Technology – Materials
Advanced material development and testing is a mainstay at NEMO. We pride ourselves on staying ahead of the curve by exploring peripheral industries and collaborating with partners to develop custom textiles. We have the utmost confidence in the materials chosen for our tents. NEMO fabrics undergo rigorous testing to ensure that weight, performance, and durability are optimal for a given application.
NEMO’s waterproof/breathable fabric, OSMO™, continues to set the standard for breathability in single wall tents. OSMO™ is a 40D high-tenacity polyester ripstop with a hydrophobic microporous PU coating that is extremely breathable across a broad range of humidities. The polyester is naturally UV-resistant and doesn’t sag when wet. OSMO™ is also highly durable, chemical-resistant, lightweight, and abrasion-resistant.
OSMO™ ELITE WATERPROOF/BREATHABLE
OSMO™ Elite is one of the lightest waterproof/breathable (w/b) tent fabrics on the market. The featherweight high tenacity nylon ripstop base fabric is coated with a proprietary w/b layer that enables water vapor to be transported out at an incredible rate. The w/b layer is constructed from an innovative new type of urethane polymer, minimizing weight and bulk.
Developed for the most extreme weather conditions on earth, OSMO™ EC is designed to handle heavy doses of sun, snow, wind, and rain without batting an eyelash. OSMO™ EC is especially resistant against continuous UV exposure with its innovative woven construction of high-tenacity polyester threads cross-reinforced with Dyneema. The exterior surface is treated with a UV-inhibiting agent and PU-coated on the interior for complete weatherproofness.
X-PLY® AIRBEAM FABRIC
The outer fabric layer of NEMO’s airbeams provides the shape, strength, and puncture resistance in a lightweight package. Developed with renowned sailcloth manufacturer Dimension-Polyant, NEMO’s Multi-Laminate X-PLY® fabric accomplishes all of this with incredible dimensional stability and excellent seam holding strength. Orientated X-PLY® yarns are inserted into high-tenacity base fabric for even greater strength. The dimensional stability helps maintain the beam shape and strength given the airbeam’s low operating pressure.
Hypalon® is a tough and versatile reinforcement fabric able to withstand high temperatures, oxidizing chemicals, extreme weather, and UV. Its low moisture absorption and excellent abrasion resistance make it a natural choice for use in high-wear areas of the tent.
HYPERLIGHT 10D WATERPROOF FABRIC
NEMO’s hyperlight 10D waterproof fabric is the lightest woven waterproof fabric currently used in the tent industry. With unprecedented tear strength and weatherproofness for its weight class, this 10D high-tenacity PU coated nylon ripstop is one of the most advanced textiles in the industry.
ULTRALIGHT 20D WATERPROOF FABRIC
NEMO’s 20D waterproof fabric is made for adventures where every ounce matters. Engineered to yield the perfect balance of tear strength, waterproofness, abrasion resistance, and weight, this 20D high tenacity PU-coated nylon ripstop is one of the most advanced textiles available on the market.
30D WATERPROOF FABRIC
NEMO’s 30D waterproof fabric is lightweight without compromising on performance and durability. The nylon ripstop fabric is coated with a non-hydrolyzing PU to 1,500 mm hydrostatic resistance for waterproofness. The exterior of the fabric is treated with a super-DWR to help shed water droplets and prevent wetting out the base fabric.
75D WATERPROOF FABRIC
UV-resistant 75D polyester is woven into a tear-resistant ripstop pattern, enhancing the durability of the fabric. The PU coated fabric shields against rain and minimizes wind gusts. The exterior is coated with a long-lasting DWR, which aids water shedding and repellency.
70D FLOOR FABRIC
Durable floors can increase the lifespan of tents used in rugged expeditions and extended base camps. NEMO’s 70D nylon taffeta floor is no exception with excellent abrasion resistance, tear strength, and durability. The fabric is coated for waterproofness with a non-hydrolyzing PU to 5,000 mm hydrostatic resistance. The exterior of the fabric is treated with a super-DWR to help shed water droplets and prevent wetting out the base fabric.
30D FLOOR FABRIC
Made from 30D nylon ripstop, the floor fabric’s high thread count gives it better abrasion resistance and higher tear strength. The fabric is coated for waterproofness with a non-hydrolyzing PU to 5,000 mm hydrostatic resistance. The exterior of the fabric is treated with a super-DWR to help shed water droplets and prevent wetting out the base fabric.
NEMO’s no-see-um mesh uses an optimized knit pattern to reduce weight and increase airflow. The result is better breathability, while still keeping the insects out. NEMO’s no-see-um mesh is 30% lighter than other standard no-see-um meshes on the market.
The UVX window allows you to check conditions outside the tent without exposing yourself or your gear to the elements. The window is optically clear, non-yellowing, non-clouding, UV resistant, and remains flexible in cold temperatures.
WELDED SEAM CONSTRUCTION
Welded seams offer a cleaner construction by eliminating the need for stitching and seam tape.
NEMO tents use genuine Bemis seam tape that is optimized for longevity and compatibility for all NEMO fabrics. The thermoplastic film provides a uniform waterproof barrier when applied over stitching on the inside of the tent.