Nigor's PioPio uses highly researched fabrics to achieve a lightweight but tough tent with good head height and internal space.
Nigor says: If you need an ultralite one person tent with a lot of space inside, then our PioPio is your best choice. The inner height of 105cm is enough for tall people to sit straight and have freedom of movement. The inner tent length of 260cm offers plenty of space for your gear.
The fly sheet is made of GorLyn 10. This fabric has been constructed using high-tenacity nylon 6.6, which has a higher tensile strength than regular and most used nylon in tent construction.
The fabric has been silicone coated in three steps, resulting in a most durable and water repellent protection. The silicone treatment has no affect on the fabric strength of our fabrics. Normal PU coatings tend to reduce the tear strength up to 70%, which in our opinion weakens the fabrics too much to use them in lightweight tent designs.
The tent floor is made from a 20-denier nylon rip-stop with a laminated thermo-plastic polyurethane (TPU) coating. TPU coatings have greater bonding durability and better abrasion resistance than conventional liquid-applied PU coatings. This is the best tent floor you can get.
For its compact packing size you will always find the space in your bag. Simply the best way to go back to nature.
Nigor isn't an established brand yet in the UK but we think it deserves close consideration because of their focus on making ultralight kit that doesn't compromise performance or strength. The PioPio is a good example of this, the fabrics used to construct this tent offer the best compromise between lightness and strength because Nigor have researched their components well and chosen the best.
The groundsheet on this tent has a hydrostatic head of 10,000mm which is very unusual for such a lightweight tent and whilst some may feel its over spec'd others will appreciate the piece of mind brought by the use of such materials.
As a sub 2lbs, two skin solo tent the PioPio is extremely spacious with a decent head height that is maintained across the tent. The flysheet is cut quite high but still provides the required protection. The porch area is quite small but at least there is one, it will take a wet rucksack for example.
The design results in a long tent so there's space to store gear inside the inner tent, however the long length of the tent makes a good pitch harder to find compared with other designs.
- Reviewed by BasecampGear
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