A lot of tents claim to offer something new, but it’s usually only incremental change. However, Sea to Summit shows off some truly novel ideas in its new Telos TR2 (two-person) and TR3 (three-person, pictured) ultralight backpacking tents. Most significant is the Tension Ridge pole arrangement (below, left), which raises the tent’s shape upwards at the edges, for more head-and-shoulder space, along with creating higher doors for easier entry and more vestibule storage.
Also cool is Telos’ Hangout Mode (above right), which converts the rainfly into a semi-open shelter using a pair of trekking poles or a supplemental pole set. In addition, the poles, hardware and hubs are made with premium components, and the fly is seam taped with a waterproof coating.