Nemo's Hornet Elite tents are the lightest in their range, despite this they still offer great flexibility with the convenience of a side entrance and a porch area for gear storage, weighing less than some bivy bags they offer all the advantages of two skin tents.
Nemo says: At less than 1.5 lbs, the Hornet Elite™ 1P offers the ultimate in livability and comfort among one-person ultralight backpacking tents.
Nemo's Hornet series of tents are among the lightest in their range, designed to be extremely lightweight but offering a decent amount of space (relatively speaking). The convenient design of a side doorway makes the 1P easy to use and live with. The Elite version trims even more weight off the standard tent, it achieves this by lowering the internal height slightly and by shifting to 7 Denier fabrics for the flysheet. A lighter fabric is not necessarily weaker in use but it does reduce the life of the tent as thinner fabrics degrade more quickly from UV light.
The inner tent is completely mesh, which makes it cooler in warm environments and gives you more of a sensation of sleeping outdoors - it also means the wind whistles through the tent which some people don't like.
The flysheet sits off the ground quite a bit but Nemo tents are tough - I took one on the GR20 in Corsica and it stood up well to high winds The design compromise is the single hoop, at the front end it forks, which is good for stability but at the rear there's no fork which makes it vulnerable in very strong winds. The solution though is simple - secondary guys can be fitted to the back end of the tent to solve this problem - you won't need them very often but if you do they can be used to stabilise the hoop - see our side guy kit.
With just enough vestibule area to keep you sane the Hornet 1P Elite is a great choice when low weight is a high priority.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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