This top-ranked, three-person tent isn't the lightest backpacking tent available, but reviewers praise its space-to-weight ratio and overall comfort -- ideal for car camping or for two hikers sharing the load. Reviewers say it's extremely easy to set up and withstands heavy wind and rain. Near-vertical walls, a high ceiling and two 13-square-foot vestibules provide above-average space, and the interior organization also earns high praise. The lifetime warranty is another plus. An optional inner "pawprint" (*Est. $45) provides a soft lining and helps sleeping pads stay in place. For two backpackers, some owners say the lighter Nemo Losi 2P (*Est. $340) is spacious enough. For solo or ultralight backpacking, however, consider the Big Sky Evolution 2P (*Est. $350), which weighs only a little over 3 pounds.
It's unusual for one tent to earn top ranking from both Backpacker and Outside magazines, both of which review tents based on extensive field testing -- but the Nemo Losi 3P is the winner in both for 2009. We also found useful owner-written reviews at REI.com and at several other retail sites, including Amazon.com. Buzzillions.com includes the reviews from REI and adds owner-written reviews from two other sites. Usually we prefer to cite reviews where first published, but Buzzillions kept a slightly negative review available that had apparently been dropped from CampSaver.com.
1. Backpacker Magazine
Based on rigorous tests of dozens of tents, editors name the Nemo Losi 3P the best all-around three-person tent. Testers praise the spacious comfort of this tent and vestibules, along with fine details like "the smartest tent pocket we've seen."
Review: Gear Guide 2009: Nemo Losi 3P Tent Review, Kelly Bastone, April 2009
2. Outside Magazine
Based on extensive field tests, the Nemo Losi 3P earns the Gear of the Year award here. Editors praise the tent's ratio of space to weight, easy setup, excellent ventilation and general weather resistance.
Review: Gear of the Year 2009: Nemo Losi 3P, Frederick Reimers, May 2009
Based on a dozen or so owner-written reviews, many of whom say it's the best tent of many they've tried, the Nemo Losi 3P is one of the top-rated backpacking tents at this big retail site. Owners praise the build quality and spaciousness; one calls it "palatial." Minor quibbles include small doors on the rainfly as well as the possibility of dust blowing under the fly into the tent.
Review: Nemo Losi 3P, Contributors to REI.com
More than 20 owner-written reviews and ratings of the Nemo Losi 3P tent are published here, drawn from three different retail sites. Some of the reviews are also found at REI.com, while others add new information. Of note is one somewhat negative review -- the owner had received a tent with a greasy stain on one panel -- that originated at CampSaver.com, but no longer appears on that site.
Review: Nemo Losi 3-Person Tent Reviews, Editors and Contributors to Buzzillions.com, July 10, 2009
The handful of owners reviewing the Nemo Losi 3P here give it high praise. One notes that the organizer pocket includes a headlamp diffuser for room lighting. A minor drawback is that users may need some time to learn how to fold it properly to get it into the carrying bag.
Review: Nemo Losi 3P, Contributors to Trailspace.com
The Nemo Losi 3P and the smaller 2P version earn high praise here from the handful of owners reviewing them here. The "pawprint" is useful for holding sleeping pads in place. The abundance of mesh makes this a three-season tent, chilly in temperatures below freezing.
Review: Nemo Losi 3P, Contributors to Backcountry.com
The sole owner-written review posted here gives the Nemo Losi 3P tent the highest possible rating, calling it the best tent he's ever owned -- for car camping and motorcycle camping as well as backpacking. Design is excellent, with quick setup and excellent rainproofing.
Review: Nemo Equipment 3-Person Losi Tent, Contributors to Amazon.com