The adage, every ounce counts, applies many aspects of overland travel, and certainly applies to the Nemo Equipment Obi 2P tent. Unlike many other ultra-light shelters that achieve their gossamer weight by carving out features and skimping on materials, the Obi 2P relies on savvy design acumen and superior components to foil the scales. At a shade over three and a half pounds with a packed size slightly larger than a cantaloupe, this is a tiny tent. That in itself is all well and good, but there’s more to this tent than packed dimensions.
Once pitched, the Obi 2P quickly sets itself apart from other ultra-light tents on the market. Most noticeably are the two generous vestibules and dual-sided doors. Few tents of this type feature more than one small door and an inadequately sized vestibule. With roughly nine square feet per vestibule, the Obi 2p offers ample space for boots, packs, and other bits of gear best left outside. Inside, the tent the walls are relatively steep making good use of the 40” peak height. Sitting up in the tent is not at all constrictive although the walls converge aggressively near the foot section. With a fairly tight 27 square feet of floor space, there’s no mistaking this as a snug two-person tent, but it does make for a very sizable solo sleeper. Tall users will appreciate the 85” overall length.
As we have come to expect from Nemo Equipment, it’s the level of detail that is so impressive. The DAC aluminum poles are mated to Jake’s Feet™ connectors for ease of setup. Unlike other means of fastening the poles to the tent corners, Jake’s Feet™ allow the pole ends to snap firmly into place with unmatched security. That connector also provides a clean attachment for the footprint, rainfly, and stake loops. The rainfly is attached to the Jake’s Feet™ via adjustable straps to facilitate proper tensioning.
The two most prominent features inside the tent are the single side pocket and the overhead Light Pocket constructed of a single layer of opaque white nylon. That pocket diffuses light from a headlamp or other light source filling the tent with a soft glow. It’s those little things than come together to make a Nemo tent so unique.
In the field the Obi 2P has performed flawlessly over the course of a dozen nights in fine and foul weather alike. Pitching the tent is a three-minute affair thanks to the simple one-pole architecture and easy to use tent clips. Six stake points keep the tent anchored and maximize the floor space. In high winds, the angular exterior shape has proven curiously stout, fending off high winds without much fuss. In warm temps with the vestibule doors pulled back there is ample air pass through, and even more with the fly removed entirely. Although heavy Rocky Mountain rains tested the Obi 2P’s defenses on several occasions, it remained bone dry inside. It’s an incredible little tent.
- The one-pole structure makes for a very quick pitch
- Unusually compact and light for the size and number of advanced features within
- Superb quality of components and construction
- Dual doors and vestibules are unusual on ultra-light tents
- Very snug for a two-person tent
- Could benefit from an additional interior pocket