User Review: NEMO Losi 3P
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: 269
Love this tent, fills all of my needs and then some.
- Deployable fly
- Fast setup
- Useful accessories
- Breathes well
- Aesthetically pleasing
- Not U.L.
I've used this tent on over 50 trips now, and It has left me dry on every occasion. I purchased it based on the serious amount of headroom and the pawprint option. I usually camp with my dog and wife, and the amount of space is perfect... we can have all three of us and our two packs in the tent.
Setup is a breeze... I usually race to erect the tent with anyone else that is camping with me and I always win. I have used it in snow, heavy sideways rain, heavy wind, sand, rock and mud, and it's held up well in every situation and kept me dry and warm.
The only concern I would have would be in areas prone to dust storms, as the rain fly only really covers the mesh areas on the tent. This allows plenty of airflow, but could allow sand to come in in a heavy storm. BUT, I have seen that Nemo makes another version of this fly which comes all the way down to the ground for such areas.
I have never had a problem with condensation in this tent. It cleans up well, and I hang it out to dry every time it gets wet. It does have that strange tent-funk odor to it now, but I think that's inevitable. I really like the amount of mesh on the tent itself, I don't feel like i'm in a tent when the fly is off because it's easy to see through, and allows for nice air circulation. Also, the amount of head room makes changing in the tent really easy.
The tent is crucially stable. I bought it because it's self standing and I've had to pitch it without stakes or guy lines in really rocky and windy conditions - never had an issue. Staked out, it's really taught, and with guy lines, it's not going anywhere. The Garage attachment is the same, and cleverly designed to prevent water from entering the tent.
My only issue was with the buttons on the tent floor that attach the pawprint, they are cumbersome to get to and break off of the tent base when trying to detach the pawprint. I use a small clip to attach them now and this works well. The buttons are an odd size also, so you can't pick up a repair kit off the shelf - I tried 3. Nemo has great customer service and offered to repair the tent, but this required me to send in my tent and I decided to pass. This may have only been an issue with my tent.
The tent comes in a bag that rolls up and secures with velcro. I never use it because it's bulky and inefficient. Instead I picked up three small stuff sacks for the tent, fly and stakes/guy-lines/footprint, and fold/roll the components into them. I bought the smallest ones possible for each component, which can be a pain to pack in nasty weather, but really helps to lessen the pack size and allows us to split the pieces between two backpacks. I also sewed a sack for the poles, because they can get a little clumsy in the pack.
Jakes feet - awesome. Pole clips and not sleeves - necessary. Two vestibules of decent size over two doors, and a good rain fly.
The Jakes feet and clips are composite. I read reviews that pooh-pooh'd them for being flimsy, but they have held up perfectly and my drunk friends haven't broken, or even scratched them yet. Everything attaches easily, except for the two poles which extend the headroom of the tent. They attach to ball clip on the side of the tent which SUCKS to disconnect when it's below freezing.
The fly is made of two materials (one breathes better than the other). It clips to the 4 jakes feet and ties out to 4 additional stakes, 2 off of each door. It's deployable in several ways once initially set up.
- You can roll back the vestibule door alone.
- You can roll the vestibules back entirely and secure them on each side above the door poles.
- OR.... roll the fly up entirely and secure onto one side, and leave it half-clipped to the tent itself. Then you have a clear view of the sky and a're prepared if it rains, as it deploys in less than a minute.
Pawprint: Washable interior, coated to repel water and beer. Doesn't attract fur or hair and is also a great beach mat!
Footprint: Packs smaller than the stakes. clips to the 4 jakes feet. Saves the tent floor. You can use this with the fly and tent poles alone as a sun shelter, which is cool... but you have to remove the jakes feet from the tent and reattach them to the footprint, which is awkward and time consuming.
Garage: I picked this up for about $120 from a Nemo web sale and use it exclusively for bike touring and extended surfing trips. I can fit our packs, at least two bikes and two 7' boards under this vestibule to keep them dry, out of the sun and most importantly out of sight. This is a constructed much heavier material than the fly and is bulky when packed so I don't bring it that often, but it deploys well and provides shade for the dog on hot days.