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The new Assaut 2 Ultra tent is not designed for leisurely backpacking in warm weather, but instead goes to great lengths to create a stand-alone tent that can be used in extreme conditions.
The Assaut 2 Ultra tent contains a carbon frame, Dyneema fabric, and its price naturally needs to be a four-figure figure to match.
Although Samaya is located in the Alps, Annecy and even calls its headquarters “Annecy Base Camp,” the company makes tents and accessories for more than just Himalayan mountaineers.
With the new Ultra range, Samaya has raised the bar for its existing tents a step further, and the company has invested heavily in an ultra-light, mobile and robust line to handle the world’s most dangerous alpine conditions.
Samaya has long included Dyneema in some of its design choices, while the Assaut 2 Ultra has stepped into the full Dyneema realm. Formerly known as cubic fiber, Dyneema composites are extremely expensive due to their superior strength-to-weight ratio and inherent waterproofing, but they are still very rare in tent construction due to their high price.
The underside of the Assaut 2 tent is made of standard Dyneema Composite, while the walls are made of double-layer laminate developed by Samaya and Dyneema – a combination of Dyneema composite material and expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) film. EPTFE is a waterproof/breathable material that allows air and other gases to escape (ensuring breathability) while also preventing water from passing through.
Assaut 2 boasts 20,000 mm of water resistance and 40,000 grams of breathability. The latter helps single-wall tents keep the air flowing and prevent condensation dripping down the front, which can keep occupants awake at night.
The whole Dyneema tent is supported by Easton carbon fibre poles, the corners are reinforced with Cordura, and the tent is secured to the ground by Swiss Piranha’s ultra-light toothed piles. The zips are also Dyneema, and the anchor straps are designed to secure the tent on the hill to prevent it from slipping in the middle of the night. In addition, the bezel that covers the zipper of the AquaGuard waterproof door also relies on the Dyneema structure.
Equipped with Dyneema and carbon, the Assaut 2 Ultra weighs only 1.02 kg, which is very light for any tent, especially a stand-alone tent designed for winter adventures with the harshest weather conditions. In addition, the tent has a minimum weight of 995 grams, can accommodate two people, has a floor size of 220 × 110 cm and a height of 1 meter. It is reported that it can be compressed to weigh a backpack with a size of 20 x 15 cm.
Such an extreme tent naturally requires extreme testing. After more basic field tests, Symaya had the Assaut 2 Ultra join athletes Simon Welfringer and Pierrick Fine on an expedition for fall 2020. Although coronavirus restrictions forced the pair to abandon their plans to climb in Nepal, they went to Sani Pakkush in Pakistan at an altitude of 6,953 meters – the only mountain they could travel to 7 kilometers under the pandemic. During the climb, they endured avalanches, spent the night in places not suitable for camping, and the Assaut 2 Ultra eventually survived and won enthusiastic praise from athletes in the categories of toughness, lightness and usability.
Assaut 2 Urban Ultra was launched this month following last week’s ISPO award at the Digital ISPO Show in Munich. As mentioned earlier, its high-end materials are not cheap, starting at 1600 euros, and the optional Dyneema vestibule adds an additional 450 euros. If it is a short trip, you can choose the Assaut 2 8K, which will be relatively less breathable, replace the carbon rod with a DAC aluminum rod, weigh 1.6 kg, and of course it will be cheaper – 1300 euros.