SEA TO SUMMIT TELOS TR2 TENT Review | 1st Look | Tons of innovative features in an ultralight tent
- Hi, Adventure Alan here. And I'm super excited to talk to you about one of the hottest tents of 2021. It is a new tent from SeaToSummit, and it is their Telos TR2. And this tent is directly targeted at the heavyweights and the lightweight, an Ultra Light Tent Market, and those would be the Big Agnes Copper Spur. And the other tent would be the MSR Hubba Hubba and the Telos TR2 has a whole bunch of innovative features. Sea To Summit spent about two years developing this tent working with DAC, the Tent Pole Company and a bunch of engineers to really try and re-engineer the tent and improve upon it.
And we think they've done a pretty good job of adding some creature comforts and increasing that ever desirable interior space while holding weight reasonable. So with that, we're gonna go ahead and take a look at this tent and I'm just going to quickly run through the components. And then we'll go ahead and set it up and start walking you through the tent. But one of the fun things about this tent right here is they have what they call their Fair Share. And the tent actually comes in three separate components.
So you and your partner can divvy them up or even three people can divvy them up but there's essentially the Tent Body there. This is the Tent Fly here and this is the poles here and you can mix and match them. And these, these are two stuff's sacks actually double as storage bags or containers, pockets inside the tent. It comes with a footprint if you want it. And there's also a gear loft that comes with the tent and we'll set all those up and you can see how they work.
So without any further do, what's gonna go ahead and we're gonna set up the tent and I'll meet you back at the tent. (air whooshing) Okay. So we've just set this tent up here. We're gonna do the body only cause we're gonna have the rain fly off so we can do a tour of the inside. And some of the key features that would be hard to see with the fly on the tent, but the first and biggest deal about this tent is this Tension Ridge.
And you can come in a little closer to it, this Tension Ridge if you notice that most tents, these days have a brow pole. And usually that slopes down this direction. And what SeaToSummit has done is this actually goes up at an angle.
And what that does is it makes these walls of the tent here even more vertical. I mean, you'll see tents like the Big Agnes Copper Spur or the SlingFin Portal also have on this brow pole the spreader pole that makes the walls vertical. But it turns out from an engineering standpoint it's very hard to make it go up vertically like this up at an angle, but it creates a more vertical wall and gives you a lot more space inside the tent. It also makes it easier to get in and out of the door because you don't have to Snoop Stoop. I mean, I can almost get into this tent without ever having to get on my knees.
So that's a really nice feature for the tent. Another exterior thing is this I need you can come in and zoom in on this too. This really nice color coded multi-use connectors. The rain fly is going to connect to this but it's got a tie out, an adjustable tie out loop and it's color coded, but this is just super easy to get in and out and just pop it in like that. Moving into the inside of the tent, there's some kind of fun things going on here.
One, we really like pockets and this tent has a lot of pockets and storage. So one of the things is this that we showed you earlier in the video. We have this nice gear loft here which has got these preset toggles, nice big sort of a huge you could put half a backpack's worth of stuff in here. Coming into the tent up at the head area where you really want the storage, the tent body and the rain fly stuff, sacks double a storage pockets right here. So that's the rain slice stuff, sack there. And then a mirror of it.
You really can't see it that well is the tent body is the stuff's there I clip said. And then there's also storage pockets, mesh ones on either side of the tent for each camper. So lots of storage which makes it easy to organize in the tent. And then up here, this is the pole storage sack which clips to the ceiling. And this is the LightBar.
It's a light diffuser. So you can put a headlamp in from either end. So each hiker can put their headlamp up in here and it gives this really nice diffuse non blinding light operating in the tent at night. So somebody who was just really thought about this tent in terms of just making it as livable as possible inside.
So if I'm sitting up in this tent, you can see, you know you've got this amazing Peak Height here even with the LightBar and everything set up. It's really nice. And then, you know, I can, you could sit face to face because these walls are so vertical. You can actually see each other face to face and have a meal or something in the tent.
And if you wanna pan back out a little bit, one of the things that's kind of cool about this tent is this head wall is almost vertical at this point, you can look at it. So I have, I mean, I can sit up all the way almost over to here and I can move down to the end of this gear loft and I'm still sitting up. So compared to an MSR Hubba Hubba or even a Big Agnes Copper Spur, there's a lot more volume or usable space in this tent than either of those two tents. So this is kind of the King in terms of getting, you know people talk about flora in a tent but what you really wanna know about and we've covered this and the reviews of other tents including the Copper Spur and the SlingFin Portal. You want this vertical space here and this tent does a better job of establishing vertical space than either the Big Agnes Copper Spur, the MSR Hubba Hubba. So this is a place where you could actually hang out in for a while in a rainstorm and not wanna like murder your partner or wish that you were dead.
