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When we journey into the wild for a few nights outside, the weather isn’t always great. We venture into some incredible places but the nights can get a bit frosty out there. That’s where a quality shelter is an important piece of the gear list, and when snow and temperatures drop, it’s worth having a shelter that will hold in the heat and fend off whatever may be falling from the sky. We’ve taken Nemo gear out in the past for reviews, and have always come back impressed with the quality, light weight, and functionality of their offerings. Well, the Nemo Kunai 2 is cut from the same quality cloth, and it held up exceptionally well to the adventures. We tested in in the snow, high desert winds, and a bit of light rain with predictably great results.
The Good: Lightweight, Easy To Pitch, Quality Construction
The Bad: Thin Materials, Single Entrance
The Ugly: Tiny Vestibule barely fits my pack and boots
The 4 season tent is light, coming in at about 4 labs with the fly, and when hiking in the winter, anything that lightens the load is a welcome aspect. With a 2 pole frame, the set-up was fast and easy, there are even color-coded ends to make sure they sit right the first time, and with simple open clips there is no threading through frustrating tunnels. While the materials are light, they don’t feel fragile, the bathtub floor held up against the snow and a night in the dirt with no punctures or rips. Ventilation on the tent is limited, with a small screen at the foot and head, which kept the space warm and just about frost free during a couple frigid snow nights but also cool enough for a spring night in the trees. Don’t expect enough ventilation for hot summer nights, but that’s not what should be expected out of any winter tent.
The fly on the tent is durable, easy to attach to the frame, and has pass through for guy lines to secure it down in high winds. Because of the low profile which is great in wind, the vestibule is a bit small, barely large enough for a set of boots or a small pack. The inside of the tent has good headroom, but with 2 people in there it can be a tight fit.
Overall, this is an incredible tent that is at home in the cold, wet wild, and is built to protect well against whatever the journey may bring your way. With durable materials and a great design the Nemo Kunai is sure to hold up well during plenty of outdoor adventures.
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