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NEMO Equipment, Inc. Losi™ 3P

A roomy pyramid shelter.

Brand: NEMO Equipment, Inc.

Model: Losi™ 3P


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Get lightweight, ballroom-size shelter with this spin on the classic pyramid, says our tester, who used it while backpacking in canyon country and as an emergency shelter for seven during a thunderstorm in the Rockies. Instead of four sides, like a typical pyramid, the Pentalite uses five walls to create more interior space and also has a vestibule/canopy option: Zip in the Wedge ($140; 2 lbs. 1 oz.; pictured above), a mesh insert with a zippered door, and you get 69 square feet of bug-protected space and an eight-square-foot vestibule.

Without the Wedge, the tarp provides 77 square feet of shelter suited to snowy sites or bug-free conditions. Four people sleep comfortably around the included DAC pole. Three vents on the tarp walls prevent the interior from steaming up. And the 72-inch peak height makes the Pentalite a comfy place for sorting gear and even playing charades—campers 5’5” and shorter can stand up inside. Extending the monopole and planting the eight stakes (for the corners and vent guy-outs) takes just a few minutes. The steep walls effectively shed snow during an early-winter snowstorm in Colorado. Our only wish: a tauter pitch—the walls tended to sag slightly without retensioning. $370; 3 lbs. 5 oz.
Winner of Backpacker’s Best All-Around 3 Person Tent as well as Gear of the Year from both Outside and Men’s Journal in 2009, Losi™ 3P is your home away from home. Looking for maximum space to weight? Losi™ 3P’s got it. The unique pole configuration provides exceptional strength and nearly vertical walls to increase interior space. Two doors and vestibules eliminate jostling for position and gear storage. Set Losi™ 3P up on the fly with just the footprint, fly and poles for an ultralight tent or sun shelter.

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