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NEMO Kunai 2P

photo: NEMO Kunai 2P four-season tent

Recently broke down and bought the Nemo Kunai 2p for backpacking, was a little hesitant based on the cost, but so far the tent has been worth one investment. Today I have only been able to test the tent in warmer weather and the tent has performed well. Withstands the strong winds and rain of a late summer storm and is not uncomfortable at night.

Pros

  • Easy setup
  • Versatility
  • Quality materials
  • Relatively lightweight
  • Packs back in the bag well

Cons

  • Could use more tent stakes from the manufacturer
  • Cost

Setup is simple and materials are excellent. While it is a bit heavier than some other options, the versatility of one tent for all but the hottest months of the year is an excellent tradeoff. I am looking forward to some cold weather test as soon as it get cold.

The ventilation was good, will have to wait for colder weather to really get a good feel for four-season ventilation.

As for the size of the tent it will suit most people well. If you are over 6ft2in you might want a longer tent. Like all 2-person tents it’s roomy for 1 person, 2 people fit, but very close and cozy.

It packs well in my Osprey Aether 65.  The bag has two closures to cut the pack size down when the poles are packed separately or carried by a buddy

The only thing I would add is 3 to 4 more tent stakes to fully stake out all the guy lines.

Update

Finally, got some cold weather, wind, and even a little bit of snow.   The Kunai performed quite well in all.   The overnight low was only 24F, but I had no measurable condensation in the tent the night it snowed.  The second night was along a small river and got to about 20F, there was a little condensation that night and the interior of the tent was tolerable in the morning.  As for the wind on the first night, it was out of the north, gusting to 25mph and was not noticed in the tent other than the sound of the wind blowing.  The snow did seem to stick to the tent, but it was a wet snow, so no big surprise there.   The snow was gone, and the tent was dry enough to pack up by mid-morning on the first morning.

 

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Still looking to test the tent in more extreme weather on a future trip.

Experience

Have been camping and backpacking over a decade, both with scouts and on my own. My true passion is teaching outdoor skills to those looking to learn to explore the outdoors.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $540

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Specs

Price MSRP: $549.95
Current Retail: $549.95
Historic Range: $324.93-$699.95
Reviewers Paid: $540.00
Capacity 2 Person
Season 3-4
Minimum Weight 3 lb 14 oz / 1.76 kg
Packed Weight 4 lb 5 oz / 1.96 kg
Packed Size 19.5 x 6.5 in dia / 50 x 16 cm dia
Peak Height 44 in / 111.76 cm
Floor Area 26.0 sq ft / 2.4 sq m
Floor Dimensions 82 x 50/41 in / 208.28 x 127.635/104.14 cm
Vestibule Area 8.0 sq ft / 0.7 sq m
Doors 1
Vestibules 1
Canopy Fabric 20D Nylon Ripstop/ No-See-Um Mesh
Fly Fabric Nylon
Floor Fabric 30D PeU Nylon Ripstop (3000 mm)
Rainfly Fabric 15D Sil/PeU Nylon Ripstop (1200 mm)
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