Backpacking the light wayPrior to heading off to camp around the world for a year we researched more tents than I knew existed. One brand the rose to the top of the bowl of cream was Nemo Equipment, a company out of New England that are producing quality outdoor equipment.
We are travelling for 12 months with only 55L packs so we wanted something small, light and durable that would stand up to rigorous use and be capable of sheltering us in comfort from the depths of Patagonia to the scorching beaches of the Colombia.
The Nemo Dagger 2p; weighing in at only 1.52kgs; and taking little more room than a fully stuffed down sleeping bag, is perfect for all backpacking needs.
Below is a breakdown of the pros and cons of this versatile backpacking tent compiled after six
months of rigorous use through Patagonia, The Central Andes, Peruvian Highlands, Colombian coastal zones and Canadian Forests.
- Light weight (one of the lightest in its class available)
- Incredibly quick to erect and dismantle, perfect when it’s raining.
- Comfortable length (I am 6’2 and fit easily)
- Good storage areas for packs, boots etc in the external vestibules
- Warm in all conditions. We have used it on mountains in Peru where it was -10degC and we’re fine.
- Quick drying when wet.
- Lots of options for opening the vestibules and doors etc for amazing views from your campsite.
- Separable storage bags so you can spread the load.
- The air vents are not the best so it can get a bit dewy.
- When wet the fly goes a little bit soapy which is gross when packing up wet. (This dries really quickly though)
- After six months the mesh is starting to wear quite hard and we are constantly patching.
Overall 8/10, we love our Nemo and rate it as a great tent for you backpacking adventure!