Australian-based brand Sea to Summit announced the company’s entry into technical backcountry tents. Following more than three years of research and design, Sea to Summit will be releasing two lightweight tent models, the Alto and the Telos, along with a line of accessories for Spring 2021.
Sea to Summit worked in partnership with Jake Lah, founder and head of design at tent pole manufacturer DAC, to include Tension Ridge pole construction, which is designed to alleviate two common pain points of modern tents: liveable space and ventilation. The Tension Ridge architecture allows for an inverted pole design that angles up to achieve greater internal height, ceiling ventilation, high vertical walls to accommodate thicker sleeping mats and pillows, and a more accessible dry entry/exit said the company.
“While the solution was simple, engineering the Tension Ridge presented significant challenges,” explained Lah. “By inverting the angle of the brow pole, we achieve best-in-class interior space and ventilation, without adding weight or bulk to the tent.”
Likewise, the Tension Ridge architecture makes Sea to Summit tents highly adaptable to temperature and humidity, said Lah. Both the Alto and Telos tents are outfitted with an adjustable cross-ventilation system consisting of a Baseline Vent and an Apex Vent. The construction and position of the Apex Vent reportedly allows for better airflow and more effective condensation mitigation.
“The core areas we looked to tackle are common pain-points — space, climate, and adaptability. We’re very happy with what we’ve accomplished here,” said Roland Tyson, founder and head of design at Sea to Summit. “And, we’re thrilled to partner with Jake Lah of DAC, a pioneer in modern tent design and architecture. This is a true partnership, unlike anything either of us has taken on before.”
The Alto and Telos tents will be available for purchase at select retailers and seatosummitusa.com in Spring 2021.
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