JPFreek Adventure Magazine gave Morpho AR™ their Favorite Award in the 2009 Gear Guide.
“One of the most important elements I look for in a tent is how well it will hold up in the elements. Let me assure you that with the Morpho AR’s fully seamed taped and waterproof OSMO breathable fabric, there isn’t anything getting between you and a good nights rest except maybe your tent mate snoring.” Jeff Haley, tester.
JPFreek is an online publication covering outdoor adventure, specifically involving Jeeps. The staff includes a broad range of Jeep owners, hikers, climbers, skydivers and more. Check ‘em out here.
Outside Magazine’s December issue includes, listing their top 100 picks for the best ideas, people and trends of 2008. NEMO’s OZ Bamboo Poles were given a thumbs up and listed as #52. Here’s what they had to say;
‘Bamboo tent poles, like the ones NEMO is launching in the spring, sound promising enough.’
NEMO is expecting to launch these poles as an accessory to their Nano OZ recycled tent in late 2009. Please check the website in January for more info.
In the Gear section of its Nov-Dec issue, Paddler highlights NEMO’s new 2009 double wall bivy, Gogo EX .
“Food. Water. Shelter. All essentials of life. All too often, us tough guys remember two of them – food and water – but abandon the third. And then that first raindrop splatters across our foreheads. Sure wish we had brought a tent, forgetting their weight and size. Seems NEMO solved that debate with the Gogo EX , a 2.5 lbs. AirSupported tent that sets up in 15 seconds. And, you can pack it into a 7.5″ X 7″ stuff sack. No more debate.”
“How roomy is this tent? Some testers climbed inside and thought they’d received a three-person version by mistake. The Nano easily let one couple sprawl out with their 70-pound Lab. The single-wall hybrid pitches from the inside, meaning you climb in it to fit the two crossing poles into the corners and secure them with Velcro attachments. The atypical setup confers a unique benefit: In the rain, testers stayed dry-as did the interior-since they were inside while pitching it.”
For the full story, please check out Backpacker’s November 2008 issue.
NEMO is once again ahead of the curve in tent design. Nano OZ, a lightweight backpacking tent made from recycled content, has been announced for 2009. Nano OZ was designed with the goal of making a sturdy 2 person tent comprised mainly of recycled content without sacrificing quality. It includes more recycled and recyclable materials (90%) than any other tent currently on the market.
“There’s no substitute for confidence in your gear, especially your tent. We have carefully researched and tested the recycled components of Nano OZ to ensure their durability, longevity and functionality. Tents require extremely technical fabrics and it is difficult to find recycled materials that meet the stringent tests we perform to ensure quality. We are proud of our accomplishment – it is one of many steps that NEMO is taking and we hope to encourage our industry partners to do the same. We are a young, small company and enjoy constantly challenging ourselves to build better and more sustainable products,” says Cam Brensinger, president and founder of NEMO.
Patterned after NEMO’s popular new tent, Nano, Nano OZ is all about efficiency. Its shape is computer optimized to yield the perfect balance of strength and interior volume. The bold catenary curves at the base of the tent cut out wasted fabric and increase tension in the walls, facilitating wind resistance and water shedding. An integrated vestibule saves weight by eliminating attachment hardware and rolls out of the way when not needed. An optional Footprint and machine washable Pawprint are also available as accessories.
All of NEMO’s aluminum poled tents, including Nano OZ, utilize DAC’s GREEN anodization process which avoids the use of toxic heavy metals in the anodizing process. The poles can also be recycled. In continuing their quest for innovation and environmentally conscious design, NEMO is also exploring how bamboo poles can be integrated into future tent designs. Bamboo has been trusted in fly rod construction for over 100 years because of its strength and flexibility. The NEMO design team believes that these benefits will correlate with the essential properties of tent poles. While the poles will be undergoing rigorous testing over the next year, bamboo poles are expected to be an accessory for Nano OZ in 2010.
