Pole Supported Technology
NEMO is continually developing new pole technology to optimize our tents’ strength, wind resistance, interior volume, weight, and ease of setup. Innovation of pole supported tents goes beyond the poles themselves. We carefully develop every design feature and piece of hardware with the customer experience in mind.
EASTON ALUMINUM POLES
Berry-compliant shelters use Easton Aluminum poles. These high-strength aerospace quality aluminum poles have a scratch-resistant hard anodized surface, matte low reflectance color, and hard anodized bonded inserts to withstand extreme environments of use.
DAC FEATHERLITE® NSL POLES
DAC Featherlite® NSL poles use a sophisticated system to further reduce weight and increase strength at pole connection points. It is designed to connect different diameters of tent poles without additional parts or weak joints. The poles use a revolutionary jointing system where an expanded end of an insert tube is pressed into the inside of a main tube. Given the elasticity of high strength aluminum, the main tube grips the insert tube tightly and consistently. Featherlite® NSL poles use DAC’s GREEN™ anodization, which avoids the use of toxic heavy metals in the finishing process.
DAC FEATHERLITE® POLES
DAC Featherlite® poles are up to 15% lighter than aluminum poles of comparable strength. Additionally, Featherlite® poles are less susceptible to failure because pole linkages are based on extrusion instead of glued-in inserts. Without the extra insert piece, there is less chance of breakage. Featherlite® poles use DAC’s GREEN™ anodization, which avoids the use of toxic heavy metals in the finishing process.
The aluminum hubs at the front and rear of the tent allow multiple poles to intersect at a single point. This enables a unique pole architecture to be created that allows free-standing support while minimizing the total pole weight for the tent.
VARIABLE DIAMETER POLES
Variable diameter poles have different flexibility along their length. This allows us to steepen the walls of our tents and create more usable space.
A maximum volume to weight ratio was achieved using strategic controlled bends in the aluminum poles. Utilizing bends in just the right places, this pole set creates about one and a half times the volume of standard unbent pole sets of similar weight. Pre-bends are a very good way to increase your living space without increasing your burden on the trail.
MULTIPLE GROMMET ADJUSTMENT
Grommets are an easy way to secure pole end tips during tent setup. Since fabric tension can vary with the amount of moisture in the air, multiple grommets are mounted on a single anchor to allow for ease of setup. This ensures that a tent can be optimally tensioned at all humidity levels.
LOCKING POLE TIPS
Special attachments on the ends of tent poles called Locking Pole Tips help keep poles seated in place when used with grommets. This feature is especially useful when setup of a tent requires multiple grommet anchors.
SNAP CORNERS FOR POLE ENDS
NEMO’s internal pole tents eliminate the need for any pole sleeves, clips, or extra hardware that can add ounces to your packed weight. Button snaps in the tent corners transfer loads directly to the ground, reduce fabric abrasion, and help seat the pole ends, preventing them from shifting.
DIRECT GUYOUT ACCESS
Direct guyout access is a waterproof hooded opening on a rainfly that enables tent users to attach guyout lines directly to tent poles, resulting in much stronger anchors. Tents that have direct guyout access can withstand much higher wind loading.
The sides of certain NEMO tents can be guyed-out for extra lateral ventilation. Anchoring the vents enables the side walls to be lifted away from essential living space to increase the usable volume inside the tent. For Obi™ and Espri™ series tents, you can also use the convenient clips on the fly to attach directly to the side of the tent at these guy-out points. When you pull the fly, you will then also pull the side walls and expand the interior volume of the tent.
Using computer-aided modeling, we built catenary curves into the edges of tent panels. This method of patterning saves extra material and improves the tensioning of the tent.
WATERTIGHT DRYBAG-STYLE STUFF SACK
Many of NEMO’s tents include watertight dry bags. Having your tent in a watertight stuff sack means it won’t take on water weight if it’s in your backpack while you’re hiking in the rain, or if it’s in your kayak when you roll your boat. Alternatively, if you have to pack your tent wet, it will help keep the rest of the gear in your pack dry.
ROLL-UP STYLE STUFF SACK
This Rolls-Royce of stuff sacks makes packing up your tent a breeze. Compartments for the tent, poles, and stakes keep components separated—a handy feature when parts are dirty or wet. The mesh compartment allows fabrics to dry out even when packed. Simply roll up the stuff sack starting from the end, and use the quick release buckles and compression straps to fasten the compact bundle together. Strategic webbing loops allow the sack to be hung from a tree or to be used as a camp organizer.
NEMO tents include a special pocket for your headlamp with a light diffusing fabric. Place your lamp in the pocket with the light facing towards the inside of the tent, and the Light Pocket™ will help cast an even glow throughout the tent interior.
Plugging our measurements into computer modeling programs allows us to optimize various aspects of the tent without building completely new prototypes. Once our design is in the computer, we can alter the length, the height, or any other dimension to discover how it will effect the overall shape of the tent.
EASTON ALUMINUM STAKES
Berry-compliant Easton 7075-T9 aluminum tent stakes are made with a solid aluminum head and a highly durable swaged endpoint. For easy removal, nylon cord is fixed to the endcap.
DAC’s J-stakes have many innovative features. The unique cross section of the J-stake has a widened center and tapered ends. This allows the stake to bear a considerable amount of force for its size and be anchored securely while minimizing its weight. Usability is increased with smooth edges on the top of the stake that protect users’ feet and a deadman groove that makes the J-stake usable even when buried in sand or snow. Anodized in a low-reflectance matte black, J-stakes use DAC’s GREEN™ anodization, which avoids the use of toxic heavy metals in the finishing process.