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NEMO DragonFly 1 - Product Review

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Editor's Rating: (5 / 5)

Pros

  • Comfortable and roomy interior
  • Well-thought out design
  • Durable while maintaining light weight
  • Easy to set up
  • Sleek, attractive profile

Cons

  • Fairly expensive
  • Walls could be a bit thicker/more durable

Our Take:

The NEMO Dragonfly is a sleek, well-designed solo tent that provides exceptional comfort in a light package.

This tent offers many great features without sacrificing portability and convenience. It delivers on in many key areas in a way that many other tents in this category just don’t quite manage.

The Dragonfly is one of the best options in this price range for a solo tent in our experience.

Let’s get down to the nitty-gritty.

Comfort and Convenience

This is an area where the NEMO Dragonfly really shines. Despite its pack weight of just under 3 pounds, it is very roomy when set up.

At 88 inches in length, it can easily accommodate taller hikers, and 40 inches of headroom means you can sit up and move around without feeling cramped.

It also offers a ton of interior storage space with convenient overhead and side pockets for gear. You really can fit a lot of stuff in the Dragonfly due to it’s clever design.

And, when the rain fly is set up, you will have even more room to store your gear out of the elements underneath it’s expansive outside vestibules.

The doors are large and easy to open and close, meaning convenient access.

One unique feature that we really like was the overhead light pockets, which use a special material to diffuse light from a flashlight or lamp evenly throughout the interior. Very cool!

This tent is one of the most comfortable lightweight one person tents we’ve tried, and it is also a cinch to set up.

It has an intuitive color-coded pole system that even a first-timer should be able to figure out with ease. Even with the rainfly, erecting the NEMO Dragonfly shouldn’t take longer than a few minutes.

Size and Weight

The Dragonfly is very portable for the amount of premium features it offers.

It packs down to 2 lb 13 oz, making it one of the smaller solo tents in this price range (although you could go lighter with a more barebones option)

It takes up minimal space in the pack, coming in about 19 inches long.

Protection

This tent performs very admirably in adverse weather. With a 20-denier floor and 15-denier walls, this tent is more than capable of withstanding anything but the most extreme gales.

One aspect we really like about this tent is the length of the rain fly. On the Dragonfly, it extends lower than most other lightweight tents, meaning superior protection from sideways wind and rain.

The rainfly stays far enough away from the tent walls to keep condensation from forming inside the tent, which is crucial.

The rain fly also has a long ventilation flap, meaning you can still aerate your sleeping area even in inclement weather.

All in all, this tent should keep you dry in most conditions from the spring to the fall, depending on where you’re trekking.

Durability

The Dragonfly is very well made, and should be worth the investment. As long as nothing extreme happens, this one will last for many years.

The nylon and stitching appears to be of high quality. Although the 15-denier fabric used for the walls of this tent could be a little bit sturdier, we don’t think this will be an issue for normal use.

Wrapping Up

If you are serious about making a high-quality purchase for a single person tent, the NEMO Dragonfly should be near the top of your list. It offers exceptional comfort and many clever conveniences without sacrificing lightweight durability.

For the price, there are very few comparable options.

The folks at NEMO put a lot of thought and care into the design of this tent, and it certainly shows.

Key Product Info:

People 1
Seasons 3
Rainfly Yes
Weight 2 lb 13 oz
Packed Dimensions "19.5 x "4 in
Assembled Dimensions "35 x "88 x "40 in

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Nick P

Nick spent his mostly unsupervised youth raising hell in the woods and ponds of 16 Acres in Springfield, MA (AKA Hell's Acres). He currently lives in Brooklyn, NY and loves hitting the northeast trails when his schedule allows and camping on his roof deck when it doesn't.

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