For 2022, one of NEMO's most ambitious product efforts is the new Dagger OSMO™. A top-seller at small specialty retailers nationwide, and the brand's best-selling and most livable backpacking tent, the Dagger series has been updated with a proprietary high-performance, 100% recycled PFC- and PFAS-free composite fabric. This fabric, named OSMO, offers increased water repellency and strength, and reduces stretch when wet, while eliminating dependance on virgin materials, and reducing the use of chemicals and greenhouse gas emissions.
OSMO is the first and only composite polymer textile in the tent category, and just one example of NEMO's commitment to innovation and evolving product design. Climate change, chemical impacts, and resource depletion are all concerns that need urgent action from product designers and manufacturers. OSMO fabric is bluesign® certified, representing a significant step forward in tent fabric sustainability, an advancement that is impactful on its own and will help drive future sustainability developments. In production, NEMO reduced carbon dioxide emissions by 5 kg per kg of OSMO fabric.
Dagger has become the best-selling backpacking tent in small speciality retail because it is lightweight enough for backpacking, yet roomy enough for comfort on any adventure. With two doors and vestibules, generous interior volume, and a fast, intuitive setup with color-coded poles, Dagger leads its category for storage area and volume. With the addition of the new OSMO fabric, Dagger continues to secure its spot as the top contender which all others chase.
Dagger OSMO is winner of Popular Mechanics' 2021 Best of What's New.
"There are a lot of great tents on the market. But the NEMO Dagger OSMO 2P and 3P tents solve universal issues with a new tent fly material that will make you want to buy this tent right now….It took NEMO more than 100 iterations to perfect its OSMO fabric, and from our testing, it's pretty great. Not only does it let more light in than a solid green tent fabric, but it also stayed taut and dried quickly. NEMO made massive improvements on waterproofness and stretch, and it didn't compromise on tensile or tear strength." Oct. 6, 2021 Gear Junkie.
"Light and compact, impressively weatherproof, and made from premium materials throughout, the Nemo Dagger OSMO 2P is arguably the best Dagger yet, and if you're looking for that 'one tent to rule them all' the new Dagger should be on your shortlist." March 29, 2022 The Manual.
OSMO™ fabric is a leap forward both in technical performance and environmental sustainability. As part of our commitment to making the best gear possible and protecting the places where we adventure, NEMO spent two years pushing the limits of fabric development to create OSMO, the first material of its kind for backpacking and camping tents.
OSMO uses a combination of 100% recycled nylon and polyester yarns. The nylon fibers provide exceptional strength while the polyester fibers resist stretching when wet. Both are backed with a polyurethane coating for waterproofness. In addition to optimizing strength and water resistance, OSMO achieves water repellency with a PFC- and PFAS-free finish and meets flammability requirements without fire retardant chemical additives. NEMO's OSMO fabric represents the brand's mission of driving forward technology to make adventures better while reducing impacts to our planet.
How It Works
The physical characteristics of the two yarns and the proprietary waterproof coating used together are what keep OSMO fabrics dry without resorting to PFC or PFAS chemicals. Unlike other tent fabrics, OSMO fabric is a composite of both polyester and nylon yarns. Polyester yarns are superior to nylon in terms of hydrophobicity, low water absorption, and low wet stretch. The combination is already better than a fabric that's all nylon, and that higher-performing foundation negates the need to then use traditional (and potentially harmful) chemical waterproofing coatings.
OSMO Recycled Tent Fabric:
4x longer lasting water repellency—thanks to a combination of hydrophobic coatings, hydrophobic yarns, and weave construction.
3x less stretch when wet.
Proprietary composite polymer textile.
100% recycled yarns.
Water repellency without perfluorochemicals (PFC) or per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).
Industry leading hydrolysis-resistance.
Meets fire retardant requirements without the use of added chemicals.
bluesign® certification ensures responsible chemicals management and occupational/consumer safety.
Reduces carbon dioxide emissions by 5kg per kg vs using virgin materials.
Optimum balance of fabric strength and weight.
OSMO is the first and only composite polymer textile in the tent category, and just one example of NEMO's commitment to innovation and evolving product design. Climate change, chemical impacts, and resource depletion need urgent action. OSMO fabrics represent a significant step forward in tent fabric sustainability, an advancement that is impactful on its own and will help drive future sustainability developments.
Dagger OSMO 2P & 3P ($479.95 - $549.95))
NEMO's most ambitious product effort for 2022 is the new Dagger OSMO. The brand's best-selling and most livable backpacking tent is updated with 100% recycled PFC and PFAS-free OSMO fabric.
NEW 100% recycled, PFC/PFAS-free bluesign® APPROVED fabrics.
NEW Divvy Cube™ rectangular stuff sack packs better in your backpack and allows you to split the load with a partner.
NEW Landing Zone™ waterproof vestibule protected storage tub.
NEW Gatekeeper™ door clips make holding the doors back a cinch.
NEW 100% recycled fabric pole bag eliminates the use of polybags.
Same pole structure as previous Dagger™ series ensures generous interior volume and color coding for an intuitive setup.
Two doors and vestibules for ample gear storage and ease of entry.
Nightlight Pocket™ turns headlamp into a tent lanterns while removing blue light and casting an even glow.
Integrated strut vents in rain fly doors provide ventilation in the rain.
2P = 3 lbs., 6 oz. / 3P = 3 lbs., 14 oz.
100K Polybag Elimination ProjectAll new tents come with NEMO + DAC's award-winning 100% Repreve® recycled fabric pole bag to eliminate wasteful single-use poly bags and reduce climate impacts. The fabric bag replaces not only the polybag, but the conventional polyester drawstring bag NEMO tent poles were traditionally stored in. The Repreve recycled, undyed, uncoated fabric bag with recycled thread uses less energy and water to produce. There is no webbing, cord, or plastic hardware, minimizing materials and creating a straightforward solution. In switching to this 100% recycled bag, the company repurposes 1.3 plastic bottles per bag and uses 0 liters of water for dyeing. Our goal in just 2 years is to eliminate 100K polybags from the waste stream. Winner of the 2021 GOOD Green Design Award, Climate Action Corps 2021 Partnership Award, and NH Businesses for Social Responsibility's 2021 Sustainability Slam.