Yarn & Fiber

2018-04-05

'The quest for the ultimate dome tent': strong, ultra light and breathable

Jotaro Yoshida featuring his tent (c) 2018 DSM Dyneema
The new short documentary ‘The Quest for the Ultimate Dome Tent’ features Jotaro Yoshida, the founder and designer of Locus Gear. His Djedi Dome tent is a result of four years of development, making it one of the first commercially available dome tents made from waterproof-breathable Dyneema® Composite Fabric.

This new episode in The Dyneema® Project’s Trailblazers series tells the story of the development of the Djedi Dome tent. The test environment is perfect: on top of Japan’s Mount Tanigawa in the winter.

“Most people think it's a Star Wars thing,” says Jotaro with a small grin. “But originally 'Djedi' is an Egyptian God's name. 'Djedi' starts with the letter D, and D is also the shape of the dome.”

It took Yoshida almost four years to come up with what he considered the ultimate dome tent: the strong, lightweight, waterproof and breathable Djedi tent – the first one made with Dyneema® Composite Fabric with eVent.

“I made eight different prototypes using different fabrics but was never satisfied,” says Jotaro. “Condensation is a major problem for anyone who camps. And if your inside walls or down sleeping bag gets wet, the situation can even become life threatening. So, for a dome tent it goes beyond being strong and extremely light. Breathability is the true ‘dream’ property.”

Fifteen times stronger than steel, but floats on water, Dyneema® is world’s strongest, lightest fiber and has long been used to moor oil rigs, stop bullets and repair humans. As a fabric, it’s becoming increasingly popular with high-performance sports – from motorcycling to mountain climbing.

Dyneema® Composite Fabric has been used by most key players in the ultralight outdoor industry to increase the innovation and performance levels of shelters and tents – to make them both stronger for protection and lighter for packing. The new breathability factor can now inspire the tent industry to yet newer heights.


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