Odd Military Tent – Nemo Shield Tanto SE – Review

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What you are about to see is one of the most interesting/odd tents which has had *SOME* level of use by US military forces;

Super lightweight.
More of a Bivvy.
A bit strange…

This is the Nemo Shield Tanto SE Tent Review.

Link : http://shield.nemoequipment.com/product/?p=Tanto+SE+Tent+%28Black+Mesh%29

Price : $ 349.95 when these were being offered to government agencies. These are very hard to find and sale for at least $530 on eBay.

Weight : 1lb 15oz

Essentially is an inflatable bivy

From what I understand, the design of this tent was taken from the Nemo GoGo and was converted for a military purpose. How well adopted in the armed forces this was, I do not know. I would venture to say that it wasn’t wide adopted.

Tanto™ SE utilizes our AirSupported Technology®, replacing traditional poles with inflatable ribs that reduce erect time and packed size and add strength and repairability. Combined with the Tanto™ Fly, this is a versatile shelter for milder weather conditions and rainy, tropical environments.
Traditional bivy bags are limp, claustrophobic and challenging to use when it’s raining or snowing. But Tanto™ SE tensions out like a tent, has a big enough interior volume to read a map or work on a laptop, a convertible vestibule for meal prep, and room inside for gear. AirSupported Technology® allows the Tanto™ SE to be inflated in under 15 seconds using the Integrated Pump and deflated in less than 5 seconds. The entire canopy of Tanto™ SE is mesh, keeping insects away and allowing excellent air circulation, even when the rain fly is attached. A front and a side entrance allow ingress and egress around whatever equipment you have inside. Used extensively by SOF, the Tanto™ SE is the go to shelter for fast and light operations in temperate and tropical environments.
Seasons: 3-Season
Capacity: 1-Person
Packed weight: 2 lb. 14.2 oz.
Pack size: 7×10″
Peak height: 27″
Floor dimensions: 114×41″
Floor area: 19 sq.ft.
Bathtub floor: Yes
Tent floor material: 30 denier polyurethane-coated nylon
Number of doors: 1
Number of poles: Rather than support poles, the bivy utilizes a built-in AirBeam strut that you inflate with air using the included foot pump
Tent wall material: No-See-Um® mesh
Rain fly material: 30 denier polyurethane-coated nylon
Stakes: Aluminum
Stuff sack: Yes
Recommended use: Backpacking,Mountaineering
Made in Viet Nam
AirSupported Technology tensions the bivy like a tent, placing No-See-Um® mesh above your body and keeping insects at a safe distance
Inflates in under 15 seconds using the integrated pump and deflates in less than 5 seconds
Rain fly provides additional storage within arms reach
Swallowtail patterning allows you to add a stick or collapsible pole to prop up the foot end of the inner tent with the rain fly
Stake out the back
Stick for the back
Click pump
Blow and pump
Review :
Pros :


§ Lightweight (approx. 22 oz with accessories) – impressively small size
§ AirSupported rib provides space overhead
§ Generous length and shape provide ample headroom – plenty of room for your basic needs
§ Stakes and footbox help keep the walls off
§ Because of the limited ventilations, it is warmer than most 3 seasons tents. During one trip I was able to record a 19 degree temp difference from the inside to the outside
§ Packs small
§ Bigger than a traditional bivy
§ Very easy to setup – less than a minute!
§ Definitely waterproof

Cons :
Price if you can find it
AirSupport pump is not integrated
Poor Ventilation – poor airflow
Because of the poor ventilation, it’s not a great tent from locations where temps will be above 75f. Any warmer and this tent becomes a sauna.
Lightweight fabrics require caution/footprint
Single wall condensation issues – Your sleeping bag will get wet!
Fabric sags when wet
Lose the pump and this tent isn’t going to be inflated!
** Not enough Stakes are included for staking out the back
· limited breathability

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Viper Chin says:

Aswome video…500bucks way too much for what it is. Loads more option for less money, like you said the snugpak ionsphere is a better buck for buck option.

