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  • EMS Velocity 1 Tent

    An ultralight, 1-person tent designed for serious backpacking adventures. Features a full-mesh body, a convenient hub-pole assembly, and Jake's Foot corner pieces.

    Features/Benefits:

    • Vertical walls maximize interior space
    • Mesh canopy allows for airflow to reduce condensation
    • Single-pole hub construction for easy setup
    • Pole system made of DAC Featherlite aluminum
    • Jake's Foot corner pieces create a tighter pitch throughout the tent
    • Ball-cap assembly attaches the fly to the main tent body for greater stability
    • Large storage vestibule keeps your gear dry
    • Four pockets and gear loft keep gear you need inside the tent well organized
    • The Velocity 1 can be setup with just the poles, fly and footprint for lighter weight
    • Velocity 1 footprint sold separately

  • EMS Velocity 1 Tent

    Length 7 ft. 2 in.
    Width 3 ft. 2 in.
    Primary Use Ultralight
    Floor Area 18 sq. ft.
    Doors 1
    Vestibule Area 9.25 sq. ft.
    Peak Height 35 in.
    Min. Weight 2 lb. 8 oz.
    Max. Weight 2 lb. 14 oz.
    Packed Size 6 x 17 in.
    Freestanding Yes
    # Main Poles 1 hub assembly
    # Fly/Vestibule Poles 0
    Floor Fabric 33D Cordura diamond ripstop
    Floor Coating 1200 mm Silicone PU
    Rainfly Fabric 33D Cordura diamond ripstop
    Rainfly Coating 1200 mm Silicone PU
    Canopy Fabric 33D Cordura diamond ripstop
    Pole Frame Clips
    Pole Material DAC Featherlite aluminum
    Sleeps 1
    Seasons Spring-Fall
    Tent Weight Less than 2.5 lb.

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Eastern Mountain SportsEMS Velocity 1 Tent
 
4.3

(based on 11 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to set up (10)
  • Lightweight (10)
  • Comfortable (7)
  • Durable (6)
  • Fly works well (6)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Backpacking (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Avid adventurer (7), Casual/ recreational (3)
      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Survivalist / minimalist (7), Comfort driven (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (9)

    Reviewed by 11 customers

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    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Thru-hiked the AT with this tent

    By NighTTraiN

    from CT

    About Me Avid Adventurer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Comfortable
    • Durable
    • Easy To Set Up
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Backpacking

      Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

      I used this tent 100+ times while thru hiking the AT in 2011. I was able to easily set it up in the dark. It withstood heavy winds, downpours, even a little snow. A couple of mornings it was covered in ice. It held together over five months of my abuse, the abuse of the trail, the mud, rocks and dirt. If you are skinny, not claustrophobic and a lightweight, bug proof, tough shelter is important to you then this is the product. Enjoy!

      • What Is Your Gear Style:
      • Minimalist
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Solid 1 man (or woman) tent

      By TrailDan

      from Washougal, Wa

      About Me Avid Adventurer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Fly Works Well
      • Lightweight
      • Waterproof

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking

        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

        I've used this tent on a handful of overnight trips as well as a three day three night trip to eagle cap wilderness. Overall the tent design is well thought out and solidly constructed, however the bottom of the tent now has a puncture wound. I don't know exactly when it happened, but my best guess is that a stick or a sharp rock rubbed through due to me shifting around inside the tent. I did buy the footprint, which can be semi-permanently attached (awesome feature), but the material is too thin. Although it's true that lightweight backpacking gear needs to be treated with care, I believe EMS chose a nylon weave that was not abrasion resistant enough to withstand normal use (this goes for both the tent bottom and the footprint, as they both have holes in them). Still, this doesn't deter me from recommending this product.

        Tent setup: super easy to do by yourself... No problems.

        Internal space: adequate for someone under 6 feet tall and thinly built. READ: it is a very compact setup... If you sleep on your side, curled up, you will be touching the sides of the tent. Also, there is no way to store your backpack inside the tent body. However, the tent vestibule is generously sized (I had no problem fitting my 65 liter pack and boots inside with room to shift them out of the way for entry and exit).

        Rain Fly: it works. My buddy and I endured an hour and a half long thunderstorm inside our tents... No leaks to report. It also has two top vents that seem to work well.

        Sturdy-ness: durning the aforementioned T-Storm, the winds gusted to maybe 20 MPH and the tent showed no signs of buckling. I have the utmost confidence in the structural integrity of this tent.

        Internal storage: ample. It has 4 mesh pockets located near floor level (two at the head and two at the foot) as well as a suspended mesh gear holder overhead for things like a map, your reading or a sleeping bag compression sack.

        Overall: it's a great tent that satisfies my single person needs more than adequately.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Nice Tent for its price.

