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Backpacker Magazine – 2010 Editors' Choice/Gear Guide

Editors' Choice 2010: NEMO Meta 2P Tent

If you use trekking poles, you should use this tent.

by: BACKPACKER Editors

NEMO Meta 2P (Steve Howe)
NEMO Meta 2P (Steve Howe)

If you use trekking poles, you should use this tent. Eliminate tent poles, save weight. It’s a simple strategy, but mostly results in shelters that compromise stability or convenience—or both. Enter the Meta 2P—rock-solid, spacious, and easy to pitch.

“This is the sturdiest trekking-pole design I’ve seen,” declares one tester, who said it didn’t budge during gusty winds above treeline in Colorado’s Zirkel Wilderness. Credit a hybrid single-wall design that incorporates two hiking poles—one inside each vestibule—where the grips and tips are both anchored. Stakes tension the corners and vestibules. Living space is lavish by ultralight standards, with a whopping 36 square feet inside and two vestibules totaling 25 square feet of storage space.

That, combined with a 43-inch peak height, let testers sprawl out and sit up comfortably. And the Meta doesn’t suffer from condensation buildup, thanks to the huge mesh doors and four vents. And unlike with some shelters this light, the Meta’s durable fabrics don’t need TLC. After a week in Switzerland, one tester summed it up: “Where’s the sacrifice?” $350; 2 lbs. 15 oz.;

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May 12, 2012

Just curious to find out if anyone had issues with weight? The tent is rated at 2.14 but mine came in at closer to 4lbs packed. Thoughts? For a single wall tent that doesn't breathe with a $350 price point, I'd rather go Fly Creek.

Mar 13, 2012

I was wondering if the fact that my trekking poles have give, or shock resistance is what i think its technically called, will compromise the stability of the tent?

Jan 20, 2012

My last 2 man tent was an old 6 pound Eureka XTP?
I used it for 10 years, and got a Nemo Meta2p at a steal price of $200. Seems someone used it once and felt it didn't breathe well. I've used it for a year now and I love it. Lost Coast ,NorCal, I slept dry in the wind and the rain. Humid air was no issue, it took a few times of setting up to understand how the vents worked. Desert or Norther Coast has been great, but you must get the vents open and make sure that a small piece of sewn in plastic is holding them open. I used to hike with one walking stick, and switched up to using a pair. It seems solid first night in high wind I was a bit freaked out but it held strong. It is expensive, but I love sleeping dry and it weighs almost the same as my one man MSR Hubba. I have all the room I need for one or two people and gear.

Matt E
Dec 29, 2011

As I said before and has somehow not appeared here... This is an unbelievably wet tent. The condensation was such that on a 40-50 deg week long summer backpacking trip in the col rockies, my down bag was drenched every night courtesy of the condensation... It does not breath even with the vent things as far open as I could get them. and I don't know how they possibly could have missed this... It was possibly the worst of any single wall tent I've ever used... I mean with a megamid you can usually pitch it so the run-off goes away from your bags, but the angle of the roof makes it impossible.. thank god I bought from rei and they accept satisfaction returns...

Dave P
Jul 15, 2011

Just ordered the Nemo Meta 2 for $280 with free footprint. I agree the price is a little high, but the features are what I was looking for and the reviews were mostly positive. Looking forward to the Fall and some weekends on the AT here in PA.

Mar 09, 2011

Dave the nave, most trekking poles these days come in pairs and are height adjustable. So yes, solo hikers usually carry two poles, and no, different pole lengths shouldn't be an issue.

I agree with most everyone on the price issue. I'd pay $200 for this tent without batting an eye, but $350 is a little out there. Same price as the Big Agnes Fly Creek UL2 which looks to be to be a better tent, but even it's still not worth $350 in my opinion.

Dave the nave
Nov 01, 2010

The price isn't so much the issue with me. What if you and your hiking partner have drastically different sized trekking poles? If you're a solo hiker, should you carry two poles or go out and find a stick that matches the length of your other pole?

My pole, by the way, is elongated and serpentine-like.

Bill C
Oct 30, 2010

Buy a tarp...Same thing

Michael Lydick
Oct 27, 2010

I just bought this tent at Moosejaw for $280.00. What most people don't understand is that smaller companies can't churn out 10,000 tents from China at $50.00 a tent like the bigger guys can. If we don't support companies like Nemo (who else has "air beams" btw?) that take this equipment to the next level, we'll all be camping in Coleman tents with soy sauce sealed seams forever.

If you want a copy cat tent - head down to Dick's and pick up one. I'm getting a single wall super light tent that has killer room and no poles in 10 days - with reviews from guys who sat out in monsoons and came out dry. Kudo's to the BP staff for supporting the upstarts and recognizing the boundary pushers.

Oct 15, 2010

Curious what Diver uses

Oct 10, 2010

"Where's the sacrifice?" At $350, what's being sacrificed is your wallet. Ultra-light equipment is ridiculously overpriced. I use a much, much cheaper tent (in fact I could buy nearly 10 of my tents for the cost of one Meta 2Ps and my tent comes with tent poles) that weighs in at roughly three and a half lbs. So far, it's been used in Denali, along the Denali Highway and in other places in Alaska without any problems. It replaced an inexpensive, slightly heavier tent that I had used for more than 20 years. Unless they drop the cost of these tents by 60%, I'll stick with what works for me, thank you very much....

Sep 22, 2010

Totally dittoing the price issues. Thanks, fellow Sensibles.

Sep 21, 2010

I really like the concept and review, but totally agree about the too-high price. Wait until it's not so new and the price should come down to something more reasonable.

Frank Anderson
Sep 21, 2010

Gear is price for the elite not the common hiker. I agree with Walt, gear cost are way out of line.

Sep 20, 2010

$350 for a tent with no poles? Youre looking at about $20 worth on nylon. WHY DOES IT COST $350? This type of gear is getting way out of line with the real world.


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