User Review: NEMO Meta 1P
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150 (on sale)
One-person, single wall, non-freestanding tent. Stable, three-season structure. Works well for those needing lightweight, full-coverage shelter.
- Light weight (2 lbs max)
- Relatively easy setup
- Solid construction
- Tent stakes are light
- Single wall tent - very thin fabric
- Need to guy out ends to keep from sagging
- Tent stakes are light (bend easy)
Very light, single wall tent, even with the 9 stakes to fully set up. Great for trekking pole users (uses one for center). Fairly easy setup — I would recommend set up/take down a few times before using on a trip. You will need 2 extra stakes for the ends — use the other trekking pole to pull the end away from where your head will be.
Stable in wind and rain — I have not set up in a fully-exposed location yet. I would not recommend for snow camping. I've left one side of vestibule open in light drizzle, with no issues.
In the Southeast, downside of single wall is issues with condensation - take a small pack towel. However, the fabric dries quickly and comes with a dry stuff sack - keeps other gear in pack from getting wet. For a single wall, there is fairly good ventilation options (high and low mesh openings).
Hikers over 6 ft tall will find the length very tight. Good storage pocket locations inside. Vestibule is adequate and allows for opening one half or all. Or, propping up, as a canopy, with additional trekking pole. Fold the tent when packing up and you can get the compression stuff sack (included) very small.
Material is thin - carefully zip entrance closed - to prevent tent and screen material from being caught in zipper and make sure you have some kind of groundsheet.
I converted from much heavier two person, free standing tent to this. Much lighter to set up, take down, dry out. I've had this for almost a year now and it has done well for the 3 camping and 2 backpacking trips I've done. In the Southeast, it does what I need it to do - keeps the bugs at bay, keeps me dry, easy to set up and easy to carry.