NEMO Moonlander Dual-Height Table
Highly collapsible and highly functional…that’s what comes to mind when I use the NEMO Moonlander Dual-Height Table. It's ideal for 1 or 2 people to use for a meal or to hold odds and ends next to a chair (i.e. lantern, drinks, book, etc.)
- Small but mighty—about the size of a big laptop when packed away.
- Way more useful than I originally thought
- Easy to set up
- Only one size/style
I’ve used the NEMO Moonlander table for nearly 4 months, from late spring through summer and now as we head into the early days of autumn. The table has been used during weekend camping trips, day trips to the beach, and at several backyard cookouts. It’s been a landing spot for food, card games, lanterns, kindling, kid’s coloring books/toys, and much more.
- Packed Size (in carrying case): 15" x 9.5" x 1.5"
- Standing Size (Low Height Option): 15.5"
- Standing Size (High Height Option): 3.5"
- Carrying Weight: 4 lbs and 14 oz (2.2 kg)
- Table Top Dimensions: 18.5" x 14.5"
- Weight Limit: 100 lbs (45.4 kg)
Construction and Durability
The Moonlander is solid…meaning that it’s not going to break anytime soon. The table top itself is a hard heat-resistant nylon material (i.e. plastic), so it’s not necessarily the most eco-friendly, but it is tough and isn’t prone to scratch, stain, or wear. The legs are made of aluminum and provide a sturdy base of support. I have yet to have the table tip over (even as my 2-year-old child climbs and sits on it), but I suppose it could if one ran into it or kicked a leg on accident. I typically have a lantern on it when using it at night to avoid such catastrophe. After nearly four months of use, the table shows very little signs of wear and tear.
Ease of Use
The Moonlander is very easy to set up. The low height option is simply a matter of unfolding the table just like a book would open. The lower legs automatically open on their own. In order to get the high height option, simply remove the legs that are stowed in the underside of the table and twist them into place. It’s basically that simple.
I don't find myself using the low-height option all too often, even with a little kiddo around. It's just really low. Maybe if I'm laying on a blanket and want a hard surface close by, but more often than not, I attach the legs.
As mentioned, I haven’t had any issues whatsoever in nearly four months of testing where the stability of the table was questioned. I’ve used the table at the beach, in the yard, at campsites with lots of tree roots, and on the back deck and stability has never been an issue. The lower center of gravity on the low height option would make it more stable, but I almost always use the high height option and still have no concerns.
Cleaning and Storage
With a 2-year-old running around, there have been numerous things spilled on the Moonlander table, from milk and juice to a variety of food, and from rock collections to misdirected crayons, and much more. We simply wipe the table off and it’s good to go. Nothing has stained the table so far, but there are a few scuff marks on the edges. While the leg feet are a little narrow, meaning they could sink into mud if there was enough weight on the table, they are easy to clean with a simple wipe of a rag.
Nemo claims this table is small enough to pack away in a laptop sleeve, so I tested it and yes, it does, at least in a larger laptop sleeve. It doesn't fit into a slim sleeve though.
While the NEMO does not currently offer any add-on accessories for the Moonlander table, like a drink holder, it does have some complimentary products that theoretically go with the table, including the Moonlite Reclining Camp Chair (which I reviewed simultaneously with the table) and the Victory Patio Blanket and Victory Screenhouse (neither of which I reviewed). Each item is sold separately.
The Moonlander is not only a great name for a product (doesn't it sound cool?!), but the Moonlander is actually a nifty little table that comes in handy for car camping, beachgoing, backyard relaxing, and more. I found myself using it way more often than I thought I would because it is practical and doesn't take much effort to pull out and set up. I recommend the Moonlander table for those trips when a small table would come in handy—which is more often than you may think. It’s a great table for small children to place their various things (food, toys, etc.), a great spot for placing a drink and a lantern while chatting around the campfire, and an ideal table to keep items from getting covered in sand while at the beach.
I haven’t used tables of this compactness before. I’ve either typically hauled a much larger table for car camping trips or if space was an issue, I would decide to go without a table. The Moonlander fills the gap.
Source: received for testing via the Trailspace Review Corps
(Sample for testing and review provided by Nemo)
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