NEMO Morpho 1P
Source: I had reviewed the Morpho 2P for Trailspace and wanted to see what the differences were in the 1P. NEMO supplied the tent that had been used a number of times as a demo, and let me keep it afterwards.
I've used this tent in a variety of conditions over more than thirty days. Those conditions included a trip with light summer rains, a fall canoe expedition with heavy cold rain, and even though this is a three season tent, I put it through its paces on a winter overnight in heavy snow. Overall, I like this tent for its ease of set up and spaciousness. It is most suited to conditions where constant rain and/or cold weather are not factors, due the non breathable single wall construction which can produce a lot of condensation.
- Because there are no rigid poles, the tent compresses for good packability
- Air supported technology is easy to use
- Foot pump is efficient and inflates the bladders in a few minutes
- Spacious interior for one person
- Condensation in very wet and/or cold conditions
- In heavy rain, only the side vents are usable, as the ends slope preventing better ventilation
- Air bladders, pump and tent's size, add weight
Setup: This tent is one of the easiest to set up of any I have used. Simply stake it out and inflate the bladders with the foot pump. It is not a self supporting tent, so the ends must be staked. With no fly, gear can be tossed inside even before inflating the supports. Footprint is simple and effective. Because the tent is tapered at both ends, though not a mirror image, getting the footprint backwards, front to back can occur when it is dark or you are in a hurry.
Stability: This tent is very stable. The air beams that support the tent have a degree of flex in them that allows the tent to withstand high winds. Though it is a three season tent and not intended for heavy snow, I used it in such conditions and the tent stood up well even with two inches of snow on top.
Weather Resistance: This tent is constructed of non breathable material, so rain does not penetrate the material.
Ventilation: Here is where this tent, as with other non breathable, single wall, waterproof tents have difficulty. The problem is complex, as good ventilation is important in keeping the condensation level inside the tent, to a minimum.
The team at NEMO have attempted to rectify this by adding a breathable panel on the inside top of the tent and large side vents. The effect is that any condensation is supposed to be trapped above the breathable panel and then run down the side wall and exit the tent. This works, though in my opinion, the low side wall vents restrict airflow somewhat.
There is a large window in the rear of the tent that can be opened to a mesh panel. This works well for ventilating the tent, except in rain, as the rear of the tent is sloped and any rain can enter the tent through the mesh panel. The front of the tent is sloped in a similar fashion with a large screened vestibule inside the waterproof outer, that is provided with a large clear plastic window. However, because it is sloped as the rear, the vestibule must be closed in rain.
Here is where a brim or short canopy would be handy, as it would allow the door to be opened leaving just the mesh and ventilation would be much improved.
Room and Storage: This is a roomy tent for one person, with plenty of leg room. Although the highest point near the front of the tent is not higher than other similar tents, it is high enough to allow a six footer to sit up easily. Pockets around the interior are useful for storing a headlamp, gloves, socks, etc. Clips on the inside at the air beams can be used to run a small drying line.
Packability: Although not the smallest packed solo tent I have used(doubtless due to the bulk of the air beams and pump, the Morpho 1P is easily packed into its well designed stuff sack.
Ease of Use: Once the pump and valve system are understood, the system works quite well. The first time I encountered the air supported technology, I was setting up a Morpho 2P in the dark. I had read the directions, but not practiced with it (my fault). However, I had no problems getting that tent up very quickly.
Features: The air supported beams instead of rigid poles, are the unique part of this tent. NEMO's founder, Cam Bresinger got the idea from working on space suits for NASA. They work well, and though there is the chance that they will leak, I have had no problems with mine. On one extended trip, I did experience a leak in the foot pump, which I was able to fix with sealant and duct tape.
Construction and Durability: The construction is first rate and all of NEMO's tents are made here in the U.S. Though I did experience a leak in my foot pump, I have had no other problems with this tent. I will note that because it is supported by air beams, leaks can occur and there is the possibility that you might wake up with a deflated tent. Spare air beams are available. Additionally, the tent could be erected with guys from the peaks to convenient trees or boulders, should the need arise.
Conditions: As I noted in the summary, I have used this tent in a variety of conditions. While I would not recommend it for areas likely to experience heavy rain for days on end, for a single wall tent it performs quite well. To be fair, I have used double wall tents in similar heavy rain and cold days (Venus Exped) and found like amounts of condensation forming on the underside of the fly, which can then enter the tent.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $180
Great looking tent. Setup is fast and easy. It does not pack as easy or small as advertised. You do have to take some time to allow all of the air to leave the support beams in order to pack down as small as possible.
- No poles
- Fast setup
- Single wall
- Doesn't pack quite as easy as expected
- Single wall breathability
I was always interested in Nemo air supported tents but never wanted to spend over $300 on one of these tents. REI had a great sale so I couldn't pass it up.
