The ultra-lightweight (minimum weight of 1 pound 11 ounces) NEMO Hornet 1P 3-Season solo tent offers fast-paced minimalist-oriented backpackers a sturdy weatherproof freestanding shelter at a fraction of the bulk and weight they’d traditionally expect. The tent’s streamlined profile helps shed wind and water during bad weather and the full mesh canopy offers good ventilation in warmer weather.
A large side-entry door makes entering and exiting the tent easy on the body. A vestibule offers space to stow gear and better coverage from the rain. An internal storage pocket utilizes light-diffusing fabric to turn a headlamp (sold separately) into a lantern capable of illuminating the interior of the tent.
A single hubbed-pole design creates a unique architecture with free-standing support and minimized weight. NEMO has moved the front pole hub overhead which creates more interior volume without the need for an additional ridge pole. Corner guyout points with a unique triangulated design at the “foot” of the tent can be staked-out to maximize internal space or left un-staked for weight savings.
A raised waterproof bathtub-style floor enhances performance in poor weather and also cuts down on wear-and-tear. Fully seam taped construction and the PU-coated Sil Nylon rainfly further bolster weather protection. A custom-fit footprint (sold separately) can be used to offer additional protection against standing water, rocks and roots.
Each NEMO Hornet 1P backpacking tent includes a stuff sack guyout cord stakes and a repair kit.
- Large side door makes entry/exit and gear access easier
- More rain coverage from vestibule
- Includes luxury details like the Light Pockets, volumizing guy-outs, and watertight compression stuff sack
- Footprint sold separately
Best Use Backpacking Average Min Weight 1 lb 11 oz Average Packed Weight 2 lbs Warranty Limited Lifetime Vestibule Area 8 sq ft Sleeping Capacity 1 Seasons 3 Seam Sealed Taped Seams Pole Type DAC Featherlite NFL Aluminum Pole Diameter 8.7 mm Packed Size 19" x 4" Number of Poles 1 Other Stuff Sack Included Material Fly: 10D Sil / PU Nylon Ripstop (1200mm)
Canopy: 15D Nylon Ripstop Ripstop / No see um mesh
Floor: 15D Sil / PU Nylon Ripstop (1500mm)
Interior Height 40" Freestanding Yes Floor Dimension 87" x 40" Floor Area 21 sq ft Doors 1 Clips or Sleeves Clips
Real Customer Reviews
- Nice, light tent, but not free-standing
Likes: I spent a long time deciding between this tent and Big Agnes Copper Spur UL 1. Other one-person two-wall tents are either heavier or smaller (and usually both). I decided to go with this tent because it is about half a pound lighter in the standard configuration (tent body + fly + poles + stakes + 3 stuff sacks). It is indeed VERY light, but yet seemed sturdy enough. With the poles taken out, the tent and the plastic groundsheet I made for it fit into half of the bag, which has an additional string in the middle so that it can be closed there. It is pretty quick and easy to set up on the ground, but would be a nightmare to do so on a tent platform or in the rain. The tent was not overly roomy inside, but it was fine for me (6'3'', 190lbs) and my ULA Catalyst pack. I used it for 13 nights during a 3-week 350-mile hike on the AT in VA, but have not tested it in the rain (the only night rain we had were torrential super-downpours lasting for 2-3 hours at a time that no typical tent could fully withstand, and I preferred to spend these nights in a shelter, if not in town). This seemed to be the most popular tent among the through-hikers this year (followed by the Copper Spur).
Dislikes: I think it would be nice if they had added a fork at the end of the single pole to make this tent completely free-standing; this would add only an ounce and would still keep its place as the lightest two-wall tent on the market. It might also have been nice if the half door were on the narrower (foot) half of a long side instead of the wider head half. This way one could place one's butt right in the middle of the tent when getting into the tent, instead of after swinging the feet inside.
- Light and Spacious
Likes: I bought the Nemo Hornet 1P because I was tired of carrying a 4lb+ single person tent, and it passed. It is very light and packs down very small, the two things I like the most. It's assembled with relative ease. The pole system is easy to use and the guy out points are nicely positioned. I am 6'4", 180+ lbs and I had what I thought to be ample room. I am not going to say it is huge inside, but for my size, I had a few inches between my head and feet when properly staked out. From side to side I had more than enough room. I could sit up in the middle and have good head room as well. For an ultralight single person tent, with my height, I was very pleased with the size. The vestibule was large enough for my pack and shoes, and possibly another small item if needed. I have yet to test in out on an extended hike, but am very excited to see what the future seems to hold with the Nemo Hornet 1P.
Dislikes: There are a few things that I didn't like, but thus far, nothing that would turn me away. The material is very thin. I punctured a small hole, the size of the tip of a pen, in the floor the first time I set it up, but that is mostly my own fault. I didn't check really well before I used that location, and I used a very thin footprint instead of the real Hornet footprint, which I plan to order and would more than likely recommend. Yet I cannot complain to much about the material. It is after all an ultralight tent. I would recommend a few more stakes in case you need all the guy out points (came with 6). Another complaint was that the rain fly just barely cover the mesh at the head of the tent. I could see it letting water in with a decent wind. Although again this could be user error as I have only set it up a couple times, and with more use may be able to better adjust the fly. The tent is more semi-freestanding to me, as you need two stake points at the bottom to optimize your room potential. Overall the tent has very few things that I dislike. I could see, that with more use and understanding (and a real footprint), the Nemo Hornet 1P could easily be a 5* rating!
- Amazing Product
Likes: Super lightweight, very packable (the dual stage stuff sack is a nice feature), fairly easy to setup (staking out the foot end takes a bit of getting used to, Jake's feet on hold the poles extremely well and don't come out during setup), great tent stakes, rain fly attaches easily and creates a massive vestibule, the clips from the tent that connect to the fly add a nice increase to the internal space. One of my favorite features is that the door tie backs cinch down on the tent/ vestibule door and holds them in place.
Dislikes: A bit more head room when laying down would be nice. I'm 5'8" and its a bit tight but you can solve this buy staking out the outside of the tent with the provided loop and guy out line. You will need an extra stake of some sort to do this though.
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