly design sheds more snow and adds load strength. Smaller overall footprint means less work prepping the pitch site. Two-vestibule design provides extra space and storage. Double-wall construction for condensation control. Steep walls maximize livable space.
Six-pocket interior organizer. Storage sack and
stakes included. Color-coded DAC aluminum poles.
40D ripstop nylon wall; 20D polyester mesh; 75D
coated ripstop polyester flysheet; 70D coated nylon taffeta floor. Spot clean. 90″L x 85″W x 48″H.
Interior: 48 sq. ft. Vestibule: 18 sq. ft.
And, for the technophiles in our gear ranks, a throwback to the detailed information we provided in our 2013 Summer Outfitter Book on the development of our award-winning expedition shelter.
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