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NEMO Losi 3p

NEMO Losi 3p Review

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Best Feature:
Feels spacious inside and has lots of storage area for gear
Worst Feature:
Slightly heavier than other 3-person tents in this category
Best Uses:
3-season backpacking with friends
Pricing:
$381.95 -$449.95 (Limited lifetime warranty)
Manufacturer:

Where to Buy

Store Name
Price
REI
$349.95
$349.95
$381.95
$449.95

Overview

NEMO Equipment, Inc. was started in 2002 with the intention of bringing high-level design and engineering to the outdoor industry. With its headquarters strategically located near the White Mountain Region, RISD and MIT, NEMO leverages the resources around it to create innovative and high quality equipment for outdoor adventure and survival. Despite being a relatively young company, NEMO has already experienced success with products such as Losi 3P tent. The Losi 3P is a three-season, freestanding tent for backpacking or car camping with friends. If you are familiar with its equally popular predecessor, the Losi 2P, the Losi 3P is a slightly larger (and subsequently heavier) version of the same design. Like the original, the Losi 3P has a unique pole construction that enhances the stability of the tent, as well as increases the vertical slope of the walls to create a more open and spacious interior. It has fifty square feet of sleeping space that will fit three people comfortably, and it has twenty-four square feet of vestibule space for storing gear or even cooking if the weather is bad. In terms of ventilation, the Losi 3P has a full mesh inner tent that can be used by itself on summer nights, or it has a durable, waterproof fly with opposing and adjustable door vents for use in cooler or wet conditions. The interior of the Losi 3P includes a removable Gear Caddy with multiple pockets for organizing essential items. The Gear Caddy also has a LightPocket™ that holds your headlamp and has a diffusing fabric to provide even lighting in the tent. The Losi 3P offers as much space and comfort possible for three people in this weight category.

The NEMO Losi 3P retails for around $450 and can be purchased on NEMOequipment.com or on other online retailers like REI.com, EMS.com or Backcountry.com.

Product Report Card Grade

We give Nemo’s Losi 3P an A- because it is an incredibly spacious, comfortable tent with ample storage. We really like that it is quick and easy to pitch and that it offers some cool features like the Gear Caddy and LightPocket™. We had to deduct a few points because it is heavier than other 3-person tents and some customers felt it was difficult to break down.


 
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Date Reviewed
June 2012
April 2013
June 2012
Pros
one of the most spacious 3-person tents on the market; good ceiling height and storage space for its category; easy to set up with DAC® Jake's Feet system; good ventilation; good weather/water resistance; multi-pocket organizer panel is a step up from just normal tent pockets; reflective guy lines for nighttime visibility; NEMO Equipment, Inc. makes a huge effort to be a green company
exceptionally lightweight 2-person tent; stable, "bombproof" design that performs extremely well even in severe weather conditions; features improved ventilation system compared to other tents in the Quasar series
relatively inexpensive family tent with 160 ft² of space; vertical walls offer more interior space; interior door offers privacy and great ventilation; ability to block windows in the screen room for additional privacy/weather protection; good water resistance; E! Power port
Cons
relatively expensive; it's on the heavier side for tents in this category; some reviewers thought it was really difficult to get the poles to release during takedown
very expensive; inner first pitching could be problematic in wet conditions
screen room doesn't have a floor and the sod cloth didn't protect a few reviewers from insects (and even a small animal) from getting into the tent; cabin style tents are very unstable in windy conditions because of their high walls; flat top means water can pool on the fly if you don't use guylines to change the slope; pretty heavy
Seasonality
3-season
4-season
3-season
Ideal Activities
Backpacking
Backpacking/Mountaineering
Family, car, or base camping
Capacity
3-person
2-person
5-person
Price
$381.95 -$449.95
$699.95
$419.90
Warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
Limited lifetime warranty
Interior and/or Vestibule Space
It has a 50 ft² sleeping room and two 12 ft² vestibules.
It has a 32 ft² sleeping room and two 10.8 ft² vestibules.
It has 160 ft² of interior space that is divided equally between the sleeping room (80 ft²) and the screen room (80 ft²).
Interior Height (max.)
4'
3' 5"
7'
Weight
6 lbs and 13 oz
6 lbs and 5 oz
35 lbs and 6 oz
Design Type
Freestanding, dome style tent
Freestanding, geodesic style tent
Freestanding, cabin style tent
Frame
Four DAC 9/9.6 mm Featherlite Aluminum Poles
Four 8.84 mm DAC Featherlite poles
Nine 12.7 mm & 16 mm fiberglass and 19.5 mm steel poles
Tent Body Materials
30D nylon rip-stop with 1500 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Rainfly Material
30D nylon rip-stop with 1500 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
SilNylon rip-stop with 6000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated
Floor Material/Design
30D nylon rip-stop with 5000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating (one-piece bathtub style design)
Nylon rip-stop with 7000 mm waterproof polyurethane coating (one-piece bathtub style design)
75D 190T polyester taffeta, 1200 mm coated (one-piece bathtub style design)
Mesh Material
Lightweight no-see-um mesh
Unknown Mesh
68D polyester no-see-um mesh
Ventilation
Fly can be opened on both ends for cross ventilation. In warm, dry conditions, you can remove the outer fly and just use the mesh inner tent.
Features mesh doors that allow for adjusting ventilation when necessary.
Features 6 large mesh windows, 3 mesh doors and a full panel mesh roof, all of which can be opened/closed based on the amount of ventilation needed.
Doors
2 doors (protected by vestibules)
2 doors (protected by vestibules)
3 doors (2 exterior and 1 interior)
Packed Dimensions
22" x 6.5" dia.
21.26" x 7.09" dia.
29" x 10" dia.
Vestibule/Storage
Tent is designed with two 12 ft² vestibules and it also has a multi-pocket organizer panel ("Gear Caddy"). A Gear Loft is available and sold separately ($25).
In addition to the two 10.8 ft² vestibules in the front and rear of the tent, it is also designed with interior storage pockets.
In addition to the 80 ft² screen room, the tent is designed with interior storage pockets and comes with 2 gear lofts.
Set Up
One person can quickly and easily set up the tent in under 10 minutes because it features the DAC® Jake's Feet corner anchor system. Basically, it uses ball and socket attachments that lock in the main poles and then act as levers to keep the tent corners grounded while the rainfly is pulled over the top of the tent. DAC® J-Stakes are also available if extra stability is required in windy conditions.
It does not have a fast pitch option, but it can be easily set up in about 15 minutes since it has color-coded poles and continuous pole sleeves on the four poles. The inner tent must be pitched first, and then the flysheet and enhanced guy line system with titanium pegs help secure it to the ground.
Two people can easily set up the tent in about 20 minutes thanks to its shockcorded steel and fiberglass frame, clip attachments, and ring and pin assembly. You won't need to use stakes or guy lines except in case of severe weather.
Extras
Tent features the LightPocket™, which holds your headlamp and has a diffusing fabric to provide even lighting in the tent.
This is an updated version of the popular tent and features a redesigned inner tent that is lighter and better ventilated.
Designed to accommodate the Eureka! rope light if you want to purchase one ($20).

