How CAT Systems Work

Early altitude simulation devices worked by forcibly reducing the total air pressure. Such hypobaric chambers are heavy, expensive, and rather uncomfortable to use.

CAT's systems duplicate the reduced oxygen availability found at high altitude by lowering the percentage of oxygen in the air. For example, a CAT system will reduce the oxygen content from 20.9% to 15.2% to simulate 9,000 feet at sea level. CAT has successfully created such simulated-altitude environments in a wide variety of enclosures including; tents, rooms, modular enclosures, environmental chambers, and also via masks.

Whether up a mountain, in a hypobaric chamber, or in a CAT system, the number of oxygen molecules inspired per breath, and consequently the physiological effects, are the same.

CAT's simulated altitude systems have two main components:

  • Altitude Air Generator: CAT 9, CAT 12, or CAT 23 high performance air units are the state-of-the-art in altitude simulation technology. Our experienced team of engineers designed the CAT Air Units to provide the maximum air flow possible, meaning our systems the most comfortable on the market. Your desired altitude is achieved quickly and maintained comfortably with a stream of fresh low-oxygen air. The CAT 12 Air Unit simulates up to 12,000 feet, while the less expensive CAT 9 Air Unit achieves 9,000 feet at sea level. The new CAT-23 is for research and aviation systems.
  • The Enclosure: CAT can retrofit your bedroom, office or home gym to an altitude room. Experience living at high altitude in the comfort of your own home with a Custom Room Conversion, Custom Clear Room, or Tent. Our Colorado-made Tents come in two standard sizes, or can be custom made to your requirements, and are easily installed in your bedroom.

Controlled systems will also include:

  • CAT Digital Controller,... this unique control system is the ultimate in high altitude technology, and can be used to control the entire system and stabilize it at the desired altitude.