Three easy steps to making the lightest double-wall tent possible: 1) Use a single hubbed pole for 21 square feet of floor space; 2) Employ ultralight, 10-denier nylon for the fly; 3) Tailor the fly at the front and back to use less material, and exaggerate the bathtub-style floor to compensate. And then make it 40 inches tall (at the peak) with a generous (9 square feet) vestibule, and you have the three-season Obi 1 Elite. “This tent is so light and packs so small, I felt like I was forgetting something,” says a tester who found his weekend kit suspiciously light for a late-winter trip in Arizona’s Superstition Mountains.
But when winds howled to 20 mph and rain poured in Utah’s High Uintas, the fully-guyed Obi 1 let in a little moisture. Why? The fly sits high off the ground, which is good for ventilation, but items in the vestibule are subject to splashing.
With a subtle change to the front pole hub overhead, Obi 1P offers more interior volume without the need for an additional ridge pole. NEMO is using a new ultralight 20D PU Nylon for the fly and a raised tub floor which allows high cutouts in the fly to increase ventilation and save weight.Add the optional footprint to Obi 1P and make an ultralight shelter without the mesh body.