Nemo Obi 2P Tent

NEMO recently had a sale on The Clymb, so I snapped up one of the Obi 2P tents for use on backpacking trips. I wanted a tent that was light enough for one person to carry on solo adventures, but could easily fit two people or even one person and a dog on other trips.

With no prior instruction, I was immediately impressed by how quick and easy the Obi 2P tent is to set up. The Green anodized DAC featherlite NSL poles come tied together in a single stick man configuration, making it dead simple to figure out which end goes where and eliminating the possibility of losing or leaving behind a section. The tent is completely free standing, which means you can set it up and get the same amount of headroom without staking. 

NEMO tents use a Jake's Foot connector for the poles, inner tent, fly, and footprint. These connectors are extremely lightweight, compact and handy, but If you haven't used them before, they can take a few tries to understand where everything goes. I would recommend setting up the tent a few times to practice before you head out on your first backpacking trip.

NEMO Obi 2P Inner Tent

The Obi 2P is definitely a three season tent as the inner tent is constructed mostly of mesh. A raised bathtub floor, however, will keep any rain or running water out. To save on weight, the outer fly is cut out to the height of the bathtub floor, meaning some wind can get under but will improve on ventilation. 

Weighing only 3 pounds, this NEMO tent is definitely light enough for one person to carry and provides plenty of room for you and your gear. Two people can fit in the tent as well, though you may be a little cramped and you will have to keep most of your gear outside. Luckily, one big zipper runs across the entire width of the fly and the inner tent has an opening on both sides, making it super convenient for two people to get in and out. 

NEMO Obi 2P Tent

I also purchased the matching Obi 2P Footprint. Made from 70D abrasion resistant, waterproof nylon, the footprint is a great way to keep your tent from getting dirty and wet, as well as prolonging the life of the floor. You can also hook the rain fly directly into the footprint if you are looking for a real fast and light solution and don't plan to backpack through bug country.  

To further cut down on weight, there is only one small internal pocket big enough for your sunglasses and phone. However, you can buy the NEMO Gear Caddy accessory if you want some more organization space. 

NEMO throws in some extra guyline cord to attach to the loops on the fly if you plan on camping somewhere windy. I would also highly recommend adding longer guyline cord to the existing points if you plan on camping in a place where stakes are useless (see the top picture). Longer guyline loops will make it easier to wrap around large rocks to use as a base.

Bottom Line: The NEMO Obi 2P is the perfect three season tent for lightweight backpacking, either for two people in close quarters or as a solo palace. 

The NEMO Obi 2P tent retails for $390, with the Obi 2P Footprint at $45. 

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  1. fyi… the fly (as shown in the picture) is upside down. it should be flipped to take advantage of some great features including the vents, expander loops, and fly tie-downs.

    This is truly a great lightweight backpacking tent… it performed superbly during some rare sleet/snowfall and strong winds on a recent back-country trip in Big Bend.

  2. Used this tent on my own for a couple of days now in wet and windy conditions, temperatures just above and below freezing.

    – Light, very small pack size, beautiful design in all the details, quick to set up, sturdy in wind, nearly self-standing, nice to look out doors, sitting height just about OK, decent vestibules.
    – The ‘jakes foot’ design is great, in my view. So is the zip design. Single pole is easy to use.
    – ventilation in summer should be excellent and is OK for winter
    – A beautiful real tent with a tiny weight and pack size.

    – short (I am 1.80m and it’s just about OK with mat and sleeping bag)
    – narrow, inner walls sloping in (for 2 only if on good terms, and zero baggage inside)
    – condensation: the lower third of the top end is a single-wall and the hood of my sleeping bag was really wet in the morning from there
    – comes with 6 nice pegs, but needs 8 (the guyout at the top end is necessary to keep outer and inner from touching in rain

    Design flaws:
    – gap of inner to outer too large on the side and top (despite connection), wasting inner space
    – ‘single wall’ at top end, and (to a lesser degree) foot end (if only the outer would come down some 20cm more there … In wet and cold conditions condensation (from the ground and from you) will run down the inside of an outer tent. With a single wall construction, you get this *inside* the tent, even with good ventilation. (I’m so glad I didn’t buy a Black Diamond HiLite!)

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