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Space Case: One Man’s Nemo Losi Review

Thursday, September 16th, 2010

We deploy testers far and wide to make sure our gear is up to snuff. This week we hear from Andrew Lewicky of SierraDescents.com, who took our 2 person Nemo Losi test tent for a spin and makes a case for its space below. Andrew is well-versed in backcountry adventures, and shares his experiences with the world through his site featuring trip reports and gear and guide book reviews. Check it out!

If you’re traveling with a partner and you don’t want to rub shoulders all night, the Losi was built with you (and your comfort) in mind. Interior dimensions are a generous 86 x 54 x 46 inches. And, thanks to the tent’s unusual geometry, those numbers understate the actual, usable interior volume.

The Losi is the first 2-man tent I’ve tested that employs not two or three but four separate poles in its design. The two extra poles fit like gutters along the tent’s upper sides—a very interesting innovation.

As you’d expect with multiple poles and an unusual design, setup is definitely trickier than average. Be sure to take a practice run or two at home before venturing into the wild.

Those two extra poles serve multiple functions. Perhaps the most significant is the alteration of the tent’s geometry. Thanks to the side poles, the Losi’s interior walls become much steeper than a traditional tent’s.

If the swish-swish of your sleeping bag rubbing against low-angled tent fabric keeps you up at night, you’ll love the way the Losi’s sides — all four of ‘em — rise nearly vertically where they meet the floor. As noted, this gives the interior considerable spaciousness, exceeding, for example, the interior room of MSR‘s excellent Hubba Hubba 2-man tent, albeit at the cost of an extra pound of weight.

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Gear Review: Nemo, Neo and Platypus

Friday, July 16th, 2010

When my initial plans for a recent weekend were thrown out the window, I immediately began calling friends to see who was available for an overnighter in Tahoe National Forest. After getting a couple on the trip roster, I began asking Dave (TMS owner) for demo gear. “Toys, I need all the toys you’ve got!” I ended up taking four pieces of gear (Nemo Losi tent, Therm-a-Rest Neo Air sleeping pad, Platypus Cleanstream Gravity Water Filter and Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 backpack) out to one of my favorite lakes, Downey Lake near Emigrant Gap, to get the lowdown on how they worked, take some photos and have some fun. All tasks accomplished:

NEMO LOSI: The staff at Nemo Equipment must have been thinking of me when they came up with the Losi. This tent has won acclaim from Backpacker, Outside and Men’s Journal. As soon as you unroll the storage sack, you are going to think, “oh, I like this already.” I know I did. Finally someone did something innovative about the traditional tent storage sacks; Nemo decided to create a roll-up sack — not unlike a roll-up climbing gear bag — with pockets for the poles, stakes, tent and fly. Unroll it and it keeps the parts out of the mud and sand…

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Nemo Equipment Summer 2010

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

Nemo Equipment is a relatively new and small company, founded in 2002 in New Hampshire. Since then they have grown into a respected high end outdoor gear manufacturer of tents, sleeping pads, and pillows.  Although they haven’t been around very long, they have made their presence known in the outdoor industry with great lineup of products that has been reeling in awards left and right. The Meta 2p tent won the 2010 Editor’s Choice Award from Backpacker magazine and the Losi 3p tent won the Gear of the Year award from Outside magazine in 2009 just to name a few.

Nemo has always made great gear, but there are a couple great new products for 2010 that we think will become classic pieces of gear. First is the new Nemo Cosmo Air sleep system. The system consists of  a new 3″ thick ultralight sleeping pad with a built in foot pump for easy inflation, and a ultra soft washable pillowtop with mem0ry foam. The idea is that for backpacking you can take the Cosmo Air pad only to save weight and you can add the pillowtop for maximum comfort when car camping. Pretty Cool!

Showing off the head room in the Nemo Losi 2 person tent

Showing off the head room in the Nemo Losi 2 person tent

The second new piece of killer gear is the new Espri tent. It’s a high quality and ultra light backpacking tent with typical great Nemo design.  The two person model weighs only 3.4 pounds! These are for the person that loves the Losi but is concerned about weight.

Just getting the Nemo Losi 2 set up as the sun sets

Granite Chief Wildnerness Trip

Saturday, October 10th, 2009

I recently went on a short overnight backpacking trip into the Granite Chief wilderness. The weather was as good as it gets in september with clead skies and daytime highs in the 70′s. We hiked about 7 miles each way to a beautiful and secluded secret campsite. The campsite was up at an alpine lake a little over 8,000ft so we went prepared for overnight temps in the 30′s or lower and were pleasantly surprised. I diddn’t have a thermometer, but I never even had to zip up my Lafuma Warm’N Light 1000 sleeping bag! I used quite a bit of gear from TMS on this trip and I’m going take the time to review some of it and let the pictures of the trip speak for themselves.

Deuter ACT Lite 65+10 Backpack: There is a reason that this has been our best selling pack for two years running. It has the best combination of weight, capacity, and price on the market. The adjustable AirComfort back system also makes it fit a very wide variey of people.

Nemo Losi 2 Person Tent: While the Losi 3 person was the hot seller this summer, the Losi 2 is an equally awesome tent. It is very roomy for a 2 person tent and is easy to set up. The quality is top notch, typical for Nemo. At 4.9lbs it features two doors, two vestibules and bomber construction that is designed to last. It also offers the option of pitching the tent with just the rainfly and footprint for those looking to go ultralight.

Lafuma Warm’N Light 1000 Sleeping Bag: Probably the best combination of warmth, weight and price of any sleeping bag we carry. Only 2lb 3oz and compresses down 16×6 inches. Was warm enough that I never even fully zipped it up on this trip.

Snow Peak GigaPower Stove: Everyone I’ve shown it to is amazed at how small, light, and powerful this stove is. It weighs less than 4 oz and a watched pot certainly boils very quickly with this thing, and I was not using full power. The best thing about it, price, $39.95.

Thermarest NeoAir Sleeping Pad: I can’t say enough good things about this pad. Its lighter, packs smaller, and is more comfortable than any other pad I’ve tried. While we didn’t encounter any very cold weather on this trip it also has a surprising insulation R value of 2.5 for an air pad.

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