Katabatic Gear originated in 2009 out of Aaron Martray’s desire to create a warm, light, sleeping experience using quilt style sleeping bags, known today as simply, quilts. Katabatic’s intentional design approach began, and moves forward with, some key tenets in mind such as draft control, lightweight durable construction, and simplicity. Katabatic facilitates positive front and backcountry adventures by providing quilts and other backcountry gear that revolve around sleep, that time of rest during a trip that sets the tone for the overall experience.
The Katabatic team, including Aaron and his partner Kris, are thru-hikers of the Colorado Trail, Continental Divide Trail, Pacific Crest Trail, the Hayduke, and others. Beyond backpacking, the gear has been designed and tested through bikepacking, paddling, climbing, and plenty of car camping trips. From the dry deserts in Utah, to the often unpredictable Yukon, Katabatic’s gear is built for challenging conditions.
Katabatic is based in Salida, CO, a Continental Divide Trail Gateway community, and also sees hikers and bikepackers from the Colorado Trail. Known as a mountain biking, skiing, boating, and general outdoor destination, Salida is located in a unique high desert environment east of the geographic continental divide with the highest concentration of Colorado 14ers in the country in view to the west. It’s a place ripe for creating and testing gear to get out there.
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