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What you are about to see is the most expensive tent used by military forces in the world and without a doubt, the most expensive 1 person tent of all time!
Nemo The ALCS 1P SE (advanced linking combat system)
Became available 2012 and is still in use today.
Nemo apparently has been working within the military contractor community for over a decade in regards to the development of tents, sleep systems, weapon bags and so on.
This considered to be the most advanced tent ever made for the modern warfighter.
Weight : Almost 9lbs for the system
Four Season tent made to handle strong winds and snow loading
Made for quick erection…….
Can be adapted to different environments thanks to the available camo covers
Minimum Weight 7 lbs / 3.2 kg
On the Fly Weight N/A
Trail Weight N/A
Floor Dimensions94 x 35 in / 239 x 89 cm
Floor Area23 sq ft / 2.1 sq m
Vestibule Area10.4 sq ft / 2.2 sq m
Interior Height39 in / 99 cm
Number of Doors2
Frame DescriptionEaston Reverse Combi
Packed Size20 x 8 in / 51 x 20 cm
Shell FabricGore-Tex® W/B Shelter Fabric
Vestibule Fabric40D PU Nylon
Floor Fabric70D PU Nylon Taffeta
Using a recently unveiled, jointly developed, and totally unique GORE-TEX® fabric, NEMO has designed a Berry Compliant, lightweight, linkable, four-season, freestanding, individual shelter system that is waterproof, breathable and flame retardant. Coupled with outstanding signature protection, ALCS™ 1P SE, GORE-TEX® (Advanced Linking Combat Shelter™) gives the Warfighter state of the art performance, concealment, and protection from the elements. Single wall construction combined with minimal componentry and a single connected pole frame allows for significant weight reduction and faster erect and strike. And the innovative linking capability provides a “buddy-team” benefit while still allowing for self-sufficiency in combat environments. An optional ICC™ (Interchangeable Camo Cover™) allows you to adapt your ALCS™ shelter to different operating environments.
I have spoken with Nemo about this tent and they weren’t able to discuss it in very much detail.
What they did state was this;
The ALCS, like many of our military products, was designed with feedback from Special Operations Forces and is still in current use with SOF (Special Operations Forces). The tent was designed to provide full light blocking capabilities as well as the ability to link two shelters together to enable communication. We partnered with Gore to develop fabrics that would meet the requirements of this shelter. The ALCS also has optional covers called the ICC that allow the camo pattern to be changed to meet the current environment.
Covers include : MARPAT Desert, MARPAT Woodland and MultiCam and each is roughly $250 each.
Other camo patterns for the US ARMY are said to be in development for the new US Army patterns
Want to purchase one, good luck! This are very rare. So rare in fact that nemo wouldn’t tell me how many of these have been made. Ever so often you will find these popping up for sale online on auction sites, craigslist and so on. They are only for sale to government agencies and can not be exported to other countries due to the sensitives involving the technology used in the design.
With a little searching, I found one listing for the tent which was sold on ebay a few years back. I also found a listing on gear trade which was sold.
I have used this tent a number of times and I can tell you that it is bad ass but that doesn’t mean that it is worth the cost. Not even close. Yes, it has some cool features but for the average joe, they mean absolutely nothing….but of course, it wasn’t developed for the average joe….
Something to think about.
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