Catoma Outdoor Blog

The Evolution of the IBNS

3/03/2014 by Administrator

The Evolution of the IBNS: Comparison of Catoma Adventure Shelter's EBNS, Armadillo, and Badger tents

We keep getting mails from customers wondering….."Which one of these should I choose?" My answer is always the same as it depends on what you need out of a tent. So I do this rundown of each tent and why I would choose it. Our IBNS is the tent that made us famous and each of these tents has that as the inner tent body. It has proven its ease of use and durability through the years helping our military do their jobs effectively.

EBNS (Enhanced BedNet System)

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I would choose the EBNS if I need a tough 3-season tent that could keep me and my gear dry during a downpour. It has Premethrin built in the netting so I will never have to worry about bugs biting me while in it. The downside compared to the Armadillo and the Badger is that the EBNS is heavier by over a pound.

Armadillo

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I would choose the Armadillo if I had a pack cover or use a super light day pack that would fit under its small vestibule. It has all the same features as the EBNS but in a lighter and smaller footprint. It does have the advantage of being able to store the fly which is already hooked on the inner tent so setup/pack-up time is dramatically decreased with the Armadillo.

Badger

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When weight is your major concern, The Badger will be there to take care of you. Weighing in at 2.94 lbs the Badger won't break your back getting to and from the campsite. You will either need a pack cover or have somewhere dry to put your pack because there isn't a usable vestibule on the Badger. Another area of concern would be condensation. This is a hybrid 1.5 wall tent; you will get a little more condensation than the Armadillo and EBNS since the vapor has more places to escape in these double wall tents. The Badger still vents properly but if I lived in a humid climate I would get the Armadillo over the Badger.

SHOT Show 2014

1/08/2014 by Administrator

It's time for SHOT Show 2014! This exciting expo will be held at the Sands Expo Center in Las Vegas on Jan. 14th-17th. It is open to the public from 8:30am-5:30pm Jan. 14th-17th and until 4pm on the 17th. We are excited to show off our newest addition to the widely popular Catoma BedNet family of one-man tents: The Badger. It is an ultralight tent that weighs under 3 lbs and provides insect protection as well as weather protection. We will have one on display in our booth (#6601) if you want to personally check it out.

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The SHOT Show is one of the largest trade show of its kind in the world and the fifth largest trade show in Las Vegas. This year you can meet celebrities such as: Les Stroud from Survivorman, Troy and Jacob Landry from Swamp People, Joe Mantegna, and R. Lee Emrey "The Gunny". Here is some more info regarding the show. Hope to see everyone there!

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Summer OR 2013 SLC

7/26/2013 by Administrator

Hey everyone! Please join MMI Outdoor for a road trip to Summer Outdoor Retailer 2013 in Salt Lake City, UT. You'll be able to check out all our awesome Catoma Adventure Shelter Tents and Granite Tactical Gear packs & load carriage equipment in person! This is one of The Outdoor Industry Association's trade shows and we can hardly wait to get there to showcase our new products, and of course, our tried and true ones!

We'll be at all three Summer OR events; The Open Air Demo (booth D200) on July 30th, located at Port Ramp Marina - Pineview Reservoir, Tent City (booths 13 & 14) from July 31 - August 3, located directly outside the Salt Palace Convention Center on South West Temple, and the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market (booth 32199) from July 31 - August 3, located inside the spectacular Salt Palace Convention Center.

The Open Air Demo lasts only one day, and you sure won't want to miss it! We'll have some of our favorite Catoma Tents at booth D200 set up for you to check out, climb in, kick back and relax in, even! The Open Air Demo is a super casual environment, so grab your sandals and sun block, come hang out for the day (8 am - 4pm) and enjoy the variety of outdoor events that'll be offered. There's a lot of fun to be had out there!

