Nemo Dagger Osmo 3P Tent Review (2023): Lightweight, Roomy, and Ecofriendly

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At a campground final week I watched somebody arrange what appeared like an old-school canvas tent, full with a wood-burning range in it (it’s winter), and I believed: See, you do not actually need all that costly high-tech gear. Army tents nonetheless work. When I acquired dwelling, I appeared up that tent and realized it was costlier than most of my backpacking gear mixed. Never thoughts, I’ll keep on with the light-weight nylon.

I’m not new to tenting the new-fashioned approach. I check plenty of totally different choices, and just lately I’ve been having fun with Nemo’s Dagger Osmo 3P tent. It’s a three-person (form of) freestanding, double-walled tent made from a brand new cloth Nemo calls Osmo. It’s not low cost, however the brand new Osmo cloth is a nylon-polyester mix made with one hundred pc recycled nylon and polyester yarns, woven in such a approach that it stretches much less and repels water greater than nylon alone. It’s additionally made with out using flame-retardant chemical substances or fluorinated water repellents (PFC and PFAS). Nemo is utilizing this new cloth on its Dagger and Hornet Elite tents.

While the brand new cloth is a pleasant additional, what I like most concerning the Osmo 3P is that it is a strong, roomy, light-weight tent able to withstanding appreciable wind with out a lot rippling within the tent.

Pick A Size

Nemo makes each two- and three-person fashions of the Dagger Osmo. While I’ve solely examined the three-person model, except for the scale and weight there is no distinction between the 2. In reality, given how roomy the three-person is, that is one tent the place I might say {couples} trying on the two-person model truly need not measurement up.

The three-person mannequin is 90 by 70 inches for a complete of 41 sq. ft of residing house. I had no hassle getting three 25-inch sleeping mats in it, and the size was sufficient to accommodate my 5’10” height with about 5 inches to spare. The max height at the center of the tent is 42 inches, making it rather low-profile, which helps make it aerodynamic. That squat aerodynamic aspect proved welcome during a couple of very windy nights testing in the Porcupine Mountains, where local wind sheer was well over 50 mph.

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Setting the tent up wasn’t hard. The Osmo comes with one multi-segmented pole that’s single down the main length of the tent, forking at each end with a cross pole in the middle. The four endpoints fit into corner Jake’s feet connectors. The all-in-one design means the poles are slightly bulkier when packing it up, but makes the setup super simple. The cross-body pole also does a good job of staking out the sides to create more vertical sidewalls for increased living space.

The sidewalls of the inner tent start off solid Osmo fabric for the first 6 inches, then transition to white mesh that’s still see-through but less than black, which affords you a bit more privacy even with the rain fly off. The top of the tent is black mesh, which provides great ventilation and makes for excellent stargazing on clear nights. That said, the huge amount of mesh means this tent is definitely in the three-season category; I didn’t have an opportunity to test it below freezing, but did spend several autumn nights in the lower 40-degrees Fahrenheit and was quite comfortable.

Osmo Fab

The rain fly is where the bulk of the Osmo fabric comes in, and I found that it lives up to its hype. I didn’t encounter any torrential rains, but it held up in some high winds and moderate rains. I also really liked that the Osmo is a muted gray-green rather than the more neon color schemes of some other Nemo tents.

The rain fly provides two equal vestibules at either door. Both have zippers at either end for venting or getting in and out. There are also two vent flaps at the top with stays to keep them open, so condensation doesn’t build up in a prolonged rain storm. The vestibules were easily big enough to store three packs and three pairs of boots, and you can get what Nemo calls landing zones—an optional vestibule floor that clips into color-coded tabs on the tent and vestibule, creating a little gear hammock just off the ground.

The inside organization is a little bit limited. There are some side pockets on the walls and overhead pockets that are primarily intended to hold a headlamp and diffuse the light. Personally, I just need a pocket for glasses and a headlamp, which the Osmo offers, but if you like tons of storage space, that’s something to keep in mind.

The Dagger Osmo is what Nemo calls an ultralight tent, which means it’s light and packs small, but also that it’s a little more fragile than a heavier, more traditional nylon tent. I didn’t have a footprint to place below it, but I would highly suggest one to help protect the floor. I also find that ultralight tents benefit from more careful attention to site selection, setup, and breakdown. Spending a minute to clear sharp debris before you pitch your tent will go a long way to helping it last.

I really love this tent. It’s lightweight, packs small, and is easy to divide between hiking partners. Setup is quick and it sleeps three with gear. The new fabric performed well and is relatively ecofriendly. It stacks up well against the competition too. It is longer than the popular MSR Hubba Hubba, with extra vestibule house; then again, the Hubba Hubba has extra storage choices within the type of a gear loft and bigger pockets. Depending on what you like, I feel that is simply nearly as good, and ranks amongst my favourite tents in the present day.

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