User Review: NEMO Obi 2P
Source: rented it
This is a great, two-person, backpacking tent that packs down small. It was easy to put up and easy to pack. I used it backpacking a section of the Appalachian Trail in August. We experienced heat, cold, wind, mist and hard rain all in one trip. The tent performed well and I would recommend it to any, one person under six feet tall.
- Packs down small
- Easy to assemble
- Easy to pack
- Good weatherproofing design
- Not for tall people
- Not well vented when it rains
The Nemo Obi 2P is a lightweight, backpacking tent made for three seasons. It weighs only 3lbs, 10oz fully packed and takes up very little space for a tent. The tent body packs down into a stuff-sack (included). Packed, is a cylinder, 7.5 inches long with a 6 inch diameter. The poles are packed separately in a 17 inch-long pole bag.
There is a door on both sides of the tent, each in its own vestibule. The fly reaches down to 3" or 4" from the ground, all the way around. The waterproof sides of the body go well above that, so rain won't get in, even in windy conditions. The body of the tent is mesh over most of the top. The fly has good venting, but the vents must be closed, if it is raining. That is a little unfortunate, but bearable.
Setup is easy. The poles are DAC, featherlight aluminum and it is one piece. The four pole ends snap into these neat plastic clips. The tent body is then hung on the poles by clip hooks; no sleeves to slide the poles through. The fly is draped over the top and clips into the same plastic clips as the poles. Steak out the sides and you're done. I did use all six steaks; four on the body and two on the fly. That kept the tent stable and tight against the wind and rain.
Packing up the tent was even more easy. No complicated rolling or folding to get it back into its bag. Lesser tents come with bags that seem to be an afterthought; not the Obi. It came with a stuff-sack as well constructed as the rest of the tent. Pick up the fly and body, shake them out, fold and roll them up and stuff them into the bag. Pack in the six small steaks and the one-piece pole and you are done.
It rained hard on our last night and it was quite windy. The tent held up well against the wind and rain. The vents at the top of the fly could not be opened in the rain, so condensation built up inside.
I am 6'3" and did not fit well inside this tent. Even laying diagonally, I was always touching at head or foot. That would not have been much of a problem, if it hadn't been for the condensation I mentioned on our last night. If you plan to share this tent, you have to share it with someone you don't mind cuddling.
Overall, the Obi is a great tent that I would definitely recommend. The main reason I would not buy one is the cost. For me, the $370 price tag should buy a tent with a little more room. It would be perfect for anyone shorter, looking to invest in a good lightweight tent for backpacking.