24 responses

  1. PaulO
    December 14, 2011

    Thanks for the thorough review. I've been considering something for solo trips and the 3+ season rating makes it an even better choice!

  2. Earlylite
    December 14, 2011

    If you look at the photos you'll see frost around the base near the vents where water vapor froze and fell to the ground. I tested the Obi 1P down to the teens in Crawford Notch (White Mountains) for two consecutive nights and was quite comfortable. The pole system makes it nearly free-standing making it easy to pitch, but like I said, you still need to stake it down.

  3. jarra
    December 14, 2011

    The feature I like the most is the large vestibule, which is a rarity on a lightweight tent.

  4. jarra
    December 14, 2011

    Looking at the Nemo website, I see the "elite" version of this tent, which is 9 oz lighter. Is there a reason you didn't get this one? Saving 9 oz by spending $50 extra seems like a good deal.

  5. Earlylite
    December 14, 2011

    I was going to tell you about the Elite but you beat me to it. I think you can only get that version of the tent direct from Nemo and the place where I bought mine didn't carry it.

  6. jarra
    December 14, 2011

    Well they are out of stock on the Elite right now, but it will definitely go on my wishlist. Thanks for bringing this to my attention with your thorough review.

  7. Debbie
    December 14, 2011

    Any particular reason why you chose the Nemo over the Big Agnes Copper Spur UL1? The BA tent is lighter, larger, with a bigger vestibule and sells at the same price.

  8. Earlylite
    December 14, 2011

    Deb – I just haven't gotten to it yet, but plan to eventually review all of the lighter weight double-walled tents available on the market. As for the Copper Spur, which I hear is pretty nice, Big Agnes has at least 1 new UL tent coming out this spring, which I believe is sub 2 pounds. I'm going to be meeting with their product folks next month and will update everyone then.

  9. JJ Mathes
    December 14, 2011

    Philip- I looked at this tent at Trail Days this year, very nice indeed.

  10. LuckyWavingTree
    December 14, 2011

    After reading your review I looked into similar mesh tents and realized the industry has changed its definition of these types of tents from 2 season to 3 season tent over the past 5 years or so. You mentioned battened down in bad weather, does the fly drop to the ground or close off the inner mesh when the temp drops or the snow starts?

  11. Earlylite
    December 14, 2011

    As soon as you mention snow, I think what you're really describing is 4 season adaptability (imho). While you can pitch the Obi 1P fly to the ground by cranking on the guylines and there are numerous tieouts on the fly for staking it down in wind, there is a tradeoff on this tent between ventilation and warmth because the rain fly cut outs at the ends of the tent can't be closed.

    If you want total control of ventilation and warmth management, I'd suggest you look at a Hilleberg Atko which lets you close it's end vents or open them, has a big side vestibule, and comes with either a summer or winter (less mesh) inner tent. Of course it costs a lot more than the Obi 1p, but it is a 4 season, light weight tent. 3 pounds 5 ounces or something like that.

  12. Philip
    December 14, 2011

    Thanks for this review! The floor dimensions are quite similar to my treasured Sublite Sil. I'm 6'6" tall, and most of the 1-person tents on the market are waaaay too short for me. The Obi Elite version is a chunk heavier than the Sublite, but it also looks a whole lot sturdier for shoulder season use.

    The only bummer is that Nemo seem to have the tents produced in Taiwan, but at least they have a FAQ on the web page that explains their reasoning for doing so. Thanks for bringing this company to my attention – I never even heard of Nemo before. I'll definitely take a close look at this product once the bottom of my Sublite is completely worn through .. which is about two outings away :)

  13. LuckyWavingTree
    December 14, 2011

    Yes, you are right….and these days i use mid, trap, bivy, single wall, or mesh body tent and try to keep it under 2 lbs per person, even in snow. Here is how it use to be when talking tents and referencing seasons. But I've noticed it has changed almost everywhere.

    2 Season or Summer = 1/2 of Spring, Summer, 1/2 of Fall

    Mainly tents with mesh bodies or fly's that were higher cut.

