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Nemo Dragonfly 2P Tent Review – TreeLineBackpacker

Nemo Dragonfly 2P Tent Review – TreeLineBackpacker

The Nemo Dragonfly 2P was designed to be ultralight, but extraordinarily livable. With a spacious inside, twin vestibules and two doorways, it nonetheless manages a three lb. 2 oz. pack weight. Is there a catch? My assessment:

The Dragonfly 2P options two vestibules, two giant zippered doorways with built-in strut vents, two gear pockets, and a big gear loft. The body is a hubbed design function eight.7mm DAC Featherlite NFL poles with a volumizing forehead pole laid throughout the highest. The tent physique is a mixture of 10D breatthable nylon ripstop and 10D No-See-Um mesh. The rain fly is a barely thicker 15D nylon ripstop, coated with silicone and polyurethane for water safety and sturdiness. The size are available at 88″ x 50″ (45″ on the foot) with a peak peak of 41″. The tent consists of eight tent stakes, man strains, and a stuff sack. It weighs simply three lb. 2 ouncesand retails for $389.95

That second stake level on the vestibule provides additional room inside, and stability.

What I favored

Let’s begin with probably the most spectacular facet of this shelter, the load. At simply over three lbs it’s simply mild sufficient to be thought-about a light-weight solo shelter, but it fortunately homes two individuals inside. To say that the Dragonfly pushes the bounds of what a full sized, absolutely featured two individual shelter can weigh is an understatement. This weight was achieved primarily by using impressively skinny materials. The thickest material right here is simply 15 denier, which looks like satin sheets within the hand. It additionally makes use of the very best high quality aluminum poles available on the market, and additional reduces weight by making cautious design decisions, leaving out unimportant options, and by taking care when putting poles, material and attachments. Divided up, the shelter could be as mild as about 1.5 kilos per individual, permitting for whimsically mild pack weights. It packs up small too, packing right down to concerning the measurement of a basketball, with the poles and stakes slid vertically right into a pack.

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Nemo Dragonfly 2p aspect view

” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”” class=”wp-image-81642″ />The tent physique does a superb job of offering some privateness, whereas additionally wanting nice.

This shelter additionally gives spectacular area and livability, particularly when contemplating the load. Usually, attending to a close to three lb. pack weight requires sacrifices doorways, vents, and inside area, however not right here. The ground plan simply permits two full sized sleeping pads given the 50″ extensive shoulder space with room to spare for additional gear. The height peak of 41″ is excessive sufficient for even taller campers to take a seat straight up inside, with out being pressed into the mesh partitions or ceiling. There’s even additional area on the head and foot of the shelter which permits for some additional gear or clothes to be stashed out of the best way there. The forehead pole does a superb job of enhancing elbow and shoulder room too, making getting dressed ,packing up or simply shifting round inside a non-issue. The area inside is sort of livable, cozy, and the inexperienced glow the fly places off is uplifting beneath a dreary overcast day.

Group and storage is fairly good additionally. Having a complete of three inner pockets and two significantly sizable vestibules, the shelter makes organizing gear easy. Two small pockets, on beside every door, and a big gear loft permits for telephones, garments, headlamps or some other small objects to be positioned out of the best way and off the ground. The vestibules are giant sufficient to carry full sized backpacks, cooking provides and boots, all with out having to stack something up. There’s even sufficient room to maintain a pathway out of the tent utterly unobstructed, which makes getting out and in far quicker and extra handy. There are even two small headlamp pockets on the ceiling, with diffusing panels that primarily convert a headlamp into an overhead lamp.

Talking of getting out and in, the doorways are giant and supply straightforward entry and egress. The zipper extends a lot of the method down the tent physique, which permits the legs to easily swing out as an alternative of having to crawl out on arms and knees. The headroom is adequate to attenuate being clotheslined whereas coming and going, however it’s nonetheless potential when not being cautious. The zipper on the vestibule is definitely nearer to the sleeping compartment than most shelters, making it much less of a stretch to, which I discovered notably good.

Broad open for max air flow.

Wind stability has been surprisingly good. The body design is tried and true at this level, and having the vestibule stake out at a number of factors as an alternative of 1 not solely improves space for storing, but in addition will increase rigidity and wind resistance. This additionally cuts down on buffeting of the vestibule, simply by having a further stake out level. When absolutely pitched, the shelter fortunately handles 25 MPH winds, with the occasional gust not inflicting a lot of a problem except for a bit rocking. It does creek somewhat all through the night time when windy because the fly shifts over the poles a bit, however utilizing the forehead clips and Velcro tabs to safe the fly to the poles helps quite a bit. I haven’t discovered it horrible intrusive, however a very tough storm would possible exagerate it. When correctly staked and guyed out, it varieties dependable and durable backcountry escape, however I wouldn’t essentially advocate it for top elevation tenting, given the skinny material and comparatively restricted man out choices included. Underneath the duvet of timber or bushes it holds up very properly nevertheless.

