NEMO Burrito - Air Supported Tent First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)

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by Alan Dixon | 2005-01-29 03:00:00-07

NEMO is debuting a line of tents supported by air filled beams. Their idea is to create “some of the easiest to use, fastest to setup, and most compact tents . . . . for three season backpacking.” They are targeting their tents for adventure racers “or any kind of adventure where weight, speed and simplicity are paramount.” NEMO claims a setup time of 15 seconds for their two-person tent. Needless to say NEMO has a lot of patents pending on their tent designs.

The solo Burrito and its two-person brother, the Hypo AR, are squarely targeted at lightweight backpacking. The free-standing Hypo AR weighs 3.25 pounds and was not at Backcountry Basecamp but will be on the main show floor tomorrow. Stay tuned for another release about this two-person tent before the end of the show.

The one-person NEMO Burrito. The black arches front and rear are actually two redundant air beams, one inside the tent and one outside (four total for this tent).

Take a NEMO Air Supported Technology tent out of the stuff sack and attach the 4-ounce air pump and just pump it up. No more threading and clipping of tent poles. When you’re ready to take it down, let the air out, and fold it up.

NEMO Burrito has breathable Epic fabric for the majority of the shell (70%) supplemented by 30-denier silnylon (30%). A new fabric, 2 oz/yd2 Dimension Polyant X-Pac, forms a skeleton for high stress areas such as the air beams. The floor is a durable 70-denier coated nylon. According to Chris Dickey, the Burrito is a fully featured shelter somewhere between a bivy sack and a tent. At 3 pounds it is not the lightest solo shelter, but we’re still interested in taking one for a test spin to see if it has enough performance advantages to justify its weight. Obviously, we are a bit more interested in their Hypo AR. (NEMO claims that four friendly adventure racers can fit into this tent.)

Detail of some features: Two urethane windows, lots of tie out points, two side doors with mosquito netting (one on either side of the tent), and four vents. The multiple vents and Epic fabric should help with condensation inside the shelter.

SPECS for the Burrito

  • Single person, 3-season tent
  • 3 pounds
  • 18 ft2 (1.7 m2) floor area
  • 123 in (312 cm) long x 36 in (91.5 cm) wide x 27 in (68.5 cm) high
  • Main pitch with a single front and rear stakeout, additional stakeouts increase the stability of the tent in high winds
  • Includes a 4 oz pump or alternate lighter integrated pump
  • MSRP $295

SPECS for the NEMO Burrito vs. EMS MoonShadow

  • Single person, 3-season tent , EMS Same
  • 3 lbs 4 oz (tent is 3 lbs, but requires a 4 oz pump), EMS 2 lbs 15 oz. (no pump required)
  • 18 ft2 floor area, EMS 26 ft2 floor area
  • Nemo-No Vestibule, EMS 10 ft2 vesti
  • peak height 27’’ (can you sit up in it?), EMS 34”
  • Main pitch with a single front and rear stakeout, additional stakeouts increase the stability of the tent in high winds, EMS Free standing, 6 stake outs + guy outs.
  • Includes a 4 oz pump or alternate lighter integrated pump, EMS no pump (Easton Carbon Fiber frame)
  • Nemo MSRP $295 (available online Spring 2005), (available 4/05) Retail $239

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