The Aurora collection was introduced by NEMO, a New Hampshire-based company, a few years ago. It is now a rival to cross-over options such as the Marmot Tungsten or REI Trail Hut. However, the latest Highrise variant targets the premium and luxury end of the market. It features a high interior with steep sidewalls and a massive footprint that rivals the livability and quality of other competitors such as the Wonderland, Wawona, and Limestone. As we’ve come to expect from NEMO, the Aurora Highrise is also thoughtfully built with windows at each side that remain protected from rain when open, two large doors and vestibules, a rainfly that can be staked out as an awning (poles sold separately), and high-quality materials throughout–including a thick 150-denier floor that’s outfitted with a fun checkered pattern.
The Aurora Highrise is a new and interesting addition to the market. It bears a strong resemblance with Marmot’s long-standing Limestone. The Aurora is almost identical in price, fabric thickness and square footage. It also has a higher peak height (it is an inch taller than the Marmot). Both have a similar structure that includes additional poles at its top to extend the walls upwards and away. The Marmot is slightly lighter at just over a pound, and has years of reliable performance. Early signs are encouraging for the Aurora Highrise. It could see a rise in our rankings soon