3-Person Tent Reviews

NEMO Dragonfly 3P

The best space-to-weight tent of 2021.



3lbs. 7oz.

Member Exclusive

Become a member to unlock this story and receive other great benefits.


Already a member?

Sign In

Our take Opulent and ultralight aren’t usually mentioned in the same breath, but with the Dragonfly you can have both. “With an average width of more than 65 inches and near-vertical walls, three won’t be a crowd. But because it’s so light, I often carried it as an extra-roomy two-person tent when camping with my girlfriend,” one tester says. The tent’s 41 square feet of floor space is plenty of room for three to spread out if you do pack it to capacity, and two 10-square-foot vestibules can stash gear for the group. Setup is a breeze with a single, hubbed pole.

The Details The Dragonfly has a 20- denier sil/PeU-coated nylon bathtub floor and a 15-denier sil/PeU nylon fly, which provide above-average durability and weather-resistance for the weight. “The tent handled downpours with no leakage, and the majority-mesh tent body allowed for breathability and lake-filled views when we were hiding from mosquitoes,” one tester said after a trip to western Colorado’s Grand Mesa. There were no durability issues after a week of rugged use in southern Utah’s rocky landscapes, where the tent withstood 20-mph wind gusts. The interior has five pockets to increase livability, including one large ceiling net capable of holding multiple extra layers.