First Ascent Katabatic

Katabatic     Photo: Courtesy of First Ascent

BEST FOR: Winter expeditions. THE TEST: The four-season Katabatic may be a tank (ten pounds), but it doesn’t sound like one. That’s because designers spent three years tinkering with the placement of the seven poles to eliminate the violent flapping of the fly in 80-mile-per-hour gusts. Other smart, guide-influenced touches include the fly’s bright green hue, which stands out in a whiteout (and is cheery enough for sitting out storms), and huge pockets and vestibules. The 50-square-foot floor plan is rated for two people, but because of the extremely vertical walls—credit the rigid pole segments down low and flexible ones up high—our testers found it comfortable for three. THE VERDICT: A great update to the mountaineering-expedition category. 10.3 lbs

LIVABILITY: 5
STURDINESS: 5

Brand: First Ascent $600

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