My last tent began a complete and utter breakdown on the last couple of camping trips. Parts were quite literally just falling off the tent, and I mean that. At one point while the tent was set up, I was sitting next to it and one of the little teardrop transparent windows just spontaneously fell off the tent. When taking it down I noticed that the other window was also coming un-glued, that the seam tape had almost completely delaminated and since the tent seemed to be leaking like a sieve on the last few outings, I felt it was time for an upgrade.
I began my research, I knew that I wanted something similar to what I had been using. I really liked the 2 doors, 2 vestibules, the MSR Hubba Hubba was high in my list of contenders but out of nowhere I began to see stuff about this company called NEMO that I hadn’t heard much about before. Read a bunch of reviews, did some comparisons and decided that with all I knew at this point I’d like to have the Losi 2P.
First a bit of a comparison, stacking up my new tent the Losi 2P against my old one the Marmot Aeolus 2P and a very popular well know tent the MSR Hubba Hubba
|NEMO Losi 2P||Marmot Aeolus 2P||MSR Hubba Hubba|
|Maximum Weight||5 lbs 12 ozs/2.6 kg||5 lbs 12 ozs/2.6 kg||4 lbs 8 ozs/ 2.04 kg|
|Minimum Weight||4 lbs 15 ozs/ 2.2 kg||5 lbs 5 ozs/2.4 kg||4 lbs/1.82 kg|
|Dimensions||46x54x86 in/117x137x218 cm||40x56x90 in/101.6×142.2×228.6 cm||40x49x84 in/100x124x210 cm|
|Vestibule Area||22 sq ft/2.0 sq m||19 sq ft /1.8 sq m||17.5 sq ft/ 1.6 sq m|
My initial testing was at Gambier Lake on Gambier Island, the Losi 2P has the same packed weight as my previous tent, but seems to pack much smaller. The design of the tent bag is really great, a place for everything and everything in its place. A separate pocket for the pegs and extra guy lines, a sleeve for the poles, and a large mesh pocket for the tent and fly, all of which seal with Velcro. The whole thing rolls up, more Velcro to hold it shut and two compression straps to finish it off.
I even like the touch of including a few of the larger constellations on the label on the inside of the bag. This added touch makes it seem like they spent the time to add just a few extra features here and there. This “added touch” seems to be a theme for the makers of this tent.
Tent set up is a breeze, even with one person as the poles all snap into the tent corners using a ball and socket attachment. The makers of NEMO tents use an attachment system called the Jake’s Foot.
There are 2 more poles which help support the sidewalls, these slide through their pole sleeves, over the tops of the central poles and then click socket halfway up the wall of tent.
The 2 big D doors, bathtub floor and all No-See-Um Mesh for the walls and roof will make this a great summer tent, in fair weather the views will be fantastic without the fly on, no bugs and a nice view of the sky.
I was surprised to see that the tent comes with a Gear Caddy.
This hangs on the wall of the tent, at either the head or the foot and can be moved to whichever end you’d prefer. I really liked having it, the large bottom pocket held all the stuff I didn’t need in my pockets over the weekend, money, wallet, cellphone, etc. Keeping it secure and not rolling around loose in the tent. The upper one held my sunglasses and other odds and ends. The two central pockets are covered with a light diffusing material and are meant to hold your headlamp/flashlight while in the tent. With one in each pocket it provided enough light to easily see by, though not enough to read by.
The interior of the tent feels really spacious, enough room to sit up anywhere in the tent and could easily sit 4 adults for a round of cards or something in bad weather.
The vestibule is a nice green colour, which I really like compared to the orange of my previous tent. Feels cooler inside, not so intense, the light seems more diffuse and it made sleeping in a little easier as it didn’t feel quite so bright inside the tent.
Really like the vestibule set up, lots of room for packs and you can even easily get in and out of the tent without dragging the vestibule in with you. That was always a problem with my Marmot tent, in rainy weather there was no way to not bring a fair amount of wet tent inside with you.
The vestibule also allows for various configurations depending on how you peg it out and which parts you choose to roll up. Really appreciate the overall design and attention to this kind of thing.
My first impressions of this tent are all favourable and it’s a much nicer tent than my previous one. We even got to experience a small thunder and lightning storm with some rather large raindrops for a while. Rain just rolled right off the tent, and there is plenty of separation between the tent body and the fly. I had an ongoing issue with the Marmot where the fly would “stick” to the tent, especially above the doors.
There were things about the Marmot I never liked, the design of the vestibules being the main one, but I also didn’t like the pockets provided on the inside of the tent. They were stitched in in such a way that the opening formed a diagonal. Nothing ever stayed in those pockets for long, no matter what things would inevitably roll out of them and end up just sitting loose on the floor of the tent.
All of these issues are nonexistent in this tent, the vestibule design is different and the gear caddy takes care of the stuff. I look forward to using this tent a lot more over the next few years and will add my thoughts about it here as time goes on.
Now I just need to order a footprint…..NEMO any chance of sending a fan a free gift…lol?