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I’m not a gearhead. I’m no expert when it comes to the best gear or (mis)adventures in general. One thing I do know is the Nemo Hornet 2P has sheltered me across 1000s of miles, keeping me perfectly dry and relatively warm in a variety of climates and weather conditions.
Tent Erection for Dummies
This picture was taken the first time I set up my Nemo Hornet, fresh out of the package. I hadn’t camped since I was a small child and had never set up a tent by myself. I opened the package and discovered one Y-shaped tent pole, the tent itself and a rainfly. Five minutes later I was delighted to discover I could set up this tent with ease.
This sentiment would be reiterated every time I had to set up my tent after a long day of hiking or biking. Eyes bleary with exhaustion, limbs heavy, setting up my tent was never a chore: it was a simple task undertaken in a few short minutes.
My first trip with my Nemo Hornet was across the United States on the Northern Tier Bike Route. It took 76 days through mountains and plains from Maine to Washington.
One night, I set up my tent in a park not far from a river. Not long after setting up my tent and sleep system the sky opened up with rain. Much to my inexperienced dismay, I quickly realized I had set up my tent in a low spot in the grass. Water pooled up around the tent as I began to panic, trying to imagine how I would get all my gear out of the tent without getting soaked in the rain or puddling water. Unsure of what to do, I watched the water rise until only the very tips of the grass were showing, maybe three inches of water. My tent appeared to be floating in a tiny pond, but I and all my gear stayed completely dry. The tub-like construction of the tent floor worked superbly, keeping this camping-newbie totally dry and comfortable.
Through 30 mph winds, severe thunderstorms, and falling branches this tent kept me safe, dry and comfortable. To read more about my experiences on the Northern Tier, click here.
Dobby’s first night in a tent was in our Hornet, when he was about 8 months old. Anyone with an 8-month-old dog can tell you they are a little crazy. No amount of his craziness seemed to hurt this tent. Dobby still to this day has plenty of room to stretch out with me and all our belongings inside the tent.
The only accessory I purchased for the Hornet was the footprint, which protects the bottom of the tent from roots, rocks, etc.
What I Love
Plenty of space for me (I’m 5’6) and my dog as well as all our gear
2 vestibules and 2 doors so no one has to wake their partner to pee in the middle of the night
Proven waterproof in multiple moderate to severe thunderstorms and subsequent puddles
Stayed in place during 30mph winds on Lake Erie
Incredibly easy to set up and take down quickly
Super lightweight at around 2 lbs.
What I Don’t
Semi-freestanding tent cannot be fully set up on rocky or hard ground
Tent stakes did not hold up very well after: after about 70 uses they have all bent, one snapped in half. I replaced them with MSR Groundhog Tent Stakes
Anyone taller than 6 feet who wants to stretch their legs straight out may want to upgrade to the Nemo Dagger 3P
Minimum Weight 1 lb , 15 oz / 878 g
Packed Weight 2 lb , 6 oz / 1.08 kg
Packed Size 19.5 x 5.5 in dia / 50 x 14 cm dia
Peak Height 39 in / 98 cm
Floor Area 27.5 sq ft / 2.6 sq m
Floor Dimensions 85 x 51/43 in / 215 x 130/108 cm
Vestibule Area 7.1 sq ft + 7.1 sq ft / 0.7 sq m + 0.7 sq m