Jon Shelton says:

Seems the ionosphere is better.

edited: and we agree as I posted before the end of the video

Rudy O says:

I would not own one of these.
So many other better options out there.
Great review Luke.

shinjiprofile says:

this is the most uncomfortable tent that i seen today.

matanuska high says:

the front “door” is just the same as any bivy like this..most dont have that side”door” so id say the front is the main door but for larger guys you also have side access..

Butch Hill says:

That thing is junk. But if it was all I had I would use it. Really don’t like it.

Chris K says:

There so much more potential to have built in a spine and foot arch to the air system….. which IMHO would have made it a worthwhile shelter.

TheOutdoorGearReview says:

This military tent is an interesting find; cool in some ways, nonsensical in others.
What do you all think?
– Luke

Corey Jones says:

Any day in the woods is a great day

kevman5 says:

I love how they jack up the price on anything “Military” because they know that the government will pay the price no matter what if a contact is made.

Thomas Horner says:

stick with my 3 snugpak tents… thinking my next tent will be the catoma ebns

Muckan says:

Don’t like it, I could barely fit my cock in it……

John James says:

I would much rather have the Dutch bivi

A Jolly Hiker says:

In my humble opinion, it qualifies as a tent if you can sit up in it. So this is a bivy.

G Haver says:

You could use a dedicated pole or a trekking pole. There are quite a few tents that use those items for support haha.

EarlyMist says:

That ‘stick’ foot-box thing is a crazy idea for such a pricey tiny tent/bivvy. All they had to do was allow a short pole vertically at the end with short triangle guyline that would provide the same result. The tarptent moment comes to mind.

Luftwaffa 109 says:

Hi Luke, hope you and your family are well?
Thank you for another great video.
When will you be doing the review on the Carinthia Micro Tent?
Really looking forward to it…

Zach Van Niman says:

I neeeeeeddddd

Antti Suomalainen says:

In my opinion seems to be overpriced and poorly designed.

Maxima says:

500 dollars? Nope

James Ellsworth says:

Do I understand that this was the military market equivalent of a concept car? Why not an air bar arch at the rear?

John Chastain says:

I think the Snugpak Ionosphere is better.

ben terwellen says:

I am just too big for this little tent…………..(widthwise)

Mark Mansell says:

For lightweight, I would recommend a Terra Nova Laser Competition 1 (https://www.terra-nova.co.uk/tents-and-spares/all-tents/laser-competition-1-tent-ss16/). I have had one for almost 10 years and have found it brilliant. Weight is still 860g-970g (1lb 14oz – 2lb-2oz) but the size is much better – It is definitely a tent (not a bivi) and has a huge porch. I have spent extended (2months+) stays in this tent striking and pitching daily. The inner is actually large enough for 2, in a pinch, if combined size isn’t too large, and you are willing to snuggle 🙂 My only niggle is the inner can droop a little over the face, but that is about it, and, considering I had been used to a Quasar (and had it in Force 11-12 gales on Skye 🙂 with no problems) I was quite surprised at its performance in high winds (although I would rather my Quasar for hurricane force gales 🙂 ).

Jeff Tucker says:

Not for me..too closterfobic. But stealthy.

vldzchtt says:

nope nope nope nope nope nope

boulder89984 says:

Would not pay over $50 for that.

Kevin Piggott says:

Luke, interesting concept this. i would like to see you do a review of the Nordisk Telemark LW 2 at 980GSM they also do a ULW at 880 GSM

Chris Heijna says:

I have a Nordisk Lofoten 1. Weighs somewhere around 500 gram/1 pound, costs approx € 650,-; has no issues at the end near the foot because there is a little pole to keep it up; the ventilation is much, much better; it uses a normal tentpole instead of having to being ‘blown up’ and the inner tent doesn’t hang down on your body.
I wonder why anyone would use a non functioning, expensive, hardly available militaire tent that has to be ‘blown up’. A tent that needs a blow[ing]job never is OK ;-).

Dr45120sharp Rothstein says:

Color me UN-impressed.
I am finding difficult to accept that the air pole has much strength in that design. What a uncomfortable looking contraption a tarp seems like a much beter option.

spartannn300 says:

Opinion: sucks

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