Tent looks great and I'm very pleased with my purchase. I've had many tents (single person and double) from Sierra Designs, Kelty, REI, and now the Nemo.
Would rate this tent as my go-to solo tent. It has a lot of room for a solo tent. I'm 6'2 195lbs and fit in this tent with plenty of room for keeping my gear in.
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Nemo has created the Morpho 1P tent with smaller airbeams that help this solo tent inflate faster and pack down smaller. This nonfreestanding, single-wall tent holds its own against strong wind and rain and in a pinch, will shelter two. This air tent, constructed with Nemo's airbeams, has remarkable strength, is easy setup, and simplicity at its best. At 3.7 lbs and 30 sq ft, the reviewers and testers from Backpacker called this tent one of the most versatile. This single-wall tent is perfect for those looking to stretch out in the 8-foot 8-inch long floor. Morpho(TM) 1P is the solo version of our flagship Morpho(TM) 2P tent. Thanks to smaller diameter airbeams, Morpho(TM) 1P inflates faster and packs considerably smaller than its bigger brother, but retains the same comfort. Solo campers who covet their elbow room can rejoice in Morpho(TM) 1P's huge interior space. Non-breathable walls with an upper waterproof/breathable panel help reduce the weight, while smart crossbow-style vents provide good ventilation and funnel condensation out of the tent. An expansive rear vent also provides versatile ventilation options. Includes a Nemoid(TM) Foot Pump, watertight stuff sack, stakes, and repair kit.Features 3 lbs, 14 oz (1.8 kg) 30 sq ft (2.8 sq m) 7 sq ft (0.7 sq m) Vestibule Nemoid(TM) Foot Pump included
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Those looking for a super compact tent for ominous weather and gear heavy endeavors like expedition canoeing, sea kayaking or bicycle touring will appreciate the Nemo Morpho 2. Fine tuned to be the perfect all-weather shelter, the Morpho 2 boasts innovative design free of rigid poles and the ability to withstand double the downward force compared to traditional high-strength aluminum poles, so you'll never need to worry about bent poles in the backcountry. Fully seam sealed, waterproof/breathable fabric keeps you dry through heavy rainstorms Excellent ventilation controls internal moisture, rear scoop vent is reinforced by a hoop to allow excellent high-low ventilation Simply stake and inflate using the Nemo hand pump, in the rain, stake, stash gear and inflate from inside ExoFly(TM) Retractable vestibule can be rolled back to provide extra storage space Boot Cut(TM) shields two pairs of shoes or a small pack from the rain Packs into small and irregular spaces as there are no rigid poles Easy set up, requires less than 1 minutes to inflate, deflates in seconds Dry bag style stuff sack, Nemoid(TM) Foot Pump, stakes, and repair kit included
Free Shipping. Nemo Morpho 1 Person Tent DECENT FEATURES of the Nemo Morpho 1 Person Tent The advantages of AST include faster setup, greater strength and wind resistance, easy field repair, and small pack size The ExoFly Retractable Vestibule can be rolled back to provide extra storage space on Morpho series tents Simply unclip and retract the inner tent from the fly Morpho 1P's expansive rear vent can be deployed from inside the tent allowing for versatile venting options The rear scoop vent in Morpho 2P is a re-inforced hoop that keeps the rear vent deployed at all times, allowing low-to-high ventilation The SPECS of the Nemo Morpho 1 Person Tent Capacity: 1 Person Frame: 2in. / 5 cm diameter Airbeam Minimum Weight: 3 lbs 14 oz / 1.8 kg Packed Weight: 4 lbs 6 oz / 2.0 kg Floor Dimension: 104 x 44in. / 264 x 112 cm Interior Height: 37in. / 94 cm Floor Area: 30 square feet / 2.8 square meter Vestibule Area: 7 square feet / 0.7 square meter Packed Dimension: 10 x 7 Diameter: 25 x 18 cm Shell: 40D OSMO W/B/30D PU Nylon Vestibule: 30D PU Nylon Floor: 30D PU Nylon Stuff Sack Style: Dry Bag Included Accessories: Dry bag style stuff sack, Nemoid Foot Pump, stakes, guy-out cord, repair kit Optional Accessories: Spare bladders, Integrated Pump, Ultralight Integrated Pump, Footprint, Pawprint OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean. ALL CLIMBING SALES ARE FINAL. This product can only be shipped within the United States. Please don't hate us. Nemo products cannot be shipped to Japan. Please don't hate us.
The Nemo Morpho 1 Tent is the solo version of the flagship Morpho 2 tent. Thanks to smaller diameter airbeams, Morpho 1 inflates faster and packs considerably smaller than its bigger brother, but retains the same comfort and spaciousness. The Morpho does not use traditional tents poles but instead icorporates NEMO's revolutionary airbeam. Once installed, the tents sets up in seconds with the included nemo air pump. Morpho 1 and 2 are known for their spacious interior, easy setup and uniqute construction.