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The Nemo Nano Elite is marketed by the manufacturer as a lightweight, fast set-up tent aimed at adventure racers and the fast-and-light crowd. Since I can't run with the former, I try to hang with the latter…

The 3.2 pound (1.46 kilogram) Elite's interior two pole set-up and side entry is reminiscent of the Bibler Ahwahnee and Black Diamond Lighthouse tents, but at a much lighter weight, achieved by using non-breathable 20 denier nylon for the body. The Elite is the lightest weight-to-floor-area shelter Nemo makes, even including bivies. And, if the tent can in fact be used by four people, the shelter clocks in at 13 ounces per person.

I did not put the four-person claim to the test, but I did put the Elite through its paces.


  • Introduction
  • The Product
  • Field Testing
  • Observations
  • What's Good
  • What's Not So Good
  • Comparisons
  • Recommendations For Improvement

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