by Alan Dixon | 2005-01-29 03:00:00-07
The two person NEMO Hypno AR tent weighs 3.25 pounds. Not bad for a free standing tent.
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 the two- person Hypno AR tent. Needless to say, NEMO has a lot of patents pending on their tent designs.
While the Hypno AR is squarely targeted at lightweight backpacking, NEMO also feels that it will work as a four-person puppy pile tent for adventure racers.
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 Hypno AR uses a 30-denier silnylon for the majority of the shell. As such it is not as breathable as the Epic fabric Burrito but saves weight. A new fabric, 2 oz/yd2 Dimension Polyant X-Pac (20%), forms a skeleton for high stress areas such as the air beams. The floor is a lighter silnylon compared to the more durable 70-denier coated nylon on the Burrito. Major wear areas are reinforced with Hypalon.
We’re curious about this tent and have been promised one to test as soon as possible.
The tent has a single door with mosquito netting backing, two large side vents with awnings, side guyouts with carbon fiber struts, and breathable panels on the tent body.
"NEMO Hypno AR – Two-person Air Supported Tent First Look (Outdoor Retailer Winter Market 2005)," by Alan Dixon. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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