You likely have not heard of Catoma Outdoor. They are a small company in Montgomery, AL that started out making specialized tents for US Forest Service fire fighters. Responding to requests from customers, they came out with a line of lightweight tents for the domestic market that include the Worm, Twist, Limbo 1, and Limbo 2.
Catoma’s tents are currently made of 40d PU-coated ripstop nylon, with a mesh inner tent, and DAC FeatherLite poles. They are already light, but they begged the question: “Why not make them out of sil-nylon or sil-polyester so they would be really light?” The answer was – they’re working on it. For now, we wanted to give our readers a heads up on this new company and their innovative lightweight tent designs.
The Worm is a hooped bivy shelter that sets up at the drop of a hat. As shown in the attached short digital movie, all you have to do is take it out of its bag and release it. It has a peripheral thin fiberglass rod that makes it open up by itself. Coiling it back up involves a certain sequence of folds that the user needs to master (as shown in the video). The zippered entry door is a waterproof/breathable PU laminate. Each end has a canopy that can be tied out to expose a mesh panel for ventilation. The inside length is 82 inches, which means that a regular length sleeping bag will brush against the tent at both ends. Overall, it’s quite roomy inside for a bivy shelter. The trail weight is 2 pounds 5 ounces and MSRP is $155.
The Twist is basically a solo tent of the same self-opening design as the Worm, only it has a mesh inner tent and a fly supported by a single ridge pole. The pole and fly can be set up as a fast and light option. Trail weight is 2 pounds 14.5 ounces and the MSRP is $185.
The Catoma Twist double wall solo tent has a self-opening inner tent with mesh walls and a fly supported by a single ridge pole. There are vents at both ends of the fly.
The Limbo 1 as the name implies is a low 1-person double-wall tent. It has a side entry and vestibule. The floor measures 36 inches wide by 96 inches long, so it’s a great solo tent for a tall person. To minimize weight, it’s only 30 inches high. Trail weight is 2 pounds 15 ounces and MSRP is $219.
The Catoma Limbo 1 is a low (30 inches high) double wall solo tent with a side entry vestibule.
The Limbo 2 is a taller (40 inches) 2-person double-wall tent with end entry and vestibule. The floor measures 56 inches wide by 86 inches long, which is fairly roomy. Trail weight is 3 pounds 15 ounces and MSRP is $279.
The Catoma Limbo 2 is a double wall 2-person tent with an extended entry vestibule at the end.
The Catoma tents definitely have potential for lightweight backpacking. The present construction using 40d ripstop nylon is certainly durable, and the tents are solidly built. However, we are mainly thinking of the Catoma Tents in terms of their POTENTIAL if the weight can be brought down through the use of lighter fabrics.