I mean, you could actually hang out comfortably in here. (air whooshing) Okay. So now we're gonna look at one I think is one of the coolest features about this tent.
First of all, Alison and I are not big fans of using a rain fly unless it's actually raining. We like to look outside. We like the ventilation we like the condensation, viewing the stars.
So see if someone's thought about that. And there is a way to sort of semi pitch the fly here so that if it does rain or you got a rain storm overnight you can quickly deploy it, but you can leave the fly off the tent for all the beautiful night breezes and views. And essentially it just rolls up like this. And you can just undo this and unroll the flight on here.
I'll just do the one and only here, but you come down it's got this really nice color coded clip system. You can see how easy it is. Yeah. Come in, so color code. Remember I told you how cool this connector is.
You can just do like that. Connect the rain fly. I'm gonna go over and do it on the other side here.
And I usually we can go ahead and do the whole thing. And then I can just flip this part over here bring this over, weight it down. And you can actually do this from inside the tent without actually having to come outside. I just happened to be outside here. So I'm gonna do it, but essentially come down and voila we have now pitched our rain fly on the tent.
Let's that up for a second layer, make it easier. And again, you could do this just from the inside of the tent, but bingo, we are in storm mode now. So a very cool feature one that Alison and I, only use this tent, we'll be doing this all the time again, cause we're gonna we're gonna leave that role that most of the time and and look at the stars, but nice to be able to do it that quickly when the need arises. (air whooshing) Okay. So let's just sort of talk about
wind testing and storm resistance. This tent is somewhere between like a heavy duty tent and sort of, sort of regular dome backpacking tent. This has been tested up to 30 40 mile an hour winds in a wind tunnel. It's reasonably when resistant, if you guide it out, they, they do give you some extra stakes and some guidelines in this bag. You'd probably wanna put a couple more in there but this is a reasonably wind resistant shelter pretty strong.
This is a DAC NSL pole set which is a premium, lightweight, relatively strong pole set. And it does have this this brow pole and these, these nice anchors here. One of the other things we like about them because (indistinct) comes with very nice Y stakes. And one cool feature is that these Y stakes have these like serrations here.
So you don't have to see, I don't have this all the way into the ground, but this is not gonna come up and over the top of the stake. And that's kind of a lazy stake out there, but it's still it's a nice, it's a nice high quality tent stake. Come with the tent.
We talked about one of the first great features which is this Tension Ridge here. And the next thing that SeaToSummit is addressing with this tent is Ventilation and Condensation which is always even with the double walled tent like this condensation is, is always an issue. Something that always needs to be managed.
And frankly, in most tents, the ventilation options are too small and and nobody's really done a sophisticated sort of like air full analysis of how to best to move the air through the tent out of the tent. SeaToSummit has put this big, huge enormous vent right here. And it's hard to see how big it is, but this thing is really goes way, way deep into the tent here and get that out of the way.
So this big hole, and it's got a huge overhang and you can unzip it. And the idea is you get this chimney effect but there's actually enough area here for that. The ventilation to move out of both sides here. But the other thing they've done and we're gonna have to rejigger that the tent doors a little bit to show this to you is what you really want. You don't want the chimney effect.
What you really want is for air to blow in underneath this rain fly, come into the tent and then come out. You really, whatever the predominant wind direction is you want to let a little bit underneath it. So I I move this door back here a bit. And I'm gonna have to go inside the tent, but essentially if I go inside the tent here and I zip this door down, there's a little toggle about halfway up so that I can roll this this partially up. I can hold this thing partially up (breathes out) and zip it back down. And this still gives me enough rain protection but it allows the wind to blow through here.
And it comes through here and then up. So the air is coming in this direction. It's going up the wall of the tent and up through the ceiling but you're actually getting this, this energy of this air moving through an actual motive for force to do it. And you can do this on whatever side of the tent is kind of kind of on the Windward side of the tent. You can, you can do it up like this and and there's a little toggle or thing to keep it closed.