        By Phxatc

        from Phoenix AZ

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Windproof

        Cons

        • Jakes feet

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • Beach
        • Climbing

        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

        Overall a great product. Its very lightweight and well constructed. I recently used it on the nankoweap trail in the Grand canyon. It was 103 deg and the tent ventilated well W/O rainfly attached. Sleeping under the stars was great. I felt every breeze blow thru the mesh top. I am 5'11" and the tent length fit well, but if you are any taller I would reconsider since I was end to end. I was also able to sit up and get dressed inside. My only real concern are the jakes feat. Here in AZ, sun and heat kills plastic. I have been reassured from EMS that I will have no problems because the plastic is infused with Nylon. They seem very sturdy yet flexible so far. Unfortunatley EMS doesn't carry any tent replacment parts except for the Jakes feet. Any of the unusual clips that attach to the polls are unavailable? This I don't like because eventually you will break them. I have a Kelty tent that is over 11 years old and is still an awsome buy. I recently broke a clip and they sent me 2 replacments on a discontinued tent after a decade!! EMS should follow suit especially for the price. I like to get years out of my gear and fix it in the field if need be. This is really my only complaint is lack of support.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Minimalist
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Great Solo Tent

        By Bushwacked

        from Newton, MA

        About Me Avid Adventurer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Fly Works Well
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy
        • Waterproof
        • Windproof

        Cons

        • Tight If Over 6ft

        Best Uses

        • Backpacking
        • Climbing
        • Mountaineering

        Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

        I've used this on a number spring-fall backpacks, multiple nights each time and found this to be a great piece of gear. I have never used any other solo tents, so i don't have a lot to compare to but can't imagine something else being much better. It's got plenty of room for me (5' 11", 150), huge vestibule (bigger than some of my 2-person tents, plenty of room for pack, boots, stove, etc.), goes up easy, packs small, is light and super weather proof. Don't know what else you could ask for. Well thought out design.

        • What Is Your Gear Style:
        • Comfort Driven
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        5.0

        tough little tent

        By toughy

        from watertown ny

        About Me Casual/ Recreational

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Comfortable
        • Fly Works Well
        • Lightweight
        • Sturdy
        • Waterproof

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking

          Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

          The first night I set up the tent next to Silver lake in the Southern Adirondacks, a family of raccoons ran over the top of my tent. I have the footprints on the fly to prove it. No damage occurred. I felt secure. Everyone envied my vestibule as it fit my pack in easily. It also did not leak during rainy nights.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Minimalist
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          3.0

          Good tent but not as light as claimed

          By Brad

          from Manheim PA

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Comfortable
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Fly Works Well
          • Waterproof

          Cons

          • Too Cramped

          Best Uses

          • Backpacking

          Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

          I have used the tent several times backpacking. As others have said, it is a bit small for my 6,1" height. I cannot sit up to dress inside the tent. The tent is lightly built in order to cut weight, so don't expect it to be super sturdy. You must be careful with lightly built stuff. The actual in the field weight of mine with stuff sack and Velocity 1 footprint is 1750 grams, or 3.9 lb. That includes the lines and tent pegs, as delivered. If I want to go lighter than this I use my light tarp, bivy sac and a mosquito net for 950 g.

          • What Is Your Gear Style:
          • Comfort Driven
          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes
           
          4.0

          Merry Christmas

          By Rogue

          from Phila

          About Me Casual/ Recreational

          Pros

          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Backpacking
            • Backyard
            • Car Camping

            Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

            I plan on doing a lot more backpacking and long distance bike trips, now that I have this tent.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes
             
            5.0

            Recommended

            By Squeezl

            from Southern California

            About Me Avid Adventurer

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Comfortable
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Fly Works Well
            • Lightweight
            • Practical
            • Sturdy
            • Waterproof

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Backpacking

              Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

              Very happy with this tent after 11 days in New Mexico mountains including wind and rain.
              We're not supposed to mention other retailers by name, but compared to the competing orange 1-man tent which several companions used on the same trip, the Velocity1:
              - Weighs a little more (although still very light)
              + Is significantly cheaper
              + Has a more convenient side door
              + Has a convenient large vestibule
              (big enough for pack and other gear)
              + Allows you to open the door and enter/exit without rain falling directly into the tent

              • What Is Your Gear Style:
              • Minimalist
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              I love it

              By Edwourdo

              from Syracuse N.Y.

              About Me Environmentalist

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Comfortable
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Fly Works Well
              • Lightweight
              • Sturdy
              • Waterproof
              • Windproof

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking

                Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

                I have used this tent for at least 30 nights camping (so far)in the adirondacks and it always keeps me dry and bug free. Thats all that I ask from A one person tent. Under 3lbs makes it not bad to carry.

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Minimalist
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                3.0

                rip in top of screen after 3 lite uses

                By Pat

                from Phila,PA

                About Me Avid Adventurer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Screen Ripped

                Best Uses

                • Backpacking

                Comments about Eastern Mountain Sports EMS Velocity 1 Tent:

                I only used the tent on 3 different trips, each 2 nights long. At the very top of the tent the screen is ripping. I am very careful with my gear bc I have OCD. It looks like it just riped due to the stretch that takes place during pitching the tent, very disapointed bc of the money and its a really cool tent.

                • What Is Your Gear Style:
                • Minimalist
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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