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Backpacker Magazine – Gear Guide 2011

Gear Review: EMS Velocity 1 Tent

A bargain solo tent.

by: Kelly Bastone

EMS Velocity 1 (BP Photo Department)
EMS Velocity 1 (BP Photo Department)

[best all-around]
EMS Velocity 1
With tents, as in politics, it’s tricky to be all things to all people—but the Velocity comes close by avoiding the extremes: It’s neither ultralight nor ultraroomy. Rather, a centrist approach emphasizes convenience, adequate space, and excellent three-season weather protection, all in a reasonable sub-three-pound package. DAC Featherlite poles and a hubbed geometry trim weight, but durable, affordable fabrics (rather than cutting-edge ultralight material) keep the cost reasonable.

The freestanding dome pitches fast, thanks to a central arch supported by sturdy forked pole segments that are color-coded at the head and foot—in Texas’s Enchanted Rock State Natural Area, it withstood 30-mph winds and hardly flapped. A brow pole* stabilizes the ceiling and creates steep walls; those vertical sides, paired with a 39-inch peak height, created expansive headroom for a six-foot-tall tester sitting upright. And unlike some solo tents, the Velocity’s floor doesn’t feel coffin-tight: It measures 37 inches wide at the shoulders—almost twice the width of a standard sleeping pad—and tapers to 22 inches at the foot, where testers didn’t mind sacrificing space for weight savings.

Campers up to six feet tall found the 88-inch length comfortable. “And there was zero condensation,” says one, “since the all-mesh walls and ceiling improved airflow.” Sturdy fabrics, such as a 40-denier polyester ripstop fly and a 70-denier nylon taffeta floor (ultralight models tend toward 15- and 20-denier), hold up to rough weather and abrasion—no TLC required. The side door and nine-square-foot vestibule provide easy access and ample storage for weekend gear. $239; 2 lbs. 14 oz.

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Nov 01, 2011

The tent is still available from EMS, but it is just not currently on the website (they sold like crazy after this review was posted). You'll need to call their customer service (888-463-6367) and ask them to locate the tent in one of their retail stores and have it shipped to you.

Oct 12, 2011

Does anyone know what happened to the EMS Velocity 1? I can't seem to find it anywhere on EMS's website.

Did they stop production of this tent? Seems odd, after gives it such a favorable review.

jack off
Aug 25, 2011

looking for a review for a tent, what i got was a bunch of corporate america crap.

May 17, 2011

Yes, more content, fewer ads! And, I agree, loose the pop-up asking me to subscribe. I have for years!

May 13, 2011

Yeah your begging is more like harassment , give it a rest

May 12, 2011

I agree, the website is much too cluttered and I am tired of being asked to subscribe when I have been a member for a very long time.

May 11, 2011

Amen, Nick. This place is a clutterfest. I am sick of the actual content footprint being smashed into 15% of the page. More content, less clutter please.

May 10, 2011

you know, your website sucks. too much clutter. it looks junky. and stop asking me to subscribe to your magazine, I already do! I'm probably gonna stop coming to this site. too annoying.


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