Nemo Equipment of Nashua, NH: 2011 Ultralight Tents

Nemo Equipment continues to produce some ground-breaking ultralight tents from its home in Nashua, N.H. Since I profiled the company two years ago as part of my ongoing series of Northeast-based gear companies (see end of post), Nemo Equipment has released some noteworthy new designs. Here are the ones that caught my attention.

**Note that packed weight most closely approximates camping reality. Minimum weight includes the tent, fly, and poles but not stakes, stuff sack, guylines, etc.

OBI Series
The lightest of the light.
Obi 1-person and Obi Elite 1-person: packed weight 3 pounds, 3 ounces and 2 pounds, 7 ounces, respectively; minimum weights 2 pounds, 8 ounces and 1 pound, 15 ounces. Minimalist double-walled pole-supported tents. The standard ($349) uses 20 denier nylon fabric in its rainfly, an astoundingly thin thread. The Obi Elite ($399) is Nemo's lightest weight poled tent and shaves the ounces down by using a whisper-thin 10-denier nylon in the rainfly. If you laid out 9 kilometers of the thread used in the Obi Elite rainfly, it would weigh only 10 grams, or barely a third of an ounce! This is the smallest denier I've yet seen in any outdoor gear. (Here's a definition of denier from one of my previous posts.)

Obi 2-person: packed weight 3 pounds, 10 ounces; minimum weight 3 pounds, 0 ounces. Like so many ultralight tents, ounces are saved by sacrificing length (and tall customers)β€”it runs only 84 inches in length. $389

META Series
Ultralight singlewall designs that provide significantly more room than the Obi Series for the same weight. Instead of tent poles, the tents use trekking poles.

Meta 2-person: As a tall guy, the 96-inch length of this one really catches my attention. Packed weight 3 pounds, 9 ounces; minimum weight 2 pounds, 15 ounces. Won a 2010 Editors' Choice award from Backpacker Magazine. $369

Meta 1-person: A one-person shelter that's 1oo inches long, another great tall-person option. Packed weight 2 pounds, 8 ounces; Minimum weight 1 pound, 15 ounces. $299

Support your Northeast gear companies! Here are the 11 others I've profiled to date:
Delorme (Yarmouth, Maine)
Ibex Outdoor Clothing (White River Junction, Vt.)
Jetboil (Manchester, N.H.)
New England Ropes (Fall River, Mass.)
Nemo Equipment (Manchester, N.H.)
Orion Signal and Survival Products (Easton, Md.)
Dermatone Sunscreen (Windsor, Ct.)
Darn Tough Socks (Northfield, Vt.)
STABILicers (Biddeford, Maine)
Noble Biomaterials (Scranton, Pa.)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear (Biddeford, Maine)
New Balance (Boston, Mass.)

Have a suggestion for a Northeast-based gear company to profile? Please let me know!

β€œEquipped” is an AMC Outdoors blog, written by Matt Heid.

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