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Tent City is where we will have a variety of our newest and coolest tents Catoma Adventure Shelter tents, including the Raider and the Armadillo. The Raider is a fully double-wall shelter weighing in at less than 2lbs, yet doesn't lack design, comfort or internal space. The Armadillo is a redesign, per the request of the U.S. Marine Corps and Army Special Operations Forces, of our tried and proven EBNS (Enhanced Bed Net System) and weighs almost one third less! Also, we'll be giving all Summer Outdoor Retailer attendees a sneak peek at our final prototype of the Armadillo LT, a double / single wall hybrid that weighs less than 3 lbs. MMI Outdoor succeeded once again! You can check out the full line of our Catoma tents at www.catomaoutdoor.com. Drop by spaces 13 & 14 from 7/31 - 8/3 and see what we've been working on.

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Inside the Salt Palace Convention Center, you'll find us at booth 32199 showing some of our best tents and tactical gear. Come meet our team and let us tell you all about our products! We will also be giving high quality Catoma srickers so come by and ask for them!


If you want any more information, check out Summer Outdoor Retailer online at www.outdoorretailer.com. We hope to see you soon!

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All Photos are courtesy of Summer OR website

Armadillo LT

7/18/2013 by Administrator

At the request of U.S. Army SOCOM elements, we revisited the design of the EBNS to make it faster and lighter. We developed a new version of a trusted product that weighed almost one third less, packed up faster and smaller, and costed less. That was the Armadillo. Then we wondered if we could make it even lighter and faster. So we did. The new Armadillo LT weighs less than three pounds and sets up in seconds. It is essentially a double-wall, single-wall hybrid, incorporating the best of both worlds. It offers the ventilation of a double wall with the light weight of a single wall. The overall dimensions are the same as the trusted and proven IBNS bed net that MMI and Catoma are known for throughout the military community and still offers the ability to be used on a cot or in the field. Made of military spec 1.9 oz. 70D Ripstop Nylon, this is a tough, lightweight single man shelter that is destined to be the next big thing in military field shelters. We are still testing this bad boy so if you have any feedback please give it now and we will try to address your issues. We are alos trying to tackle the issue of a new bag. Please let us know what you think about it. Sound off in comments or on our Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/pages/Catoma-Tents/282056764531

Item #: 64577F - (Coyote Brown - GSA Compliant ) 64577 - (Coyote Brown - Berry Compliant)

  • Goes up in Seconds
  • Flame Retardant to (CPAI-84)
  • Floor and Rain Cover Waterproofing: 1200 mm PU Coating
  • Embedded Permethrin Insect Protection
  • Fly Material: 70D 1.9 oz. Ripstop Nylon
Sleeps: 1
Weight: 2.94 lbs. // 1.33 kg
Packed Dimensions: 13" x 13" x 3.5" // 33 cm x 33 cm x 9 cm
Center Height: 27" // 68.5 cm
Floor Area: 90" L x 33" W at head x 25" W at feet
Floor Material: 70D 1.9 oz. Ripstop Nylon
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Raider Solo Tent

11/27/2012 by Administrator

When we set out to design a sub-two pound tent, we didn't want to give up many of the features that our competitors do, sacrificing comfort (all things being relative), convenience, space, and ease of use. We also wanted it to be a double wall shelter. This meant it would have a separate mesh body, covered by an outer rainfly, allowing water vapor inside to be swept outside with the increased draft or to gather on the rainfly and run off onto the ground instead of dripping directly onto the user or running down into the tub floor to puddle as is the case with single wall tents. Traditionally, double-wall tents have been considered the heavier of the two options. The Raider refutes that position through efficient design, no-nonsense features, and modern technical fabrics. With a single structure pole and a single foot pole, the Raider is simple and easy to set up. It is far more spacious than bivy style shelters and even more spacious than our own IBNS, yet weighs just over 2 pounds ALL inclusive and UNDER 2 pounds without the included ditty bags and guy lines. Its low profile and 5 optional guy out points combat wind and rain beautifully. This tent is the real deal at a fraction of the price of its competitors.

Sleeps: 1
Trail Weight: 1.95 lbs. // .88 kg
Weight: 2.18 lbs. // .99 kg
Packed Dimensions: 13" x 5" x 5" // 33 cm x 12 cm x 12 cm
Center Height: 24" // 61 cm
Floor Area: 80" L x 40" W at shoulder x 20" W at ends
Floor Material: 70D 1.1 oz. Ripstop Nylon

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