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A dome tent that breathes

Projects | August 1, 2018 | By:

The Djedi Dome tent is made of a composite fabric that checks all the boxes for tenting: It’s waterproof, lightweight, sturdy and breathable. Photo: Dyneema®.

Jotaro Yoshida, founder of the Japanese sporting goods company Locus Gear, found inspiration for his latest dome tent in a dream. While staying in a mountain hut, Yoshida dreamed that his grandfather visited him and told him to build a tent. That motivated him to develop the Djedi Dome tent—which took four years and included a test run on Japan’s Mount Tanigawa in the winter.

Yoshida started by making eight different prototypes using different fabrics, but wasn’t satisfied with the results. He knew he could create a tent that was lightweight and sturdy, but he also wanted it to be breathable. While tents made of nylon are strong and lightweight, they don’t breathe. When condensation occurs, things get uncomfortable. If the tent walls and gear get wet, it can even be dangerous.

Around the same time, DSM Dyneema was developing a waterproof and breathable fabric. Yoshida took advantage of this new textile and created one of the first tents made with Dyneema® Composite Fabric with eVent. Claimed to be the world’s strongest lightweight fiber, Dyneema is 15 times stronger than steel,
but floats on water.

The Djedi single-wall dome tent sets up quickly with precision poles that provide tension and stability, and is suitable for camping year-round. For more information, visit

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