By Ryan LaBar
My first experience with Nemo Equipment’s Losi 2P tent was at a Scott Bikes product launch a few years back. Scott set up a two-night camping and riding trip in Sun Valley, Idaho. Nemo was one of the gear sponsors for the launch, providing the journalists and Scott employees with tents to use during the trip.
When we arrived to the camping area from our first ride, the folks at Nemo already had the tents set up for us, so my first real experience with the tent–aside from stuffing my airport carry-on bag into it–was using the light of the moon to stumble back to it after a few too many spiked hot chocolates around the campfire. I was not happy to discover that a thick layer of frost had formed on it during my warm and happy times around the fire. I was even less happy with my lack of planning for sub-freezing temperatures–my light-weight sleeping bag was only rated down to about 40-degrees. Despite both of these factors, I managed to stay surprisingly warm and dry throughout the night.
The next morning I was able to get a look at the Losi’s construction. It uses a four-pole construction–two poles run to the ground to support the tent and the other two poles attach to the middle, hight-wise, of the tent to give it nice high, nearly vertical walls that make it surprisingly spacious.
The main tent body is nearly all mesh, which makes it incredibly breathable, and gives a good view of the stars on clear summer nights. The Losi has two doors of equal size on each side of the tent (and two equal-sized vestibules with the rain fly on).
About a week after I got back from that Scott Bikes launch, I made a call to Nemo and bought myself a Losi 2P with all the accessories: the Gear Caddy, Gear Loft, Footprint and Pawprint (a sheet that attaches to the corners on the inside of the tent–designed to protect the bottom of the tent against sharp dog paws, but is also just softer and nicer to touch than the tent floor).
Setting up the Nemo isn’t quite as easy as some of the other two-person models I’ve seen, but, for me, this is more than made up for by the roomy interior and stable overall build. Still, I’m able to set the tent up in about 13 minutes, not rushing, so it’s not all that complex.
I only have one complaint about the Losi, and that is that the doors to the rain fly can be just a bit narrow to easily get in and out of quickly, or with loads of gear.
The Gear Loft and Gear Caddy storage accessories feature good organization with some special shaded material pockets that are designed to diffuse the light from a headlamp throughout the tent.
The Losi 2P costs $370, and weighs just under 5 pounds. It’s not the cheapest or the lightest options out there, but it really is one well-built, well-thought-out tent. After nearly four years of use the Nemo has held up well–its waterproofing is still strong and its not really showing any kinds of wear at all. For someone looking at a durable, all-around two-person tent, this should be near the top of your list–those looking for something a just little bigger should check out the Losi 3P tent.
More information on this tent can be found at: nemoequipment.com.