2012 Backpacking Light Staff Picks

SIREN150“NEMO has entered the sleeping gear market in a big way and being a backpacking-quilt fan, my favorite item is their Siren 30 quilt. Using top-notch materials…it is the nicest retail quilt I have seen to date…I think it is accurately rated at 30F, but I took it lower by adding a down sweater into the mix. I think what I like the most about it is just the fact that a large manufactuerer is noticing and catering to us quilt users,” said Ray Estrella. To see NEMO’s entire Limited Edition sleeping bag line, click here.

Helio Pressure Shower Wins Gear of the Year From Men’s Journal

GOY_12_cropped[1]“A backcountry shower may sound like too much of a luxury to fit in your pack, but the Helio stuffs down to a respectable 5.5″ x 8.5″ package and weighs a modest 25 ounces. Step on the foot pump to increase the pressure and enjoy the spray nozzle jet (and fairly warm water, too, if you let it sit in the sun all day). And why even worry about packing it??” it’s an especially welcome relief back at a car base camp after a muddy ride or dank, dusty day of canyoneering.” Learn more about Helio Pressure Shower. To see more Gear of the Year winners, click here.

NEMO Donates Sleeping Bags to Hurricane Sandy Relief

steve_bags_web[3]Our neighbors in New York and New Jersey have been hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, a fire that destroyed over 100 homes and a Nor’easter that buried the still standing homes and wreckage under several inches of snow earlier this month. While we know New Yorkers are a resilient bunch, we also know they need our help. With guidance from Robin Hood, NEMO has sent 50 sleeping bags to St. John’s Bread and Life in Brooklyn. “We had sleeping bag samples left over from our 2011 Adventure Product Testing Program that we had set aside with the intent of donating; we just hadn’t yet picked the organization. When Hurricane Sandy and the following Nor’easter hit, we knew there’d be a need. We’re glad we were able to do something for our neighbors in New York and we’ve put the word out to other outdoor industry companies, hoping they’ll jump on board,” said Cam Brensinger, president and founder of NEMO. For more information on how you can help in the wake of Hurricane Sandy, you can contact Robin Hood or The Red Cross.

Women’s Harmony Spoon Bag Gets Nod From Greenwala

Spoon_Harmony_Blanketfold2_cropped[1]NEMO’s Ingenious New Spoon Sleeping Bags “NEMO has done it again – put me in a swoon over one of their brilliant designs….they’re beautiful and they are as innovative as I’ve come to expect from NEMO. The spoon shape sets them apart from other bags and introduces a new level of comfort.” “…With this spoon shaped NEMO bag, you don’t feel at all constrained. Your knees and legs are free to shuffle about as much as they want and it really feels big in there, plenty of room.” See the rest of the review on Greenwala.

Helio Pressure Shower Reviewed on WildSnow

helio_bikeThe cool evenings and this post from WildSnow are reminding us that ski season is right around the corner.Helio™ Pressure Shower has definitely become a NEMO employee favorite for all of its varied uses. We’ve taken it to the beach for post-surf showers, watered the office plants, hosed off Maisey’s paws after a muddy frisbee session and of course, took a backcountry shower after a great day on the trail.

Tango Duo Wins Dirtbag Award from

New England-based and focused bestowed its first-ever Dirtbag Award on NEMO’s Tango Duo. “Traditionally a tent making manufacturer with some sleeping pads tossed into the mix too, it’s only logical for NEMO to start making sleeping bags. They’ve got a list of new bags that have been in development for quite some time now. But the two that we looked at and paid the most attention to was the Tango Duo, $449.95, and the Muse Duvet, from $129.95 – $249.95. The Tango is something I would curl up in while sleeping in the back of my truck or to cuddle up to with a climbing partner…Aside from the price, this bag is the perfect back of the truck piece. The Muse Duvet is a cool concept, it’s a two-in-one bag. It is essentially a duvet you can toss over yourself and a partner in the cold parking lot or at the crag. If you’re a sleep-aloner, you can zip it up and use it as a sleeping bag. Both bags are down, compress well and are lightweight. But I don’t think you’ll be carrying it with you into the backcountry, you’ll likely leave it in the back of the pickup. Dirtbag Award: We liked the concept and where NEMO is heading with this…Sure there are blankets you can pick up at the Salvation Army or wherever, but watch out for bed bugs and you wouldn’t be supporting a company who is stationed here in the NE!” The Muse Duvet and Tango Duo are both currently available for pre-order, delivering in Sept. You can reserve yours at