The construct high quality general is sort of nice. The stitching could be very in step with no frays or lose threads that I might discover as of but, and the seams all expertly sealed and taped from the manufacturing unit. The tent stakes are strong aluminum, sturdy, and have held up properly to being tapped into rocky soil and gravel. The materials are noteworthy as they’re impressively clean, very constant, and have a really good tactile, material like really feel to them. The man strains are pretty common, however do a positive job of avoiding stretching or holding an excessive amount of water once they’re moist, however they could have to be retensioned over time.

The top quality body connects by way of easy plastic clips. Straightforward on, straightforward off.

Condensation administration has been nice. Whereas it doesn’t have a prime vent, the doorways each embrace strut vents which permits them to be propped open on the prime to permit a pleasant cross breeze to return via. Additionally they have a small flap which helps maintain rain out throughout tough climate, to allow them to be used within the rain too. The tent physique is usually breathable, apart from the grey panel on the head of the shelter. This mixed with the strut vents permits for wonderful air flow, and solely minor condensation construct up close to the only layer panel close to the top, and to a a lot lesser diploma the small single layer part close to the foot. Usually, it stays dry and nicely vented in all however the soggiest of circumstances. Additionally because of this nice air flow, it makes a quite good summer time shelter. The vestibules roll again on each side to permit a full breeze to blow via, minimizing warmth construct up and opening up the tent for giant views. Regardless of this, it’s not overly breezy inside throughout chilly climate, making it a pleasant spring-fall shelter.

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Nemo Dragonfly 2p door vent

” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”Nemo Dragonfly 2p door vent” class=”wp-image-81652″ />The inbuilt strut vents assist forestall condensation, whereas additionally offering a peek outdoors

Setup is about as straightforward because it will get, with colour coded poles and physique connections to maintain issues easy. The poles merely clip into the tent physique, the tent physique is lifted up and related to the aluminum body by way of easy clips, and the rainfly is tossed over and related by way of plastic clips. There are a pair Velcro tabs that can be utilized to raised safe the fly to the poles, which I like to recommend, nevertheless it’s not explicitly required. General, all the pitch takes lower than 5 minutes, and is fairly simply dealt with within the wind, even solo. Merely stake out the corners of the tent physique first on this state of affairs and it’s clean crusing from there.

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Nemo Dragonfly 2p vestibule

” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”Nemo Dragonfly 2p vestibule” class=”wp-image-81646″ />There’s loads of room for a pack, boots and cooking gear.

What I didn’t like

Regardless of being constructed from a few of the greatest supplies out there, it’s nonetheless constructed from a few of the thinnest supplies available on the market. A bit TLC must be taken with this tent flooring and even the rainfly. Tenting on granite or gravel with out some kind of footprint or safety ought to in all probability be prevented given the restricted thickness as it’s going to put on it down over time. Grass, dust and duff shouldn’t be a problem although. Fortunately, the shelter has held up nice throughout my testing, regardless of tenting on some rocky soil and at larger elevations, however I’ve been cautious when selecting my websites and clearing out particles.

The complete mesh panel is ideal for late night time star gazing.

Like most UL shelters nowadays, the tent doesn’t include sufficient stakes to correctly man out the shelter for tough climate. It does include a pair additional man strains, which might be related to the stakes which might be already included for the essential setup, or maybe related to a makeshift tent stake (a stick), however I like to recommend including no less than four extra stakes and a pair man strains for sudden climate.

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Nemo Dragonfly 2p tent stake

” data-medium-file=”″ data-large-file=”″ src=”″ alt=”Nemo Dragonfly 2p tent stake” class=”wp-image-81654″ />The tent stakes are nice high quality, and that notch retains strains from slipping out.

I had a tiny quantity of condensation construct up on the head of the tent in very humid circumstances, however nothing bothersome or problematic. It by no means moist out my sleeping bag or clothes, so it was by no means actually an issue. A fast swipe of a microfiber hand towel takes care of it within the uncommon state of affairs that it does come up, so I like to recommend protecting one useful, simply in case.


After my time with the Dragonfly 2P I got here out with one distinct impression, “Nemo has figured this out”. In terms of really ultralight tents, particularly these pushing the three pound barrier, there’s all the time some huge sacrifice. However, that isn’t the case right here. It’s spacious, pleasant to be inside, has plenty of high quality of life options, and has held up fairly properly, even in lower than favorable circumstances. Setup is painless, it packs down tiny, and the feathery light-weight construct makes it a simple choice for lengthy, difficult journeys into the backcountry. Toss in a pair additional stakes and man strains when selecting uncovered campsites and this shelter is sweet to go. That is Nemo’s greatest shelter but, which makes it straightforward to advocate to anybody who’s in search of each main function, with out the load penalty. Simply select your camp correctly.

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