Posted by Miles Arbour
Nemo’s 2019 Spring / Summer line was announced today, and it includes a refresh of their sleeping pad line, new innovations, and some notable changes to their tents and sleeping bags. “I’m incredibly proud of this new line,” shares Cam Brensinger, Founder, CEO, and Lead Designer at Nemo. “We tackled some difficult challenges that required great teamwork between design and engineering. The most satisfying part of the process is making new things and new solutions—design that moves people and improves their experience of adventure. I believe we accomplished that again this year.”
We’ve had positive experiences using Nemo products in the past, including the Hornet Elite 2P tent, the Gogo Elite Shelter, and the Tensor Field Insulated sleeping pad, so we’re looking forward to getting on our hands on some of these updated products to test out. Read on for complete details.
2019 Nemo Tent Updates
Both the Hornet and Hornet Elite models have been updated with a horizontal support, called the Flybar, designed to increase head room within the tent. This looks to be a great addition to the tents as we found the Nemo Hornet Elite 2P a bit crowded with two people inside.
The Rocket 2P, weighs in at just 1lb. 6oz., and is based around Nemo’s new T-frame design that’s said to increase both the livability and comfort within the tent. The Rocket 2P is part of the new “ultra-ultra-lightweight” line.
The Dragonfly, available in both a 1-person and 2-person model, offers large doors and vestibules, an intuitive set up, internal organization, and a roomier interior when compared to some of the more lightweight offerings. You won’t get a sub-2lb. shelter with the Dragonfly, but you’ll get an affordable blend of durability and weight that will appeal to some bikepackers out there.
2019 Nemo Sleeping Pads
The Nemo sleeping pad line includes plenty of updates and new products. The new Layflow valve, introduced across the entire line of pads, promises a zero-profile design and high adjustability. Plus, this year sees the introduction of the closed-cell foam Switchback pad, the body-contoured Cosmo 3D, and the highly insulated Tensor Alpine. To learn more, check out the new sleeping pad lineup here.
2019 Nemo Sleeping Bags
The updates to the new Nemo sleeping bag lineup focus on ultralight performance, and the addition of a high-quality synthetic insulation may be of interest to folks who prefer not to use down bags. The new synthetic insulation is promised to match or beat the weight and compressibility of a 650 down-fill bag, making it a great alternative.
The Kayu and Aya round out the technical, lightweight down sleeping bag offerings. However, perhaps the most interesting thing is the introduction of a new ultralight quilt. The Banshee Down Quilt uses 850-fill power down, an ultralight 10D nylon exterior, and includes a full zipper to transform into a normal bag on cooler nights. The Banshee weighs in at 1lb 11oz (770g) and is rated for 20°F (-7°C). The Siren Down Quilt saw some updates for this year, in an effort to shed more weight from your kit. The Siren is made entirely from 10D nylon, uses the same 850-fill power down as the Banshee, and the backless design lashes around most sleeping pads with the simple cord system. The Siren weighs in at 1lb 5oz. (600g) and is rated for 45°F (7°C).
In addition to all of the new and updated products above, Nemo has also released several camping accessories that can be seen online at NemoEquipment.com. Stay tuned for more news on these products, and head over to the Nemo website for further details and to find local retailers.