NEMO’s Spoon Shape Series Sleeping Bags Win Outside Magazine’s Gear of the Show at Outdoor Retailer

GOS-OR12-metallogo_web[1]Outside Magazine awarded NEMO’s Spoon Shape Series sleeping bags with its Gear of the Show award on Aug. 2nd at the Outdoor Retailer Summer Market 2012 Show. Meant as a precursor to the Gear of the Year awards given twice a year in Outside’s Buyer’s Guides – the Gear of the Show recognizes innovative products that the editors can’t wait to get their hands on to test. Only eight of the industry’s top products were bestowed the honor. “The Spoon is unique in that, up until now, there have really only been two sleeping bag shapes – ‘relaxed fit’ which is wide and comfy, but maybe not as thermally efficient, and ‘mummy’, which is narrow and warm, but sometimes not as comfortable. I’ve definitely heard complaints about this from readers and consumers – people can’t seem to find the sweet spot between warm enough and strait jacket…The Spoon Shape mixes the best of both worlds, creating a bag that you hope is as comfortable as the first type (relaxed) with the thermal efficiency of a mummy. So, we can’t wait to get our hands on it!” said Alicia Carr-Troxell, Outside’s Associate Managing Editor. What makes the Spoon Shape Series different? - The unique design follows your body’s contour to maximize comfort and warmth. There’s extra space around your elbows and knees to better accommodate side sleepers. - The waterproof/breathable footbox protects against tent wall condensation. - The highest quality insulations and baffling system are incorporated: PrimaLoft SYNERGY for the synthetic bags and DownTek water repellant 700 fill power down with Insotect Flow for the down bags. - An insulated Blanket Fold tucks in for warmth and adds home-like comfort. - Ultralight down-proof ripstop nylon shell. - 2-way zipper allows venting from the top and bottom of the bag. “Our entire sleeping bag line started with this one simple thought: maybe the traditional mummy shape isn’t the best design for a good night’s sleep in the outdoors. Over the last two years, we’ve researched how people sleep and came to the realization that almost nobody sleeps, well, like a mummy. We’ve developed the Spoon Shape to free your legs and unshackle your feet. Through extensive user testing we’ve refined the design to more closely mimic your body and accommodate all sleeping positions,” said Suzanne Turell, NEMO’s Director of Design. By partnering with the industry’s best insulation and technology companies, NEMO’s Spoon Shape Series offers the highest performing insulations the company has ever tested. PrimaLoft SYNERGY brings all the benefits of PrimaLoft (insulates even when wet, highly durable, extremely compressible), with the advantages of continuous filament technology for more loft, softness, and home-like comfort. The 700 fill power down withDownTek nanotechnology provides a water repellant treatment that maximizes down’s ability to insulate, even in the presence of moisture. And Insotect Flow, a flow-optimized insulation system that delivers uniform heat distribution and natural body contouring through its revolutionary vertical baffle design. The bags are offered in DownTek at 15 and 30 degrees and in PrimaLoft SYNERGY at 25 and 40 degrees. While the full-scale, global launch with outdoor specialty retailers kicks off spring 2013, a small production run of hand-numbered bags can be pre-ordered for September 2012 delivery, on a first come, first-served basis through NEMO’s microsite.

Espri LE 3P, One of Outside’s 7 Best Tents of Summer

2011ESPRI_LE3P_fly1Espri LE 3P “BEST FOR: Keeping your options open. THE TEST: Sometimes you need a huge vestibule, sometimes you don’t need one at all. We like that the 38 square-foot Espri lets you choose. Go with a simple door flap and save a few ounces, or zip on the mammoth 24 square-foot Trekking Pole Vestibule (optional)for an all-weather kitchen. And though we generally prefer double doors, a single portal can be worth the weight savings, especially when it’s as large as the Espri’s…[it] is remarkably sturdy for a tall, four-and-a-half pound tent, thanks to a trio of ultralight poles that intersect at three spots.” Buy it now.

Obi Elite 2P Fastpacking with Trail Runner

June_cover_webTrail Runner’s June issue includes a Gear Guide encompassing the best gear for a wide range of running – from hybrid runners hitting the road and trail to mountain runners spending several hours covering challenging mountainous terrain and crazy elevation changes to fastpackers carrying overnight gear as they take to the trails. NEMO’s Obi Elite 2P was featured as a great tool for your fastpacking kit. Highlighting its light weight, dual doors/vestibules and DAC featherlite aluminum poles, Obi Elite 2P was one of only two tents recommended to include in your fastpacking quiver.