Gear Review: NEMO Espri 3P Tent

A tent built for three-season backpacking in the foulest weather.


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.”