Looking for a new tent? There’s a new option on the market, with Sea to Summit bringing its two new tent series to market this month.
Sea to Summit already has an excellent reputation for outdoors gear (check out rtwpaul’s article on some Sea to Summit cooking kit here). The Australia-based company has sold small camping shelters in the past, but they tended to be smallish bivy-style affairs. Now, after three years of design research, we’re getting the Alto and Telos tents.
The Telos is a backpacking tent, using Sea to Summit’s new Tension Ridge pole design. This external tentpole configuration is engineered with the ends of the poles pointing upwards, not downwards, to create more headroom inside the tent. Along with higher doors and increased space, Sea to Summit also says this allows for better ventilation, with the vents higher in the tent body.
The Telos’ poles are colour-coded with a quick-connect design for easy setup; the rainfly can be set up first, helping users keep themselves and their kit dry. The tent has a 6-inch-deep 20D nylon tub floor, which should also help keep you dry inside. The tent breaks down into three carry bags, allowing you to spread the weight around (and potentially making for easier packing in tight moto panniers).
If you have accessory poles, or trekking poles, you can also convert the Telos into a sun shelter, the sort of place you might lounge around during a day at the beach … or the moto track? It’s a cool feature, either way.
The Telos comes in 2-person or 3-person configuration, with two doors and two vestibules. Asking price the tent starts at $499; see more deets at the Sea to Summit website.
Along with the ultralight Telos, Sea to Summit also has the Alto tent coming soon. Like the Telos, the Alto is aimed at backpackers, but it’s lighter. It comes in 1-person or 2-person configurations. It’s a semi-freestanding design, unlike the freestanding Telos. It shares most of the features of the Telos, though, with the Tension Ridge poles, three-season weatherproofing, and a “LightBar” stuff sack that works as a light diffuser for the tent’s interior. Pricing starts at $399; find more specs at the Sea to Summit website.