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Backpacker Magazine – April 2009

Gear Guide 2009: Nemo Losi 3P Tent Review

Our best all-around 3-person tent combines the best of space, weight, and weatherproofing.

by: Kelly Bastone

Nemo Losi (Seth Hughes).
Nemo Losi (Seth Hughes).

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Testers were loath to part with this shelter–the surest evidence that it nails the ideal blend of space, weight, and weatherproofing. "You could squeeze four people inside, or easily fit three and a dog," said one after a trip to Colorado's Mt. Massive Wilderness. With a 50-square-foot floor and soaring, 48-inch-high ceiling, the double-wall Losi let the biggest testers sprawl out. Vestibules are equally spacious. A multi-pocket organizer panel–the smartest tent pocket we've seen–kept gear stashed with library-like neatness.

"The silnylon fly beaded rain better than my freshly waxed Tacoma," said one tester after getting pounded by thunderstorms. Only complaint: Poles attach to the corners with a ball-and-socket system that worked well for setup, but proved annoyingly difficult to release during takedown. $395; 5 lbs. 14 oz. Nemoequipment.com

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Art
Oct 21, 2011

I purchased my Nemo Losi 3P for $275 from HumbleOutdoors, it came with a free footprint.

By adding only one extra pound of weight, NEMO increased the interior from 32 to 50 sq ft. I love the Losi 3P pole configuration which provides super strength and almost vertical walls for max usable interior space. Two people can move around in this tent, definitely worth the extra pound.

Keith Wright
Aug 15, 2010

I was planning my three month trip to Europe and took my Open Trails (Walmart) tent to Lake George, NY to try it out. I waterproofed it really well and it took the first rainstorm well, but it was really hot. There was a Coleman store a few miles away and I was ready to bicycle there in my folding bike, but two other campers were missing their poles and we all drove ther in their suv.

I found a nice tent http://www.coleman.com/coleman/colemancom/detail.asp?product_id=2000001590&categoryid=11020&brand= which, if you are car camping, I highly suggest..plenty of room, great ventilation, lots of headroom, great ventilation, and a fantastic vestibule which will keep your interior dry even in a serious downpour.

As I was striking my tent, my new friend David said that my tent would be too cumbersome to backpack with and TOLD me we were going to Eastern Mountain Sports in Saratoga, NY. The staff there asked what I was doing and they instantly told me about the Losi 3P. They set the tent up IN THE STORE. I loved the fact that it had 85% netting and with that, serious ventilation. I merely stuffed the rain fly away and slep under the stars as other campers around me sweltered in the Tuscan heat of Florence, IT. It was VERY compact and I saved 7 pounds in weight by dropping the 12 pound Coleman. My fully loaded pack came to 45#. Campers were amazed at how fast the tent set-up and how airy it was. I think this is better as a two-person tent, with gear, than a two-person tent with no room for gear. The vestibule had plenty of room for my folding bike. There are plenty of options for holding back the netting and the fly.
I bought a Solarlinq solar panel. It charged my phone AND ran a small cigarette-lighter powered fan for those days which were just too hot to be comfortable during the day (105+F). You will LOVE this tent!

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