User Review: NEMO Meta 2P
Design: 3 season ultralight trekking pole tent
Ease of Setup: Can't get easier, time from digging the stuff sack out to fully set up is about 4-6mins
Price Paid: $319
I have the Meta 2P. I recieved it on July 27th, and have slept in it every night since then. I LOVE this tent, it is by far the best tent I have ever purchased, and in my opinion is worth every single penny I paid for it.
Set up was extremely easy, I had the tent up in about 6 minutes. One minor thing I noted. The two webbing straps that you stake out to tension the grommet for the trekking pole tip. You put the tent stake through a metal ring on the end of that strap. You have to pay attention to make sure the tent stake grooves grip the ring or when you start tensioning the tent with the trekking poles it will pop free. It took me a minute to figure out what was happening. It just takes a little attention to detail, no biggy. I am thinking about using a different style tent stake for the webbing straps, one with more of a hook rather than a tiny little groove. Like I said, very minor issue.
So 5 nights so far in the Meta.
Night 1: Was a light rain, I had the vestibules fully open (tied back) and the tent stayed completely dry. It also breathed quite well, the temp was 71.
Night 2: Severe thunderstorm, this was the test of all tests lol. Temp low 60s, winds sustained at 20-30mph, with gusts probally upwards of 60-80. And heavy, heavy, heavy rain for about a 3 hour period, and a light to moderate rain for the rest of the night after that. For this night I had the vestibules half open, each only attached at the buckle point on each side, and the other half tied back. When the whipping winds started up I would occassionally get a little spray into the tent from the half open vestibules, But I pretty much expected this I just wanted to see how well the tent would perform in this setup. This tent is absolutely bomb proof. During the whole storm the tent barely moved, it held up like a champ. In the morning I went inside and watched the news and found out tons of trees had been uprooted in my town! I knew those winds were bad!
Night 3: Clear, with a temp of 58. A very comfortable night, both vestibules fully closed. Tent still breathed remarkably well. No evidence of condensation in the morning.
Night 4: Clear with a temp of 61, vestibules fully open, a super comfy night. No evidence of condensation in the morning.
Night 5: Passing showers, temp 60s, vestibules fully closed. Pretty comfy night, ventillation was ok. Would have been better if there was a wind, there wasn't really one to speak of. No evidence of condenation in the morning.
A few of the things I noticed during my 5 night test. The wall vents inside the tent do not always stay fully open. Not sure if this was a setup issue, i.e. maybe It needs to be just a little taughter. Will mess around with that later. But in the meantime I put a tiny piece of open cell foam around the little tension line that alows you to cinch the the vent closed. This holds it fully open quite nicely.
Now I want to be clear here, the vent opening itself on the outside of the tent where the guy line is is fully open, just on the inside of the tent one half of it would be open and the other half would be pulled against the tent fabric hence being closed. Both sides of the tent were like this. The foam remidied it however.
The only other thing I noticed was the webbing strap issue that I mentioned earlier. Otherwise, this tent is GREAT. Lots of room inside, I am 5'11" about 210. With my sleeping pad and bag and me, and my wife beside me we had about a foot or so between us. Plenty of room to sit up straight. Laying down I have about 6-8 inches clearance on either side of the tent from hitting the wall.
The tent setup included the Meta 2P obviously, the tent stakes it came with, Black Diamond Alpine carbon cork trekking poles fully extended. The footprint and the paw print.
Footprint, works like any other footprint. Gets the job done, easy to attach.
Pawprint: I LOVE this thing, it is so soft and comfy. It's like having a high quality bed sheet. I got it mainly so my husky won't damage the tent floor. But it makes the tent that much more comfy, and takes the otherwise slickness away from the tent floor. The instructions recommended putting sleeping pads under the pawprint. This worked out great because it kept them in place perfectly. It would probally also provide just a little bit more insulation from cold ground since its essentially trapping a pocket of air between the tent floor and the pawprint. The pawprint attaches easily with 4 snap buttons, one in each corner of the tent.
Tent is easy to pack into its waterproof compression sack, very nice I might add.
I am very pleased with this tent. I would recommend to anyone. I would rate this 4.5 out of 5, due to the two minor issues I noted with the stap and vent. I paid $319 from mountain plus, this included the tent, footprint, and pawprint. Total weight with everything needed and that I used for my setup comes in at 4lbs 9oz. This can easily be dropped down by not using the pawprint or footprint. Base tent, stuffsack, stakes, repair kit, weigh in at 2.9lbs.
This is far better than my old tent that was like 9lbs 12oz.
Use the Meta 2P! It is the best tent I have ever had the pleasure of using.