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A Complete Overview of the Telos Tr2 Plus Tent

Sea to Summit Telos Tr Plus Review

The Sea to Summit Telos TR2 Plus is a two-person freestanding backpacking tent with quite a few pitching choices. The “Plus” model differs from the Normal Telos TR2 model by utilizing a stable inside tent as an alternative of a mesh one to dam the wind and lengthen its use into shoulder seasons. We beforehand reviewed the Normal (non-Plus) model of the TR2 with a mesh as an alternative of a stable inside (see evaluate). Sea-to-Summit additionally sells a bikepacking model of the Telos TR2 with compact poles which can be simpler to move by bicycle.

Whereas Sea-to-Summit sells all three variations of the Telos TR2 individually, they share a typical design structure and could be transformed into one another by changing particular person elements. For instance, you possibly can exchange the stable inside on the Telos TR2 Plus reviewed right here with a mesh inside to be used in hotter climate. You can too purchase the compact poles of the bikepacking model individually and exchange the usual poles that include the Telos TR2 or Telos TR2 Plus to make them simpler to hold on the body of a bicycle.

Sadly, Sea-to-Summit has buried this modular functionality, which might be a key promoting level for four-season or multi-sport customers. Why? Retailers lack the experience to clarify modular merchandise to customers. Nonetheless, if you’re , you should buy the person elements from the spare components part of the Sea-to-Summit web site. 

For the rest of this evaluate, we’ll deal with the Telos TR2 Plus model of the tent.

Specs at a Look

  • Minimal Path Weight (producer): 3 kilos, 9.7 ounces
  • Minimal Path Weight (examined): 3 kilos, 7.2 ounces
  • Whole Packed Weight (producer): 3 kilos, 12 ounces
  • Whole Packed Weight (examined): 3 kilos, 14.9 oz.
  • Supplies: Fly: 15 denier ripstop nylon, Silicone / Polyether Polyurethane (PeU)-coated, 1200mm hydrostatic head, Internal: 20 denier ripstop nylon, Ground: 30 denier ripstop nylon, 4000mm hydrostatic head, 6 inch tall bathtub design, Poles: DAC Featherlite NSL 8.5mm and NSL 9.0mm hubbed poles
  • Ground Dimensions (producer): 84.5 x 53/43 inches (tapering head to foot)
  • Ground Dimensions (examined): 85 X 52/42 inches (tapering head to foot)
  • Peak peak (producer): 43.5 inches
  • Peak peak (examined): 41 inches on the doorways, 38 inches within the heart (36 inches if the Lightbar is put in)
  • Included: 8x 7075-T6 aluminum Y-stakes in a stuff sack; restore patches; pole restore sleeve; 4x guylines with toggles for additional wind resistance and Hangout Mode pitch; 3x multi-use connectable stuff sacks for the poles, inside and fly.
  • Footprint offered individually
The solid inner is less breezy than a mesh inner and better for cooler weather
The stable inside is much less breezy than a mesh inside and higher for cooler climate

Stable Internal Tent

The Telos TR2 Plus is a freestanding double-wall tent with a stable inside tent to stop breezes from chilling you. It’s optimized to be used in cooler temperatures, corresponding to early spring and late fall earlier than it snows. A stable inside tent is a good way to increase a tent’s use into colder temperatures. The facet panels are made with a stable, however breathable cloth, with mesh screening on the high to vent moisture. Nonetheless, whereas a stable inside tent is nice within the chilly, you wouldn’t wish to use it in the midst of summer time or anyplace heat and muggy, limiting the utility of the TR2 Plus, until you buy the further mesh inside tent.

The top of the solid inner tent doors can zip away to revel mesh for ventilation
The highest of the stable inside tent doorways can zip away to disclose mesh for air flow

The Pressure Ridge

The TR2 Plus includes three items, every with their very own stuff sack: a pole set, a stable cloth inside tent, and the tent fly. The hubbed pole set is formed like two Ys related to one another at their ft, with an extra crossbar pole referred to as the Pressure Ridge. The Pressure Ridge is a key design function of the tent; it kinds a V form, which lifts up the inside tent close to every door to extend headroom. On this manner, the tallest a part of the tent is just not within the center however relatively above the heads of every person. The poles are all related to one another in a single piece to stop shedding any of them.

