Nemo Hornet 2P ($400)

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Ultralight

85 x 51/43 in.

2 lbs. 6 oz.

1P, 2P

As light as the Big Agnes Fly Creek below but with two doors and vestibules.

Tight quarters for two backpackers.

For those with a minimalistic style who want a bug-proof, freestanding shelter, we strongly suggest the Nemo Hornet. The best bearer for the 2-pound category has for a long time was the Fly Creek made by Big Agnes, but we think that the Hornet surpasses it in almost every aspect. We love the Hornet’s double-door and double vestibule designs (the Fly Creek only has one door at the top in the tent) the Nemo’s “FlyBar” pole clamps allow to expand headroom across. Additionally, you’ll get more ripstop nylon when compared to the Fly Creek’s mesh-based construction, which can lead to greater protection from stormy conditions. If you are planning to hike thru or ultralight The Hornet is by far the most suitable choice with a tiny 2 ounce weight gain.

However, while the Hornet surpasses it’s counterpart the Fly Creek in most metrics however, its ultralight design has some drawbacks. It’s also an extremely comfortable space to stay in, especially for two people. Weather protection is a bit shaky with only a small rainfly on the top (meant to improve the airflow). Should you be willing to take some weight loss We think that it’s the Big Agnes Tiger Wall above is the best option. For just two ounces more, you’ll gain headroom thanks to The Big Agnes’ longer center poles for ridges, and its extended fly gives more weather protection. For solo travelers or those who enjoy snuggling into a warm spot, the Hornet is a sturdy ultralight tent and has proven to be quite durable despite its light construction.