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Nov 10th, 2018 at 9:39am
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Hi all, Iím in the market for a new tent. I already have an Exped Sirius II which Iíve had a for a few years now and the thing is bullet proof but at 3kg, Iím looking for something a little lighter in the 3 season range. I also have a Stiltarp 2 which is great for fast and light trips when the weather is looking pretty good.

So what I am I looking for in a new tent?
2 person, semi lightweight (under 1.2kg), double layer, bug proof, not too expensive, quick to pitch, something that I can use spring, summer and autumn in a semi sheltered position.

Even though I am after a two person tent, it will be used more for me and the dog or solo missions and occasionally take the wife away which is almost never. Iím not after superlight weight, like the Cuban fibre options, just canít afford them.
I like the double layer tents, to me if you have a single layer tent, you need to have that much ventilation going through it you may as well just be using a tarp to keep the condensation out.

So Iíve been looking at all types of tents, looked hard at some of the Big Agnes, MSR, Macpac, Kuiu options, reading reviews on here and other forums and then I came across the Outdoor Gear Lab website and started reading their tent reviews.

The tents that kept on ticking all the boxes for me was the Nemo Tent range, especially the Hornet 2 person tent. Iíve never heard of these tents before so I watched a few reviews on them and they seem like just what I want.

Yes it is a bit small for 2 people but thatís not really a problem using it solo, the vestibules are small but again not a problem using it solo, itís stable in the wind and offers good rain protection, it weighs in at 1kg, packs down fairly small and you can buy them in NZ for $650, a lot cheaper than some of the other options I have looked at. It consistently gets rated as a best buy or editors picks in the Outdoor Gear lab reviews. The only real drawbacks I can see is that you have to pitch the inner first then the fly over the top and this style of tent can let a bit of water in when entering in wet conditions.

What sort of surprised me is I havenít seen anybody mention Nemo tents on here or any other NZ forums that I have found. There is an Elite version of the Hornet (slightly lighter than the Fly Creek HV2) available that is a lot more expensive but also rates well in the Outdoor Gear Lab reviews. Some of their other tents look pretty good as well like the Nemo Dagger 2 person tent.

Has anybody used one or looked at them but decided on a different tent instead? I would appreciate any info that anyone has on them.
I'm in no hurry to buy and would be interested in any other suggestions around the $600 -700 range.

Posted on the other forum, just seeing if I get any other replies here.

Cheers guys
  
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Re: Nemo Tents
Reply #1 - Nov 12th, 2018 at 11:59am
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Taktonka Kiruna. 2 people at a push, 2.3kg. Got good reviews

Vango Xenon F2
1.5 - 2 person. Tunnel tent, like the Tatonka Kiruna but only 1.6kg. The lighter weight has advantages and disadvantages. Mine got smashed in NW on the tops. The material was fine but side on to the NW both poles broke, and were easily replaced by Twin Needle.
  

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Reply #2 - Nov 12th, 2018 at 5:01pm
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Cheers for that, the weight of the Tatonka is getting up there. I already own a 3kg tent so 2.3kg aint much lighter but the Vango may be an option.  Looks pretty much like a lighter version of the Exped I have, so maybe worth looking at. 
I'm starting to think the Hornet just might be a bit too flimsy and read a couple of reviews that didn't sound good.
  
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Reply #3 - Nov 12th, 2018 at 6:47pm
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Can't really help with what you want. I was in the same position about a year ago. Looked at the nemo tents but was a bit out of price range for me. Ended up getting a Macpac minaret. Fairly heavy but also pretty tough. Awesome for one person and gear, ceiling is slightly low if you're tall. Have had me and my 12 year old son and gear in it.

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Reply #4 - Nov 13th, 2018 at 8:03am
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Yeah the Macpac gear is pretty awesome. Have looked at the Minaret and probably a bloody good choice for a person with only one tent
  
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Backcountrygear.com has got 25% off Nemo tents starting today , your Hornet 2 is  $277.45 US

https://www.backcountrygear.com/nemo-tents/promotions/sale-items-only.html

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