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Tensegrity 1 Elite

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Our Elite tents are no holds barred, lightweight shelters. Using lightweight, fully Siliconized Nylon fabrics to repel water, we were able to reduce weight, greatly increase strength, and offer better UV resistance. Our Elite fabrics do not to adhere to the FR standard CPAI-84, limiting your exposure to FR chemicals. As such, these tents cannot be sold or shipped to CA, LA, MA, MI, MN, NJ or NY.

This tent is not factory seam sealed.
One trade-off that comes with this awesome fabric is that it cannot be factory seam sealed. It's a bit of work that you'll have to take on, but self sealing your tent is lighter, far more reliable, and more durable than seam tape in the long run.


Pitching Instructions

Tent User Manual

Guyline Line-Lok® Cleat Instructions

CPAI-84 and Tensegrity Elite Tents


Number of Poles:
Pole Type:
Pole Diameter:
8.7 mm
Pole Set Weight:
1.8 oz. / .05 kg
Fly Fabric:
20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/Silicone 1200mm 
Floor Fabric:
20D Nylon Ripstop, Silicone/Silicone 3000mm 
Body Fabric:
15D Nylon No-See-Um Ultralight Mesh

Tech Specs

Minimum Weight:
1 lb 13 oz. / .79 kg (Tent & poles only)
Packaged Weight:
2 lbs 3 oz. / .96 kg 
Number of Doors:
2 (1 main, 1 secondary under tarp)
Number of Gear Closets:
Gear Storage Area:
8 ft2 / .74 m2
Interior Area:
17.10 ft2 / 1.59 m2
Internal Peak Height:
41 in. / 104 cm
Awning Height:
45 in. / 114 cm
Awning Overhang:
12 in. / 30 cm
88 in. / 224 cm
Front: 30 in. / 76 cm
Rear: 26 in. / 66 cm
Number of guylines:
Stake Quantity:
Tent Storage Bag:
Length: 13 in. / 33 cm
Diameter: 4 in. / 10.2 cm
Pole Storage Bag:
Length: 17.5 in. / 44.5 cm
Width: 3.5 in. / 8.9 cm 
Tent Stake Storage Bag:
Length: 8 in. / 29.9 cm
Width: 3.5 in. / 8.9 cm
Cannot Be Shipped To:
California, Louisiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York
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Capacity: 1 Person
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    1. Great and without competition

      Yes, it requires some use and thoughts to use a single wall strange looking peace of cheese as a tent outdoors. (For example it is standard not to fully cover the mesh panels on the sides. Instead allow maximum airflow.)

      But its worth it! Every penny. Great room, superior access to the tent, a room in front of the tent. I have used this even in winter on snow for a weekend and felt super light and protected (as long as you dont mix wind and powder at the same time).

      Can highly recommend it.
      on May 30th 2017

    2. Customer Review

      I have used this tent for about 7 nights of wilderness camping so far. I like it a lot. I needed a really light one person tent, in which I could sit up. There is more headroom in the Tensegrity 1 than most one-person tents, and it really wide, since the tent is wider at top than bottom. The feel is quite spacious, either sitting or lying down looking up. I got the non-seam-sealed Elite because it is more robust and lighter. Seam sealing takes up some of that weight saving, but is not hard to do well (dilute your sealant--see internet) I experienced one significant rainstorm with the tent. I spent it sitting in a camp chair under the awning at the front of the tent. This was feature that did not figure in my choice, but which is really attractive. It does require a second set of poles. I used my hiking buddy's; his one-person tent does not use them. I could use branches, or carry a set of poles, but the idea was to minimize weight. The two person version of the tent, when used for two who have poles, would be great, and at only a few ounces (and nearly $100) more, I wonder if I should have gone with it (but the point was, I keep reminding myself, to minimize weight). Overall, the tent is well constructed, fairly easy to pitch (if you can get pegs in), well ventilated and airy. Not the best choice if you want to your tent to help keep you warm, since it needs to be open to ventilate. Advantages of this tent: light weight One can see out even when repelling rain The front awning, if pitched with second set of poles, improves the view, and provides a rain or sun shade in camp. Suggested revisions make the cords reflective, to make them easier to avoid, or the stakes easier to find Increase the length of the "gear closet" door in front of tent on Sep 20th 2015

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