NEMO Equipment Announces Recycled Tent and Bamboo Poles

NEMO Equipment, Inc. unveiled Nano OZ™, a lightweight backpacking tent made from recycled content, at Summer OR last month.

Nano OZ™ was designed with the goal of making a sturdy 2 person tent from recycled content without sacrificing quality. It is comprised of 90% recycled and recyclable materials, more than any other tent currently on the market. The most substantial part of the tent – the body, vestibule and floor fabric, is comprised of post-consumer waste PET bottles. Other recycled components include the stuff sack, webbing, side release buckles and zipper tape. Nano OZ is scheduled to be available Spring 2009.

Best known for their innovative AirSupported Technology® utilizing airbeams instead of traditional aluminum tent poles, NEMO is once again ahead of the curve in tent design. Patterned after their 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.

“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.

All of NEMO's aluminum poled tents, including Nano OZâ„¢, utilize DAC's GREENâ„¢ anodization process which avoids the use of toxic heavy metals in the anodizing process. The poles can 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 bamboo poles are undergoing rigorous testing, they are expected to be an accessory for Nano OZâ„¢ in late 2009.

NEMO Equipment, Inc. was founded in 2002 by Cam Brensinger with the commitment to bringing the highest level of design and engineering to the world of outdoor adventure sports. The company produces lines of air-supported and traditional poled tents for the backcountry. Besides AirSupported Technology®, NEMO has patents pending for its lightweight pumps, washable floor liners, condensation curtains and many more features and accessories which add functionality and comfort to its shelters. NEMO tents can be found at local and national retailers, including REI, Eastern Mountain Sports and Moosejaw. For more information and a detailed spec sheet on Nano OZ™, please contact Kate Ketschek, Director of Marketing & Public Relations, at 603-913-9925 or