Recently picked up the Marmot Catalyst 3P as a backpacking…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $220 CAD


Recently picked up the Marmot Catalyst 3P as a backpacking tent with enough room for myself, my fiancé, and a 45-lb dog, and it didn't disappoint. Roomy and easy to assemble, the Catalyst took wind and rain without issue. Love the double door/vestibule.

My only complaint is that there aren't any vents on the fly, so there is an issue with condensation in the morning. Hardly a deal-breaker, however.


  • Roomy
  • Easy to set up
  • Good weight for 3P


  • Condensation buildup

I was largely weighing the Catalyst against the North Face Stormbreak 3 and the North Face Talus 3, and it was the inclusion of the groundsheet that sold me on the Catalyst. 

6lbs (closer to 7 with pegs and ground sheet) is a touch on the heavy side for backpacking, and I wouldn't recommend it for any solo expeditions, but split between two (or if you want things rather tight, three) people, I don't think it's unreasonable at all.


Welcome to Trailspace, Dustin! Thanks for the review of your tent.

2 years ago

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