Outdoor Retailer wrapped up at the end of last week. I’m still trying to sort through all the cool new stuff that I saw, but If you want to have a quick look at some of my favorite new women’s gear or gear under $100, head on over to Adventure Sports Network. Here on the site, I’ll post some more gear from the show, as well as gear from the OutDoor Show in Munich coming up the end of this week.
First up — Nemo. In the ultralight world, one pound is the ultimate goal for a one-person tent. In the past, this has been done by using crazy light fabric like Cuben Fiber, which then ups the price of the tent to astronomical levels. Nemo has hit that one pound target with their new Rocket 1P and there is no CF in sight.
Nemo was able to achieve the one pound weight through a combination of a hybrid construction that offers the benefits of a single-walled tent with the ventilation of a traditional mesh inner tent and a new T-pole system. You could even shave a few more ounces by ditching the poles altogether and instead tie off the top guylines to a tree.
The Rocket 1P features a surprisingly spacious interior for a one-person tent and big vestibule for storing all your gear. The self-equalizing corner system with carbon fiber struts adds interior volume, wind-shedding stability, and allows for easy tensioning.
The minimum packed size is 21.5 x 4.5 inches, so won’t take up much room in your backpack. No word yet on price, but you can expect this ultralight tent to drop in time for all those thru-hike starts next spring.
Also cool from Nemo was their new Sweepstake tent stake. Weighing just one ounce each, these aluminum stakes feature an integrated polymer biscuit that not only swipes your stake clean, but also glows in the dark so you don’t trip over the guylines at night.