The Tension Ridge is the V-shaped blue pole that creates extra height near the doors
The Pressure Ridge is the V-shaped blue pole that creates additional peak close to the doorways

A number of Setup Choices

The Telos TR2 Plus could be arrange in six other ways, together with a fly-first mode, which is helpful if it’s raining as a result of it retains the inside tent dry. All six of those modes are additionally obtainable with the all-mesh model of the tent and the bikepacking variations.

  • Traditional Mode
  • Fly-Solely Mode
  • Dry Setup Mode
  • Internal Solely Mode
  • Partial Fly Mode
  • Hangout Mode

Traditional Mode will probably be acquainted to anybody who has arrange a US-made freestanding tent that units up inside first, fly final. This pitch is normally greatest for gentle climate as a result of it leaves the inside tent uncovered to precipitation earlier than the fly goes on.

The Fly-Solely Mode is straightforward to arrange and doesn’t require a tent footprint. You assemble the poles, stake them out, after which join the fly’s corners to the poles. When insect safety is pointless, you can use the rainfly as a freestanding tarp.

The Dry Setup is a typical design of European tents, permitting the rain fly to be arrange first and the inside tent to be added later. Some tents require a footprint to do that, however the TR2 doesn’t want one, as an alternative utilizing {hardware} that can be utilized in varied methods for various pitches. The Fast Join Toes are C-shaped metallic items that may both hook on to the Jakes ft of the inside tent if you arrange the inside first or can operate as a grommet for the pole ideas if you arrange fly first whereas nonetheless leaving sufficient of the pole tip uncovered to insert into the jakes ft on the inside tent. Whereas it’s a really inventive design, it’s time-consuming to pitch, and I discovered the Traditional Mode a lot quicker.

You can roll up the fly to have it ready to deploy quickly if a storm comes
Within the Partial Fly Mode, you possibly can roll up the fly to have it able to deploy shortly if a storm comes

The Partial Fly Mode is a neat function the place you stake out each vestibules, disconnect the remainder of the fly, and roll it up so that you simply have a small tube of the fly arcing horizontally excessive of the tent, from vestibule stake to vestibule stake. It jogs my memory of snakeskins on a hammock tarp and serves the identical operate; it means that you can stargaze and have most air flow in calm climate however offers the flexibility to shortly deploy the fly and batten down the hatches if the climate turns.

Hangout Mode is a fly-only pitch staked down at one finish and lifted up 45 levels to create a cover to take a seat beneath. You connect the lifted finish to trekking poles and man them out, and also you man out the vestibules, too. Nonetheless, it’s fairly wobbly, and the tent handbook e book explicitly says to not use this pitch when it’s windy.

The Apex Vent runs through the top of the inner tent and the rainfly.
The Apex Vent runs by the highest of the inside tent and the rainfly.

Apex Vent

The Apex Vent is one other key design function of the Telos Sequence, primarily based on the concept heat, humid air rises to the highest of the tent, so placing a vent in that spot ought to cut back condensation. In our earlier evaluate, we discovered that the usual Telos TR2 let in rain by its Apex Vent. Sadly, on two separate wet days, water nonetheless made its manner into the TR2 Plus reviewed right here

Rain comes through the Apex Vent and collects on the floor
Rain comes by the Apex Vent and collects on the ground

The instruction handbook says which you could open and shut the Apex vent from contained in the tent–however that is deceptive. The inside tent additionally has an Apex Vent–however its two layers are nylon cloth over mesh, so unzipping the inside Apex Vent simply reveals the mesh. You can not entry the Apex Vent on the fly by the Apex Vent on the inside.

