Nemo Hornet 2P Backpacking Tent

3 Season / 2 Person / Mixed Inner / Height: 102cm, Length 216cm / Two Entrances
Weighs 866g (excl pegs & bags)
Code: SS15250
  • £309.99
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Nemo's Hornet 2P tent offers great space for such a lightweight tent with 2 convenient side entrances and small vestibules. The mix of mesh and fabric on the inner tent makes it especially suitable for backpacking in warmer climates.

Nemo says: NEMO's Hornet 2P is the only 2lb freestanding backpacking tent with two doors and two vestibules, while still managing to offer the ultimate in livability and comfort among 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 2 side doorways makes the 2P easy to use and live with.

The inner tent is mainly 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, although the fabric band at the lower level of the inner tent means this won't disturb you when you're sleeping.

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 room in the two vestibules to keep you sane the Hornet 2P is a great choice when low weight is a high priority.

- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear

Help and advice:
  • Large side door - makes entry/exit and access to your gear easier and provides more coverage in the rain
  • Includes luxury details like the Light Pockets, volumising guyouts and watertight compression stuff sack
  • No other 2-person freestanding tents on the market provide two doors and two vestibules in the 2lbs category
  • Hubbed pole intersections create a single pole for quick set-up, allowing free-standing support and minimising pole weight
  • True tub floor construction reduces seam construction and seam tape, increasing the longevity of the tent
  • Triangulated volumising guyouts increase interior space by up to 15% using volumising clips
  • Inner tent has a built in privacy panel for extended coverage and security
  • Capacity 2P
  • Poles weigh 234g
  • Inner tent weighs 342g
  • Flysheet weighs 290g
  • Total weight: 866g
  • Supplied with 6 pegs, total weight 94g
  • Floor Dimensions 216 cm x 128 (footwidth) 108 cm
  • Floor Area: 2.6 sq m
  • Vestibule Area: 1.5 sq m
  • Interior Height: 102 cm
  • Number of Doors 2
  • Frame Description: 1 DAC 8.7 mm Featherlite NFL
  • Packed Size 48 x 12cm dia
  • Canopy 15D Nylon Ripstop / No-See-Um-Mesh
  • Fly Fabric 10D Sil/PU Nylon Ripstop (1200mm)
  • Floor Fabric 15D Sil/PU Nylon Ripstop (1200mm)
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Review Summary - 5 out of 5 based on 1 rating.
September 19, 2016 |
Nemo Hornet 2p

I bought this tent as a replacement for an early model Coleman Cobra. I was looking for a 2 person backpacking tent with double side porches (so you can sit up side by side to cook, and get in and out without climbing over each other). I was also hoping to get something a bit lighter than the Cobra, which weighs a little over 2 kilos. The Nemo Hornet fits the bill superbly.
I won’t describe the tent in detail, or how to pitch it, as there are plenty of accounts and videos out there. Instead I’ll concentrate on how it performed backpacking in the northwest of Scotland last summer.
First up, it’s a proper tent with an inner and flysheet, large enough for two people to sit or lie down in reasonable comfort. Not huge, but more than adequate. You can leave your packs in the porches, but I have always put mine outside under its rain cover, with a rock or two on top if it’s windy. If you do that, the porches are plenty big enough for your stove, pots and boots. The sides slope in a bit, so you tend to brush against the mesh inner, but you are actually a long way from the fly.
When down on the coast at Durness, we pitched the Hornet next to my beloved Cobra for comparison. The Cobra perhaps has a little more shoulder room when two of you are sitting side by side but is more cramped at the foot, and the Hornet feels more spacious overall.
When you first unpack the Hornet, it seems pretty flimsy, but once up it proved strong and sturdy even in strong winds. I couldn’t decide whether it’s best to pitch the back into the wind, or the sloping foot end. Both seemed to work just fine. I advise carrying a couple of extra pegs so you can use the additional guy points on the windward side, not so much for stability as to prevent the the fly vibrating. Once the back edge gets going, it sounds like a vintage motorbike!
Pitching and striking are easy, but be careful to hang on to the flysheet! It’s very light, and liable to vanish into the distance in wild weather if you let go. The lightweight fabric will need to be treated with respect: take care to keep the fly out of the way when using the door zips, and check for sharp stones and sticks before laying out the inner. I didn’t buy a footprint, but I would get (or improvise) one if I knew I would be camping on gravel a lot.
Ventilation is very good – not a drop of condensation. Also, no rain got in, even under the cutaway at the back of the flysheet. I’ve heard people complain that tents designed for the American market sometimes cope badly with the British weather. Well, so far I haven’t had a problem with this one.
Finally, it is incredibly light. Even with extra pegs, you will be carrying less than a kilogram. This makes it a good (and spacious) choice for solo trips, as well as for two. It packs up small enough to fit easily into cycle panniers or a day sack if you were going for a fast overnighter on the hills and didn’t fancy a bivi. Overall, not a cheap tent, but well worth the money.

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