NEMO Dragonfly 1
A lightweight, high quality, solo tent with great space and weather protection.
- Packs down small
- Large vestibule
- High quality materials
- You'll probably want to upgrade/add stakes; I use Groundhogs for the vestibule, guylines and Mini Groundhogs for the tent body.
A great solo shelter.
It's lightweight, 2lbs 13 oz in its stuff sack. I carry its parts seperately: the poles and stakes in the Nemo bags provided that have cords with toggles, and the tent body and fly in a Sea to Summit Ultra Sil compression sack. The Nemo tent bag un-zips into two halves to carry the body and fly in one half. I'd recommend carrying a footprint, the bathtub floor's lightweight fabric (20 denier) is delicate.
The tent has great interior height (39" peak). I am 6'1" and have no problem sitting up straight in it or getting dressed inside. It has a light diffusing overhead pocket for a headlamp. The hubbed poles (pre-bent featherlite DAC) are a large and smaller V at each end of the tent, and a two-piece separate pole sits atop the main pole structure and attaches to plastic clips in the fly. The vestibule is huge for a solo. It requires two stakes instead of the usual one.
Overall, the Dragonfly is expensive (waiting for a REI or Backcountry 20% off sale helps), but if you are doing multi-day hikes that require weight savings and weather protection, it is worth the cost.
I have carried it on two Northville-Placid Trail section hikes (5 and 7 days) in the Adirondacks and it really performed well. The NPT is notoriously wet. Set up is easy, the tabs are color coded, and it is very large for a solo, which allows you to wait out weather comfortably.
I highly recommend.
I have done 107 solo backpacking nights since 2015, and have numerous solo tents. This is the best.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $280
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Current Retail: $359.95
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Reviewers Paid: $280.00
2 lb 1 oz / 948 g
2 lb 10 oz / 1.2 kg
19.5 x 4.0 in dia / 50 x 10 cm dia
40 in / 102 cm
20.3 sq ft / 1.9 sq m
88 x 35/32 in / 223.52 x 88.9/80 cm
10.0 sq ft / 0.9 sq m