Ultra Light Backpacking

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.

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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BedNet Field Upgrade Kit

5/09/2012 by Administrator

We have finally come up with a solution for the customers out there who bought our original BedNet but want to be able to add the EBNS upgrade kit. The kit includes four small pieces. They all use 3/8 inch nylon tape for durability. The first pair have a tent pole grommet sewed in and a clip to attach it to the BedNet fiberglass pole. The second pair have a tent glove hook that will attach to the EBNS tent pole on one end and it can be tied in place on the otherside by the clip. A simple knot can be tied so you dont have to keep tying it. You can easily attach it using the clip once you have a loop. The kit is available now for those who wish to go ahead and buy a EBNS upgrade. These are only needed for the original BedNet. If you have a IBNS then you already have these attachments on your tent. Get them here: http://www.catomaoutdoor.com/Catalog/ProductInfo.aspx?id=190

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Armadillo LCS

9/27/2011 by Administrator

After a couple months of changes we have now got the LCS to where we are happy with the weight and look. It also has a new name based on what it resembles. The "Armadillo LCS" is a one-man sub three pound tent with stakes! It still features the BedNet as the inner base and then use a shock corded pole to give you a double wall tent. Which in the south is a must because of all the humidity. We got rid of the vestibules to save weight and since the military uses waterproof pack covers now it wasn't neccessary. It uses the same 70 Denier Ripstop Nylon as the EBNS so you know it is durable. A cool feature is that you can actually take the riddgeline pole out and then fold the tent (with the fly still attached) up like you normally do a BedNet. Even with the fly on you can still pack it down to 13" x 13" x 3" as seen below. Another feature is Ventilation straps. As you can see below if you need extra air movement in the tent you can use the Ventilation straps to let extra air in. When not needed they store underneath to keep the elements out. If 3 pounds is somehow to heavy and you need even less weight you can leave the pole at home and use some 550 cord or equivalent. Just string the cord between two trees and then attach the clips on the rope to create the backbone. The tent goes down to 2.55 lbs if you do that!

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LCS Lightweight Combat Shelter

2/10/2011 by Administrator

We like to think we just don't rest on our laurels. With that said we thought we had put out on heck of a shleter with the Enhanced BedNet. Well after going to trade shows and talking with our customer base we hear that you wanted one with the same benifits of the EBN just lighter. So we have come up with the Lightweight Combat Shelter based off our EBN model. We cut and trimmed as much as we could and got it around 3 pounds. It still features our patented BedNet system but now you can get rid of that if you dont need it and use the fly as a stand alone tent. Here are some pics to show you how we are coming along. We aren't finished just yet so no official specs but we hope you will love it.

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