ProductReportCard Editors' In-Depth Review


Pros And Cons

Pros

  • One of the most spacious 3 person tents on the market with good ceiling height for its category and good storage space
  • Easy to set up with DAC® Jake's Feet system
  • Good ventilation
  • Good weather resistance
  • Multi-pocket organizer panel is a step up from just normal tent pockets
  • Reflective guy lines make the tent more visible at night
  • NEMO Equipment, Inc. makes a huge effort to be a green company

Cons

  • Relatively expensive
  • It's on the heavier side for tents in this category
  • DAC® Jake's Feet corner anchor system made the set up easy, but some reviewers thought it was really difficult to get the poles to release during takedown

Key Features

Recommended Use
Car camping or backpacking with friends in three seasons.
Product Size
The dimensions of the tent are 91" x 79" x 48" (L x W x H). As mentioned, the sleeping room is 50 ft2, and there are two, 12 ft2 vestibules for additional storage on either side of the tent. It has a packed size of 22" x 6.5". Its minimum weight is 5 lb 15 oz, and its packed weight is 6 lb 13 oz.
Frame and Fabric
The lightweight frame provides a more spacious interior with 4 Aluminum DAC NSL Featherlite poles positioned to make the walls more vertical. The floor, rainfly and vestibule fabric are all silicone and polyurethane-coated nylon, and the inner tent fabric is no-see-um mesh. It is fully seam taped and waterproof.
Product Design
The inner tent is black mesh with a grey nylon bottom. The outer fly is lime green.
Doors
It has 2 doors on either side of the tent that are covered by vestibules in case of bad weather.
Floors
It\'s floor is made from silicone and polyurethane-coated nylon (5000 mm) and features a high bathtub style design that offers more protection from ground water.
Set Up
The Losi 3P is quick and easy to set up because it uses the DAC® Jake\'s Feet corner anchor system. Basically, there are ball and socket attachments that lock in the main poles and then act as levers to keep the tent corners grounded while the rainfly is pulled over the top of the tent. It is easy enough for one person to do alone. DAC® J-Stakes are also available if extra stability is required in windy conditions.
Vestibule/Storage
In addition to the two vestibules mentioned, there is also a Gear Loft available (sold separately). The tent does come with a Gear Caddy, which is a multi-pocket organizer panel.
Ventilation
In wet conditions, the fly can be opened on both ends for cross ventilation. In warm, dry conditions, you can remove the outer fly and just use the mesh inner tent.
Accessories
Footprint, Pawprint™ (a soft lining that helps sleeping pads stay in place) and Gear Loft. All sold separately.
Warranty
Lifetime warranty

Reputation

The NEMO Losi 3P has received very positive online reviews from customers. It got a 4.3/5 on REI.com (47 reviews), a 4.5/5 on EMS.com (8 reviews) and a 4/5 on Trailspace.com (7 reviews). In addition to positive customer reviews, Outside Magazine recognized it with its "Gear of the Year" award in 2009, and Backpacker's Magazine called it the "Best All Around Three Person Tent" in 2009. While its not the lightest tent in its category for backpacking, customers didn't seem to mind given the overall comfort of the tent for 3 people and the fact that you can share the weight on the trail with your partner(s). Additionally, the convenience of two doors and ample storage space in the Losi 3P cannot be overlooked, especially when you are camping with friends or family. Overall, the Losi 3P is an excellent buy with all the comfort and versatility needed in a three-season, three-person tent.


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