To open or shut the exterior Apex Vent from the within, you need to kneel contained in the tent, attain your hand out the tent door over the inside tent, and seize the zipper pull of the Apex vent on the fly. If this sounds awkward, it’s; very a lot so. In case your arms are brief, you might be able to open or shut the Apex Vent simply midway earlier than you need to open the opposite facet door and repeat the method on the alternative facet.

The fly and inner stuff sacks snap to the interior corners and make gear buckets--a great solution for water bottles and other miscellaneous gear
The fly and inside stuff sacks snap to the inside corners and make gear buckets–an incredible answer for water bottles and different miscellaneous gear


The Telos sequence makes use of three stuff sacks that match collectively and have a number of makes use of. The fly and inside stuff sacks convert into “gear buckets”–cavernous pockets that snap into the corners of the tent and may maintain a water bottle upright– is a good concept and the perfect answer I’ve seen for holding a water bottle upright in a tent and preserving stuff sacks from getting misplaced.

The Lightbar cuts into the headroom a couple inches (I'm only 5'4)
The Lightbar cuts into the headroom a few inches (I’m solely 5’4)

The pole sack has a inflexible piece of plastic inside that offers it the form of a half-cylinder. Sea to Summit calls it the Lightbar as a result of it may be snapped to the tent’s ceiling and take two headlamps to light up the inside. It gives the look of a fluorescent gentle tube. Nonetheless, I discovered that the Lightbar steadily disconnected from the snaps when including or eradicating headlamps, and it lower into the headroom of the tent, which is the principle good thing about the Pressure Ridge Design. Moreover, if you happen to wish to learn or test maps whereas mendacity down in your tent, your studying materials will probably be darkish as a result of the Lightbar is on the tent’s peak as an alternative of behind or above your head.

Extra Considerations

The stakes are light-weight and powerful, produced from 7075-T6 anodized aluminum, however the tops are sharp and damage your hand, and the three tooth really feel too small for the webbing stake loops. I’ve had the loops slip off the stakes quite a few instances.

The tent stake's teeth are small for the stake loops, which can slip off
The tent stake’s tooth are small for the stake loops, which might slip off

The vestibule cloth repeatedly caught on the zipper when opening and shutting the tent, and the zipper chewed up the seam tape on the vestibule within the first couple of makes use of. Many free threads of frayed cloth alongside the zipper weren’t cleanly lower earlier than the zipper was added.

There were lots of threads of frayed fabric along the zipper that look messy and get stuck in the zipper teeth
There have been a lot of threads of frayed cloth alongside the zipper get caught within the zipper tooth


Whereas the Sea-to-Summit Telos TR2 sequence tents, together with the Telos TR2 Plus reviewed right here, provide many modern design concepts and options, they’re overshadowed by the leaky Apex Vent, sloppy manufacturing high quality, and an arguably fussy setup. We had hoped that Sea-to-Summit would have addressed the problems we raised in our earlier evaluate of the usual Telos TR2 tent, within the up to date Telos Tr2 Plus, however that doesn’t seem to have been the case. Till then, we can’t advocate any of the tents within the Telos TR2 product line.

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  • The stable inside tent cloth successfully cuts the wind, making the within of the tent rather more nice on chilly and windy nights.
  • Dry setup mode retains the inside tent dry in wet climate.
  • The fly and inside stuff sacks as “gear buckets” work nice.
  • The stake loops are sufficiently big to simply accept SMC-style snow stakes.
  • Freestanding design makes it simpler to seek out good campsites.
  • For those who use two 20-inch extensive pads, there may be good head and shoulder room for 2 folks with ample gear protection beneath the vestibules.


  • Poor manufacturing high quality.
  • Leaky and hard-to-open Apex vent.
  • Tent stakes and man line loops are mismatched.
  • The lightbar is insecure and reduces headroom when used.

Disclosure: Sea to Summit donated a tent for evaluate.

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Concerning the Creator

Greg Pehrson is an ultralight backpacker who was bitten onerous by the MYOG (make-your-own-gear) bug. He repairs, tinkers, and builds gear, typically in search of to upcycle throwaway objects or repurpose issues from outdoors the backpacking world.

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