Most of the time, adjustments to outdoor gear are available gradual and incremental steps: a barely extra waterproof and breathable material, a bit grippier shoe sole, a lighter or extra compressible sleeping bag. But the brand new Sea to Summit line of tents—the ultralight Alto one-person and two-person, and the almost-as-light Telos two-person and three-person—signify a decent soar in efficiency and design that will likely be making outside dwelling extra gratifying and extra comfy for tent dwellers.

The designers have addressed, and overcome, three key sticking factors of what could make sheltering in tents annoying. The first is area: No one desires to be cooped up in a cramped and low-slung tent. The second is air flow: Every tent dweller has woken as much as dripping ceilings and moist gear, figuring out there was no rain in a single day. And the third is versatility: A shelter you’re going to spend a good period of time in ought to have enjoyable and fascinating modes to make the area gratifying.

Sea to Summit has met all of these challenges on this new line, its first foray into tent making, and has properly expanded and improved on what everybody else within the tent recreation has been doing. I not too long ago examined the Telos TR2 on a visit to fly fish for albacore tuna alongside the North Carolina coast.

What It Is

Sea to Summit is finest identified for making an in depth line of silicone drybags together with cool devices and kit, and extra not too long ago increasing into the outside sleeping sphere with its line of high-quality sleeping baggage and pads. For its inaugural push into the backcountry shelter area, the workforce attached with Jake Lah—the mastermind behind DAC, makers of sunshine and powerful tent poles—and spent hundreds of thousands of {dollars} in R&D and took over three years to develop the brand new Alto and Telos assortment of tents. After months of delays as a result of coronavirus pandemic, they’ve lastly made it to market.

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One of the important thing design components that makes this line of tents so particular and distinctive among the many shelters on the market now could be the Tension Ridge. It’s not dissimilar to the designs of numerous new tents the place a brief pole bisects the highest of the tent and clips in on both aspect to prop up the aspect partitions and supply a bit extra headroom. But the Sea To Summit model takes that idea and drastically improves it by making the poles longer and with a pronounced arch. That angle amplifies the advantages of the Tension Ridge: extra air flow, extra headroom, and extra vertical sidewalls for elevated inside area.

Why We Like It

Packed with modern and well-thought options, the brand new line of tents from Sea To Summit are a powerful entry right into a crowded market. The tents elementary {hardware} and materials are made out of high-quality supplies that mix in intelligent and helpful methods. Even the tent bag itself has been neatly rethought—it consists of three principal baggage, one for the tarp, one for the tent, and one for the poles. The three baggage can join as one by way of straps and aluminum hooks, or may be shortly damaged up into separate items for simple distribution to unfold out the gear load with, say, backpacking buddies. You may connect two of the baggage contained in the tent for additional, out-of-the-way storage (pungent socks was my play).

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Another cool function is the flexibility to arrange and take down your interior tent whereas inside the fly, which is made potential by the Quick Connect toes that key into the poles. This is particularly useful on windy or wet days when making an attempt to place up your tent or take it down whereas making an attempt to maintain it dry.

The Lightbar is one other nice contact. It’s merely a protracted, rectangular piece of opaque white plastic that has a bend down the center, which you’ll slide into the triangular-shaped tent pole bag after pitching the Telos. Add a headlamp or different gentle supply, connect it to 2 man factors on the prime of the tent, and you’ve got your individual widespread and subtle gentle for any in-tent actions.

Other highlights embrace the flexibility to roll up both finish of the tarp to fulfill in the midst of the highest of the tent, and safe alongside the Tension Ridge. This offers you a fast and simple technique to deploy the fly if inclement weather rolls in, whereas nonetheless with the ability to having fun with cool evening breezes and views of the starry sky. Other tent producers even have this function, however Sea To Summit’s model lets you do it with out getting out of the tent, as a consequence of lengthy door zippers and the easy-to-operate Quick Connect pole/fly factors.

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And the ultimate, killer function is what they name Hangout Mode. This takes the frequent skill to make use of simply the tarp as a freestanding shelter and bumps it up a notch by permitting you to tilt the fly again, add straight tent poles or trekking poles (or sticks) to the entrance fringe of the tent to create a roomy shelter you’ll be able to stroll round underneath or comfortably chill in some camp chairs.

But past the entire cool design tweaks and tips although, the principle draw is the Tension Ridge, which, as marketed, supplies tons of inside room together with upping airflow. That air flow contained in the tent drastically reduces moisture buildup over evening, all however eliminating the dreaded early morning drips.


After sleeping within the TR2 for a couple of nights in my yard and a two nights on the seashore, I discovered little-to-no flaws within the tent. Everything was fantastically designed and made dwelling in a tent extra of a pleasure than common, particularly for a bigger man like myself. Moving round inside was straightforward, with none of the claustrophobia or neck craning I used get in much less vaulted tents, and the entire good supplies and intelligent touches made tent dwelling enjoyable.

The solely nitpick that I can consider may presumably be observed in a long term check the place wear-and-tear may be higher gauged. The supplies are prime notch, however are fairly light-weight, so tough use over months may expose weak spots. In sustained, excessive winds on the seashore, the TR2 I examined (admittedly a prototype) ended up with two barely bent poles close to the highest of the again. Whether that was a design flaw or simply the results of extended wind stress that will compromise most tent poles stays to be seen.



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