NEMO Kodiak 2P Tent Review
The NEMO Kodiak 2P is a 4-season freestanding double-wall tent colored with FirstLite’s hunting color schemes. The thing that distinguishes the Kodiak from other 4-season tents are its side screened windows and the added ventilation they provide. These windows are a fairly radical departure compared to other 4 season mountaineering tents that usually have solid side-walls. But it means that you use one lightweight tent, the Kodiak 2P, across a very wide range of temperatures and locales, from the snow-packed Rockies to the hot dry deserts of the Southwest. That really simplifies the packing involved in getting ready for a weeklong hunt.
Specs at a Glance
- Seasons: 4 Season
- People: 2
- Freestanding: Yes
- Type: Double-Wall
- Color: Field/Cipher
- Min Trail Weight: 4 lb. / 1.81 kg
- Packed Weight: 4 lb. 3 oz. / 1.9 kg
- Doors: 1
- Windows: 3
- Floor dimensions: 82″ x 50″/41″
- Peak height: 44″
- DAC Featherlite NSL 9mm aluminum poles,
- 20D Polyester Ripstop/No-See-Um Mesh Canopy
- 30D PeU Nylon Ripstop 3000mm Floor,
- 15D Sil/PeU Nylon Ripstop (1200mm) Rain Fly
The Kodiak 2P is a freestanding exoskeleton-style tent so pitching it is extremely straightforward. It has two aluminum DAC featherlite main poles that are connected by a central hub and cross over the tent body. The poles are color-coded to the tent, making reference and set up very easy.
There are multiple zippered mesh windows along the interior wall that work in combination with vents at both ends of the tent. The mesh windows are backed by solid zippered panels so you can close them up completely if it’s cold or open them partway for additional ventilation. Struts installed into the fly allow the vents to be held open for increased airflow, ventilation, and condensation control.
An additional brow pole increases headroom at the tent door and provides extra height in the vestibule. Tent clips secure the tent to the poles and help to evenly distribute the stress on the frame during high winds.
There are four reflective guy-lines attached to the tent that pass through the rain fly for extra support, making the tent a veritable fortress in high winds. Having the four lines pass through the fly secures the tent well, and there are multiple attachment points at key areas on the fly. However, I would have appreciated at least two more guy-lines and a couple more stakes to have been included with this tent. I’d recommend adding them to your kit for field use, especially when camping in open terrain and high wind.
The compact design of this tent also increases resistance to high winds and heavy snow loads. The 15d nylon ripstop rainfly is reinforced with silicone to increase durability and provide reliable weather protection. It was very easy to toss over the tent and attach to the same four-pole ends that the tent uses in each corner.
This Kodiak comes stored in a segmented ‘Divvy’ stuff sack that easily compresses when the poles are removed. This allows an individual to have options for carrying the poles and tent separately within a pack on a solo trip, or dividing it if you are adventuring with a friend. One person could carry the tent body and fly and the other could carry the tent poles and stakes.
Otherwise, the stuff sack is a generous size, which means you don’t have to have an advanced degree in origami to fold up the tent and get it back into the bag. An additional nice touch is that the assembly instructions and a map of popular constellations is printed on a glow-in-the-dark panel and sewn into the seam on the inside of the stuff sack.
Space is at a premium inside the tent at only 26 square feet, however, the headroom is good for a tent this size, at 42 inches. As with all “two-person” tents, it fits one person comfortably and two people intimately. It’s cozy, and there isn’t a lot of extra room for maneuvering around, but it works. I am not bothered much by the compact design because ultimately for me, I am solely using it as a protected place from weather and as a place to sleep during a hunt. I am often up and gone well before dawn and frequently return well after dark after a full day of pursuing game animals.
This ultra-snug design was modeled after the NEMO Kunai 2P mountaineering tent, which nearly identical but colored differently. A smaller footprint is more desirable at high elevations with varied terrain, where finding or creating a level spot of real estate is often difficult.
Inside the tent you will find a large mesh gear loft above the door which provides plenty of storage for your camp essentials. There are also light pockets in the front corners of the tent to hold a phone or headlamp. The slightly opaque mesh is meant to help diffuse the light throughout the whole tent for hands-free illumination. Alternatively, these pockets can also be used to store more gear. Additional pockets on each side of the tent walls are handy for a GPS, wallet, or a midnight snack.
The vestibule is small with just enough space to store backpacks and hiking boots for two people. Additionally, there is a little space at the foot of the tent for extra clothes and other essentials.
The weight of the Kodiak 2P tent is a mere 4 lb. 3 oz. (1.9 kgs) and won’t weigh you down. Arguably, there are single-wall 4 season tents in the 2 lb to 3lb range, and that’s all well and good until the temperature rises or internal condensation sets in. Conversely, the market is flooded with 3 season tents that are lightweight and shed rain beautifully, but once a sustained wind blows or the temperatures start to drop, they leave you with little protection from the elements. This makes the versatility of the Kodiak 2P tent a good alternative for all-season camping.
The NEMO Kodiak 2P tent has a burly design that inspires confidence when changing weather conditions are likely, making late-season camping or hunting trips less of a gamble when it comes to braving the elements. The attention to detail is truly incredible. In the case of a multi-day storm, it may get a bit snug in there for most, but you will definitely be protected from the elements. If you are looking for one tent to do-it-all, this is it. Great for dry, wet, hot, or cold weather, this tent speaks volumes about NEMO’s consistent quest for innovation and its ability to adapt and meet consumer demand. I highly recommend this tent if you spend time in a variety of climates throughout all four seasons.
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