    3 Season = Spring, Summer, Fall

    The shoulder parts of Spirng and Fall include cold temp and blowing snow. If these tents had mesh you could close them up in case of freezing temps or light snow.

    4 Season or Winter = Snow loads and high winds 40-60 mph

  14. Debbie
    December 14, 2011

    Philip, you may also want to consider the Rainbow tent from Henry Shires Tarptent (made in Seattle) if you don't need a true double-wall tent (it's a hybrid single/double wall). It weighs 2 lbs, is incredibly roomy (88" L x 40" W x 43" H) and costs $225. I also bought the extra liner to use for winter conditions. It can be pitched either with stakes or using trekking poles for a free-standing setup, and I've even fit 2 people (not a couple) inside for one night.

  15. Earlylite
    December 14, 2011

    The Rainbow is definitely a sweet tent. I saw one up close at a BPL gathering a few months ago. I'm focused on reviewing a bunch of double-walled tents at the moment to 1) get a sense of what the best designs are with the modern lightweight fabrics we have now and 2) because it gives me an excuse to spend a lot of nights sleeping outdoors in them!

    Oops – just realized that your comment wasn't meant for me!

  16. Bojax
    May 4, 2012

    Check out the British company Terra Nova. Their tents are available in the US through moontrail.com. I bought the Solar Competition. Weighs 2.2 pounds, is double walled, AND has a mostly solid inner tent with only a mesh door and two small mesh windows. Packs down to a truly tiny size!

    • Earlylite
      May 4, 2012

      Two or 3 times as expensive and frankly not worth it.

  17. Bojax
    May 5, 2012

    Well, my Solar Comp 1p was $279 on moontrail, almost $70 cheaper than the nemo. It’s also completely freestanding and weighs about a pound less than the Nemo. Worth every penny in my book!

  18. Andy K
    September 3, 2012

    Is the Jakes foot any more of a point of failure than the grommetted hole use to receive the pole end found on most tents? Seems if the Jakes foot broke you wouldn’t be any worse off than a typical tent. In fact you might be better off since the web strap doesn’t have a ripped out hole in it! And you’ve got a tri-glide to make a little loop in the webbing to grip the pole tip.

    • Earlylite
      September 3, 2012

      I think that really depends on how you broke the Jakes foot. With poles like this, the Jake’s foot has an eye ball like socket that catches the pole. Without it, you’d have a hard time keeping the tension on the pole – the inner would still work like a bivy, but it would collapse on you a bit unless you could bury the end in the ground firmly.

      • Andy K
        September 3, 2012

        That might make an interesting future article. A failure analysis of tents and recovery options as a basis for shelter selection.
        Special hub breaks.
        Special pole with a bend in it breaks.
        Special plastic clips break (bigger risk at cold temps).
        Forget pole bag at the trail head.
        Zipper jams (closed, open, half way).

        Can you overcome any of these failures with duct tape, tree branches, extra p-cord and smooth pebbles. If answer is no then it is a risky tent to use (especially when going solo, especially in winter)

  19. Earlylite
    September 3, 2012

    Costly though, since I’d probably have to destroy a few tents in the process. Still a very good question if you travel in high risk places/climes where you can’t just walk out or scoot into a friends tent for the night. As a matter if fact, this was on my mind yesterday when I was testing a very similar tent to the Obi 1 that has many of its same failure points.

  20. Sir Falls a Lot
    September 30, 2012

    I just got this tent brand new on eBay for $200 and it’s amazing. The thing with jake’s feet is that its easily replaceable where as grommets aren’t. If your not ├╝ber conscious about weight, you could order an extra jakes feet for $5 and keep it in your pack as a spare if one decides to fail ( I don’t see it happening since its a very strong plastic but I haven’t had the chance to test it out on the field) its just strapped in, there is a video on YouTube if your curious :)

  21. Wil
    November 3, 2013

    The Obi 1p is a great 1 person shelter – have used this tent recently and found it to be the perfect 3 season tent and one I recommend highly to my friends. I agree the pole is a bit difficult to fold up and store away, but I find more likes than dislikes with this piece of gear. Thanks for the review!

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