Nemo Hornet™ 2P Ultralight Backpacking Tent Review (or 1p, 1dog)
As enthusiasm for backpacking experiences an upswing, so does demand for high-tech and ultra light weight solutions to the heavy problem which plagues the past time (read as: you gotta pack that shit on your back). For years the counter-culture has provided intelligent solutions, it is only recently that they are coming to the forefront, as more people seek to lighten their loads. Nemo's Hornet 2 person Ultralight Backpacking tent, at an impressive 2 lb 2 oz, sets the commercial bar high for the freestanding market. Breathability, structural integrity, durability and waterproofness are not compromised with the choices of lightweight materials. This smart 1 pole design (DAC with cross-bar spreader) offers ease of set-up, room for gear protection in one vestibule, while you cook or use the other as an entrance/exit. Well thought out clips and zips add to the appeal and ease of use.
I have two notes: first, the floorspace and headroom are wanting for 2, unless one of you is a dog, which one of is, so it's all good here. Secondly, the top of the vestibules do not extend over door of the tent, which may inevitably invite water in when the vestibule is opened during heavy rain.
I look forward to seeing what Nemo offers in the future, as thoughtfulness of the design is evident, as is an understanding of consumer needs.
What the manufacturer says:
"NEMO's Hornet 2P is the only 2lb freestanding backpacking tent with two doors and two vestibules, while still managing to offer the ultimate in livability and comfort among ultralight backpacking tents."
Capacity 2 People (or 1 person, 1 dog)
Minimum Weight 2lbs 0oz, 910g
Trail Weight 2 lbs, 2 oz / 970 g
Floor Dimensions 85 x 51 (footwidth) 43 in / 216 x 128 (footwidth)
Floor Area 28 sq ft
Vestibule Area 16 sq ft
Interior Height 40 in
Number of Doors 2
Frame Description 1 DAC 8.7 mm Featherlite NFL
Packed Size 19 x 5 in dia / 48 x 12 cm dia
Vestibule Fabric 10D Sil / PU Nylon Ripstop
Fly Fabric 10D Sil / PU Nylon Ripstop
Canopy Fabric 20D Nylon Ripstop / No see um mesh
Floor Fabric 15D PeU Nylon
Color Birch Leaf Green