I have got the NEMO Galaxi two person tent set up here. And this is an excellent offering from NEMO for two backpackers or campers that are looking for a tent that is easy to use, has a lot of features and has a really budget friendly price. It weighs in at a little over 5 pounds. It is not an ultra light tent by any means. It is pretty light weight for the price and for the features, This is an excellent tent for motorcycling or for car camping as well. You have got a full coverage rain fly that will protect you from the elements. And as we go are going to talk about each little feature and tell you how much of a value there is for this tent.
With the rain fly you have got a 68D polyester ripstop fabric. It is seam taped so it is going to keep you dry, a nice durable material there. The zipper into the rain fly you have a nice storm flap in front of that zipper. There is this little tag on there, it can be removed after you have purchased the tent, but it has got NEMO’s zipper flap vent which is kind of a nice feature where you can unzip the top portion of the rain fly. You know, if you don’t want to peel back the rain fly completely, if it is just raining a little. But if it is getting a little bit muggy, you can open up the rain fly. You have still got protection, you know, from a light rain, but you have got that ventilation. So you can open it from this side and the other vestibule on the other side. So you have got two doors, two vestibules and they are the same size there.
So a nice feature there. Also you have got a catenary cut here in the rain fly, which is nice, you know, it keeps rainwater from, you know, from coming up into the rain fly there. And just some added features there in the rain fly. If I open this one side, you can peel back each side of the rain fly here and attach that for just easy in and easy out. You can also peel back the other side of the rain fly. You can open this up if it is a nice day, and you want to have cross ventilation, you can do that as well. But, you know, nice two vestibules there. Also on the rain fly you have got guide points so you can staked it out, it is included with the tent. You can really batten it down if you need to.
You can peel the rain fly off of the tent and have just the tent body and the poles. The poles are a one single hub design so they are all connected. You have got two cross poles and one ridge line pole that brings the sidewalls of the tent a lot more vertical. So that gives you more livable space inside the tent, it is a hub design. So they are all connected.
The poles are a nine millimeter aluminum so you have got a lot of durability there and a low weight. You have got a lot of mesh in the upper part of the tent and that provides a lot of breathability for summer conditions. You have two big doors. You have got two zippers here so you are able to open those really easy. Same door on the other side, so easy in, easy out. And one thing that is nice about NEMO’s design here, you have a magnetic clip. So you can literally use this one handed and just clip the door out of the way. So, as you are getting in and out of the tent, putting gear in and out, it is really easy to use. When you want to close the door, all you have to do is open it up like that and zip it up. So super easy to use there. It has got a bathtub style floor that is 70D nylon. So a lot of waterproof protection there and a lot of durability.
Inside the tent you have a lot of features that make it livable for two backpackers. Starting with the floor plan, it is 86 inches long by 54 inches wide. So plenty of room for two backpackers to store themselves and their gear. A typical sleeping mat is around 20 inches wide, so plenty of room there. You have also got pocketing. You have one big pocket on each side, so you can get your gear up off the ground. An interesting feature is, you have two light pockets on the top of the tent. The fabric actually diffuses the light, so instead of a beaming light, you have more of a flat light, which makes it nice.
The great value aspect of this tent, is it comes with an included footprint. A lot of times the foot prints are sold separately, but footprints really add a lot of value for many different reasons. One, they protect the floor of your tent so any rocks or sticks that might damage the bottom, your footprint is going to protect your tent from that. It protects the tent from ground water as well. You can set this up with just the footprint, the poles and the included rain fly for a really light weight set up. So, you do not have to have the tent body to actually set it up.
This is literally just the footprint, the poles and the rain fly. And this allows you to do a couple of different things. One, you are backpacking and you get into camp and it is a downpour, you can set this up really fast. Then take your tent body out of your pack and set it up inside. So that when you actually get in your tent, you know, it is not full of water. Another reason, you can just pack this by itself. If you know the weather is going to be all right, you don’t necessarily need the body of the tent. If you want to go a little bit lighter weight, you can set this up as just a really light weight set up.
So, again, the included foot print adds a lot of value. I will mention that the footprint is actually quite a bit smaller than the floor of the tent, so, water from rain and that kind of thing doesn’t build up underneath. So the body of the tent comes out a couple of inches in addition to the size of the foot print. All in all with the attentions to detail, the easy to use features, and the included foot print with this tent. You can be confident you are going to have a great time on your next backcountry adventure. It is the NEMO Galaxi two person tent..