It's a great idea. We're big, big fans of it too. Cause you really need something just besides the sort of like heat air rising chimney effect. You need something to move through the tent there. So this should be a significant improvement on ventilation keeping it from foggy stuffy in the tent smelling your partner socks and keeping condensation humidity down to a reasonable level.
(air whooshing) Okay. So yeah, that just shows you that you can see the bottom of the fly is lifted up a bit and allows the air to come up. (air whooshing) So we've talked about sort of two major features of this tent. One is this Tension Ridge and all the livable space it creates and door inside the vertical walls internal volume, the nice pockets. That's kind of one thing.
That's sort of a Creature Comforts livability thing. And then we talked about this rain fly the multi pitching mode, but but particularly this ventilation, this huge covered vent and the way you can create airflow underneath the bottom of the fly to keep this tent dry you can have this fly roll back or rolling it down really quickly but we're gonna sort of cover the third feature of this tent, which is the versatility of the tent which we're talking about. But this tent can be pitched many ways. You saw one of the ways, which is the inner only. And so you can do the inner only without the fly of up or you can do the inner only what the fly rolled up like a tipsy roll, which gives you beautiful views and ventilation.
You can obviously pitch it with the fly on the tent like we did, but there is a fly only mode. And one of the cool things about the fly only mode on this tent is that you don't need a footprint or any strap system to do it in fly only mode. The trick to doing this tent in fly only mode. And we can come in and do that. The snap zoom, again, you can come in on this pole, is that in the fly only mode.
If we take this connector out of the picture, and come in this, this, this pole doesn't need to be here to hold tension. You could actually clip this into the fly and it holds it in place, which is kind of a cool picture. Pick that back up. The other, the other option, which I am not gonna show because it's not an option that I would personally use a lot. But if you pitch this fly only mode without the the footprint, you can actually, using your tracking poles, lift up one end of the tent and this becomes what they call a hub, but I would call like a sunshade, but this whole tent like it, actually I can sort of mimic it here. It's not that hard to do.
Imagine this tent body is, imagine the tent body is not there but this whole thing comes up like this. And you can support it with your tracking poles and it becomes this huge canopied sunshade. You can put a couple of like outdoor chairs in there and hang out sheltered by the sun.
When it comes time to go to bed you can just drop this back down and pincher tent. So kind of a cool creature comfort thing I could see using it. Like if we're in the desert in Utah and you're desperate for shade and there isn't any shade that that might be a really nice feature. (air whooshing) So there you have it. This is the new SeaToSummit Telos TR2 Tent. Again, it is determined to go head to head and take on the two heavy weights in the Ultralight Tent Community.
And that would be the Big Agnes Copper Spur and the MSR Hubba Hubba. It seems from our standpoint to provide some significant features and versatility compared to those tents. Certainly, it beats them out on internal volume using this new higher door, higher arm awning to the tent.
You obviously saw all the different pitching options that are available to you in the increased ventilation using this big roof vent and this venting underneath it just quickly to talk on weight. This is a little over three pounds for the Telos TR2. So that's slightly more than the weight of the Big Agnes Copper Spur, but significantly less than the MSR Hubba Hubba. Cost is is similar. They do make, and we tried to get one but they're not available yet in Outpost version of this tent. And that is semi free standing.
You have to stake out the two corners on the end similar to the Big Agnes Tiger Wall. And that tent will actually be lighter than the Copper Spur will be about two and a half pounds. So a few ounces lighter than, than Copper Spur and quite a bit lighter than the MSR Hubba Hubba.
Anyway, we're excited about this tent obviously it's still early days with this so this should be considered a first look and initial impression with it. We'd have to get it out into some really high winds and serious inclement weather to be to the point where we we consider this a full review, but so far, we're we're super impressed with what we've seen. We would expect this tent to be a mainstay in the Ultralight Backpacking community and something seriously worth considering anybody that's gonna buy a one or two person tent. So the Altos, which is the lighter version and is available in a one and two person. And the Telos is in a TR2 and a TR3 and that's a two and a three person version.
And actually the Telos is available in a in a three-plus season a more winterized version in instead of the mesh inner it has a fabric inner it's slightly heavier but it gives it, pushes it to that three-plus season. Anyway, we hope you found this video useful. And if you did, please go ahead and like this video. Go ahead and subscribe to the Adventure Alan, click that bell for all the new content. We're gonna be consistently putting out videos and and tell them this is Adventure Alan signing out.