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Gear Review: NEMO Espri 3P Tent

A tent built for three-season backpacking in the foulest weather.
october 2010 fieldnotes TNF Nemo espri 445x260NEMO Espri 3P (Courtesy Photo)

It was pouring when we arrived at camp in Hanging Rock State Park, but the ball-and-socket pole connectors and intuitive configuration made for such a quick first-time setup that the interior stayed bone dry. The best part? Three vestibule options range from ultralight (read: no vestibule) to standard (15 square feet, included), to a 24-square-foot whopper (add $125) that pitches with a trekking pole and nearly doubles sheltered space. Complaints: The 38-square-foot floor is a squeeze for three, and when open, the door lies on the floor.

Best For
Three-season backpacking in the foulest weather

Tester Data
> Peter Rives
> Duration April-July
> Locales/conditions TN, NC; 40°F-80°F, rain
> “We stayed perfectly dry in a deluge, thanks to plentiful guy-out points that kept the fly taut and the tent well-ventilated through the mostly mesh canopy.”

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