eVENT tents were shaking the market back in 2005 and Backpacking Light was on top of it. We tested several single-wall alpine four-season ("bomber") tents made of eVENT, and gave them rave reviews. We were flying high on the excitement of emerging technologies like ultra-breathable fabrics and Easton FX carbon fiber poles advancing the performance and reducing the weight of single wall tents.

Just when eVENT began to gain critical mass attention as a superior fabric for single wall tents, with the introduction of the NEMO Tenshi, Exped Polaris, and a full tent suite from Integral Designs... POOF! - eVENT tents were gone from the market. What happened? New tent fabrics are now on the market that claim eVENT-like properties. How good are they?

ARTICLE OUTLINE

  • What's So Great About eVENT?
  • It Was Here, Then it Was Gone
  • Is eVENT Really the Gold Standard?
  • Will eVENT Tents Come Back?
  • Is an eVENT Replacement in Our Future?
    • What are these fabrics?
    • How well do they perform?
      • Table 1: Moisture Vapor Transmission Rate and weight of various waterproof/breathable tent fabrics in comparison to eVENT.
  • The State of the Breathable Fabric Tent Market
  • Conclusion

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