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Crucial features

A chain is only as strong as its weakest link. The same thing applies to factors that affect safety, strength and ventilation.

Strain

The table below defines the challenges concerning strain on the tents and compares the differences between Tentipi® Nordic tipis and ordinary dome and tunnel tents. Our solutions are presented in detail on pages 1–27......

The safety chain

Most tents function well in normal conditions but storms, snow and cold weather will reveal just how good your equipment is. Poor equipment can spoil or ruin your excursion; at worst resulting in personal injury or death. We know that the weather can sometimes destroy buildings so it’s easy to und...

Rain and snow

Find out more about some of the components which are of crucial importance for rain and snow protection.

Tent fabric

Seams

Diagonal zip with cover ...

The ventilation chain, condensation and insect protection

On windy days, ventilation is seldom a problem. It’s those boiling hot days when the air stands still that are the worst. Only then can one judge which tent has the best ventilation. On such windless, hot days, there’s only one solution and that’s natural ventilation. Natural ventilation is af...

Other advantages

In addition to safety, ventilation and rain protection, there are a number of other factors which affect functionality and comfort. Allow us to mention some more things which will influence just how much you will enjoy using your tent. ...

Compare for yourself

We believe that we win even the toughest comparisons and we welcome them with open arms! Knowing what to look for is not so easy however. Every time the symbols are used, notorious weak points are being indicated or other things that are important to consider. This, combined with our information on ...

1. Optimal height/width ratio

Tentipi®: Height is important for a number of aspects. Height gives volume for activities and accommodation but it also gives a ‘chimney effect’, i.e. ensures that the warm smoke fumes from a fire are sucked out efficiently. However, too high a construction means poor wind resistance and heavy ...

2. Optimal number of gussets

Tentipi®: Because the taut seams between the gussets are part of the Nordic tipi’s load-bearing design, the number of taut seams is important for storm-reliability. If you have too many gussets, there will be an unmanageable number of storm cords to be tightened. Together with powerful reinforcem...

4. Strain-relief for the tent fabric

Tentipi®: Exclusive reinforcement that distributes the strain on the fabric, a crucial factor for both safety and durability. This is especially important when used during snowfall....

5. Ground straps

Tentipi®: Strong, adjustable ground straps are used instead of cords to stretch the Nordic tipi. If a strap should break, it can be replaced in seconds. The end is attached to a steel ring. The band tensioner fastens the ground strap securely even if wind is causing the fabric to vibrate. Thanks t...

6. Central pole

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Advanced construction with optimal design for high strength combined with low weight. The high strength is achieved through • hardening and alloy (three times stronger than ordinary aluminium) • inserted pipe joints, which are stronger than contracted joints.

Tent...

7. Cap for central pole

Tentipi®: Braided of strong band. Made to last! ...

8. Storm cord fastenings

Tentipi®: This is probably the strongest storm cord fastening on the tent market. The hole can withstand a load of more than 60 kg. This is achieved through extra reinforcements at both ends of the hole itself. (Ordinary buttonhole bands are usually weaker just there). In addition, this constructio...

9. Snow or sand

Tentipi®: By passing the ground strap through the metal ring, you can easily make a loop which can be fastened onto most things e.g. a ski or a wooden pole. ...

10. Tent pegs

Tentipi®: The tent pegs are made of super hardened aluminium with an exceptionally high strength to weight ratio. These are our standard pegs because they are a good balance between strength, weight and all-round use. Depending on ground type, it may be advisable to supplement them with other types...

11. Seams

Tentipi®: Impregnated sewing thread and flat fell seams ensure good waterproofness. Also, the seams are very strong. ...

12. Diagonal zip with cover

Tentipi®: Two important features to minimise leakage:

Diagonal zip. If the zip is positioned vertically on the fabric, rainwater will gather and go through. Cover. Thanks to the diagonal positioning, the zip cover makes the rainwater pass over the zip without penetrating. ......

13. Storm cord holders

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Allow cords to be in place, ready for use, without tangling. In normal weather, there is no need to use the storm cords. In bad weather, they can be easily pulled out from the holders. The cords can also be fastened quickly without any tying.

Tentipi® (Onyx): Does no...

14. Tent fabric — ventilation

Tentipi® (coated fabrics): These fabrics do not let out any condensation at all, which makes our specially designed solutions for good ventilation all the more important.

Tentipi® (Cotpol T4 fabric): The fabric is highly water-repellant and this in combination with good ventilation right through ...

15. Smoke opening

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): A large smoke opening guarantees that smoke from a fire really is expelled and that there is efficient ventilation on warm days. Jointed, super-strong fibreglass rods are positioned around the smoke opening. They stretch the fabric and hold it tight against the ventilat...

16. Ventilator cap and In-Tent Vent™ system

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): The ventilator cap is permanently attached to the Nordic tipi and closes tight against the fabric. This keeps the tent free from mosquitoes and water even without an inner-tent.

The ventilator cap is opened and closed using the In-Tent Vent™ system inside the Nordic ...

17. Large air intakes

Tentipi®: Ventilation is extremely good on warm days thanks to the big smoke opening, the large air intakes fitted with mosquito nets, and the net-fitted door. Every air intake is easily adjustable from inside. The air intake roof can be closed to make sure that no rain gets in and to protect the n...

18. Door fitted with mosquito net

Tentipi®: Improves ventilation. Allows you to have a view even if there are mosquitos. To protect the net, it is tied away when not in use.

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Because the air intakes and air outlet are also insect-proof, there is an unbroken chain of protection and great flexibility.

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19. Extra tightening feature

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Along the bottom reinforced edging there are special fastenings used for gathering it together. This makes for efficient sealing between the fabric and the separate floor. If the Nordic tipi is used without a floor or inner-tent, the extra tightening feature makes ...

21. Fire-making facility

Tentipi®: Unique design feature for the Nordic tipi. A fire provides atmosphere, increases safety, dries out damp, gives heat and light, and creates the cosiness that only a Nordic tipi can have.

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Our patented In-Tent Vent™ system, together with all our other technic...

22. Togetherness

Tentipi®: The Nordic tipi’s circular shape, the large floor area, and being able to sit together round a fire, are factors which promote what we call ‘circular togetherness’. This means being together in a relaxed and natural manner, opening up and getting to know one another in a liberating...

23. Stove and chimney opening

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): One of the main principles behind the Tentipi® Adventure Nordic tipis is versatility — that you should be able to manage with just one tent. That is why they have not been designed using the stove as a starting point, but there is an opening which allows a stove...

24. Reinforced edging

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Reinforcement, 50 cm high. If turned inwards, the Nordic tipi can easily be sealed from draught using ones own packs. If turned outwards, it can be sealed using stones, earth or snow. (Air is let in through the desired air intake or through the door.) This mat...

25. Fastenings for accessories

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Fully equipped with fastenings for accessories such as inner pockets and drying rail, for stretching the floor, for the reliable and simple joining-up of floor and inner-tent at the bottom.

Tentipi® (Onyx): Although without special fastenings and with fewer possibilit...

26. Compression bag

Tentipi® (Safir and Zirkon): Unique Tentipi® design. Facilitates packing because you can pack in a big bag which is then compressed using straps. The folds are hidden under the cover. This is especially useful in winter when icy fabrics tend to take up more space.

Tentipi® (Zirkon 15): Combined ...

27. Total weight

Tentipi®: It is not difficult to make ultra-light tents. The hard thing is to make them both light and strong and to know when you should choose a stronger, heavier material/design in order to get a product that really lives up to demands. At the same time, we believe that a manufacturer must stat...