Overland Journal, a high-end magazine covering off-road adventures for 4X4 enthusiasts, recently honored NEMO’s Morpho AR™ with its Value Award. Morpho™ was praised for it’s fast pitch, space, weight, weather resistance and innovative technology.
The article was one of the best we’ve read for explaining condensation, properties of fabrics, different kinds of tents and things to consider when making a purchase. For the entire article, click here.
What happens to all of the samples and manufacturing rejects outdoor companies produce? We at NEMO didn’t know either, but instead of throwing our tents out, we’ve been storing them until we could come up with a better answer.
Skating back from the local taco cart one afternoon, a brilliant idea came to the NEMO crew-make re-usable bags out of the old tents. By making a sustainable product out of repurposed tents, we save some trees, some petroleum and the landfills from garbage. And so the design process began.
With help from our local Easter Seals chapter, the tents were disassembled in our studio, giving a few people with disabilities an opportunity to work and learn a new skill. The bags were then patterned and sewn by a manufacturing company here in New Hampshire.
Team Nike, supported by NEMO Equipment, has won the 2008 Primal Quest in Big Sky, Montana. Finishing in 5 days, 11 hours, 19 minutes and 45 seconds, Team Nike covered 512 miles with over 100,000 feet of vertical gain. They beat their closest competitor by nearly 15 hours. This is Team Nike’s 5th consecutive Primal Quest adventure race victory.
Team Nike used NEMO’s Nano Elite, our new adventure racing shelter for 2009. Nano Elite is designed to be a 4 person adventure racing tent or 2 person ultralight backpacking tent. Constructed of 20D Sil/PU Nylon with a removable mesh door, Nano Elite weighs just 2.8 lbs. Look for Nano Elite spring 2009 at NEMO Equipment .
The current adventure racing world champion team is made up of Mike Kloser, of Vail, CO; Monique Merrill of Breckenridge, CO; Michael Tobin of Boise, ID; and New Zealand endurance phenom Chris Forne.
Alison Gannett, world champion extreme freeskier and award-winning global cooling consultant, joins NEMO Equipment, Inc., manufacturer of AirSupported and Extreme Conditions tents, as an ambassador.
Alison’s background traveling the world on ski expeditions and helping design green products makes her an excellent fit for NEMO, which has a growing history of designing revolutionary products for the backcountry, and for supporting both serious adventurers and the environment.
“NEMO strongly believes in supporting the athletes that are pushing the limits of what’s possible today with the best gear possible. We are a young company and from the beginning we’ve challenged what was thought possible from both a product standpoint and an environmental one. Teaming up with Alison just felt like a great fit. She’s a real pioneer for the outdoor industry,” says Cam Brensinger, president of NEMO Equipment, Inc.
“I’m thrilled to be working with NEMO and am excited about their dedication to making the greenest tent on the market. I try to use the greenest products, as I feel that with every purchase we vote with our dollars-approving of how our gear was made, what it was made with, who made it and under what conditions. Not only do I want the lightest and highest performing gear, but I want the greenest gear possible. NEMO’s commitment to designing the next generation of high-quality, innovative backpacking tents that utilize the largest percentage of recycled materials in the industry is exactly the kind of project and company I want to partner with,” says Alison.
After taking Gogo out in the field, Alison had this to say, “When I tried my first NEMO tent, the Gogo, I could not believe how easy the airbeam was to inflate and deflate and how strong it was in epic conditions. I need the best gear for foul weather, but every gram counts when bike touring or ski mountaineering. By losing the traditional metal pole system, you free yourself of so much weight and bulk.”
On Wednesday, July 2nd, the NEMO crew headed to Jenness Beach for the monthly clean up. It was a beautiful day and there happened to be a great surf…weird how the timing worked out. After catching a few good waves, we headed out with our garbage bags to pick up over 95 lbs of rope, bottles, and other trash.
If you’re interested in joining us for our next clean up, please shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or, contact the Blue Ocean Society at Blue Ocean Society