Four days of scouring the Outdoor Retailer trade show turned up some exciting and unique outdoor products. Here are the highlights in Tents and Shelters.
The Brooks-Range Alpini Bivy Sack offers minimalist hikers an ultralight alternative to traditional tents. The Alpini Bivy Sack uses rugged 40-denier nylon on the bottom for durability and a lightweight, breathable, waterproof 15d nylon shell as the top sheet. This bivy sack balances weight, durability and functionality. Weighing a mere 1.2 pounds, the Alpini Bivy includes good ventilation and bug netting to keep bloodsuckers out while sleeping under the stars.
Lighted and device-charging tents are nothing new, but when dealing with fast-evolving technology it sometimes makes sense to wait some bugs to be ironed out before making a big play. Big Agnes waited until the time was right before creating the mtnGLO collection of tents ranging from big car camping tents to lightweight backpacking tents like the Tumble 2. Big Agnes designers integrated LED lighting directly into the construction of the tent. The lights are powered by a JOEY T55 power pack, which can be charged through standard AC wall power as well as with any portable charging device via USB ports.
If you have two trekking poles, a Tensegrity Elite tent and tent stakes, you are set for the night. Part tarp tent, part three season tent, the Tensegrity Elite series provides protection from the elements and mosquitoes with the simplicity of a tarp. Trekking poles securely brace the wide-head end of the tent broad extension panel greats a very roomy vestibule or—with the addition of a second set of trekking poles—a vast awning sizes for comfortable cooking in wet conditions. The Tensegrity’s tapered design gives the tents a roomier feel while large doors allow plenty of air to flow through while still providing protection from the sun. 2 lbs., 2 oz. Also available in a 1-person version (1 lb., 10oz.).