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Gear Review

5 5

Totally Ninja

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

First off, this wasn't a cheap tent. It took me a while before I bit the bullet and swallowed my pride to plunk down some serious coin on this thing. It came down to this tent and the BA Fly Creek for a ultra-light shelter for me and my 65-70lb German Shepherd. We're planning a Colorado Trail Thru-Hike and this shelter ended up being just what I was looking for in a super lightweight 3 season shelter. The dual vestibules make the otherwise rather cramped interior volume that much more usable. The twin entry/exit keep the dirt my pooch brings in off my expensive down sleeping bag and fragile NeoAir matress.

In use, the thing stands up to constant downpore rather well. On a training hike we had two days of sustained raining and not a single drop made it's way into the tent. The dual vents in the fly do well at venting the moisture put out by my huffin' and puffin' dog. In more moderate conditions open up the fly and this thing breathes! A nice flow of air comes from the fly design near the head of the tent and out through the vestibule opening(s).

Another feature I liked was the optional accessories avail. for this tent. Nemo specificly makes a footprint, speciality dog liner for the interior, and a gear loft. Very customizeable.

And best of all, the weight and packability of this thing!! It's NUTS! I've never seen a two person shelter pack down to the size not much larger than a Nalgene (minus poles). Even the poles are shorter than other tents in my quiver. Trail weight is about as light as you're going to find as well.

Flawless Victory!