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    Nemo Tents

    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.

    Cheers guys

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    http://us.hilleberg.com/EN/tent/red-label-tents/akto/

    ##The Akto is a spacious and amazingly light solo tent with true all season function.

    I've used this for several years with no complaints.
    Voltair once said: if you want to know who rules you, ask who you can't criticize.

    Xtightg always said: The older I get, the lighter I like the things I need to carry.

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    Cheers for the input. The Akto is quite a bit smaller being a one person, 700 gms heavier and costs over $1000 in NZ

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    They get pretty good reviews overseas man. I reckon give it a go and do a write up in how they go in nz conditions. What's popular here can be as much about marketing and supply as it is about function.
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    Yeah I'm pretty much sold unless someone comes up with something better. I'm in no rush to buy but will post something up if I do buy one.

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    I hear you about the Exped. I have a Venus II which is a really really nice tent but it weighs over 3 kg. Mind you so do 4 season rated tents I suppose. And the Expeds are certainly sturdily built. I think the Nemo sounds very good and Outdoorgearlab seem pretty good in their recommendations. I also have a siltarp II which I have paired with an army surplus bivy bag. That’s 1.3 kg total so not ultra light I guess but pretty small and handy.

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    Yeah, spent 48 hrs on Bevan Col at about 1850m once in a storm with 120km hr winds in the Exped and thought the tent was gonna be shredded, but it was fine, not a single rip. Was pretty impressed.
    The Stiltrap's are a great wee fly for one or two people, I like how you can set them up differently to suit your situation with a bit of imagination.
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