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Comments about NEMO Espri LE 3 Tent:
In a nutshell, I did not have a positive experience - I actually set it up incorrectly three times! Made me feel like an idiot...
1. The first time, I had the poles reversed...there is no color coding on the tent body webbing or poles to distinguish between front and back, so I had the poles going the wrong way. Only afterwards, did I notice that there is a section of the poles colored black on two sides, and those are the ones that are supposed to go toward the rear of the tent. Hmmm...OK, no big deal.
2. After I reversed the poles, and connected all of the tent body clips, I noticed I had the poles upside down (the main poles form an "X" and are connected by a hub in the middle). The last tent body clip I was going to attach is the one in the top center of the tent body, which is a semi-circular clip that slides onto a fitted circular hub. And I had the hub on the top side, facing away from the tent, instead of pointing down toward the tent. So, I unclipped everything and flipped the poles over...
3. After getting the main poles and tent body set up, I attached the final brow pole going across the front of the tent, but it didn't look right. I discovered that I had fished it through the sleeve incorrectly -- I had it on the inside of the two main poles (going underneath them, if you will, along the tent body). It needs to be threaded so that it goes onto the OUTSIDE of the main poles so it can clip into two hub "sockets" on each of the main cross poles. So, I undid it and fished it through again.
After getting the tent set up, I put the fly on and found that you need to connect the fly to the tent body and guy it out in order to make the two long tent sidwalls taut...I thought the clip was difficult to get at and use...I was lying on the ground reaching upwards between the fly and the tent trying to clip them together. Once that was done, I discovered the door is attached at the bottom of the tent doorway and tucks into a mesh pocket...wha? Weird. Every other tent allows you to roll the door to the side. In this case, you "roll" it towards the floor and stuff it into a little mesh sack attached to the inside of the tent.
After all that, I attempted to connect the trekking pole vestibule to the tent fly (which is why I wanted this tent in the first place). After 30 minutes, and 3 different people trying, we could not get the trekking pole vestibule to zip onto the tent fly. So, I gave up and disassembled everything.
The only other thing I'll mention are the "Jake's Feet" that Nemo uses to secure the poles to the tent. These "feet" accept the ends of the poles like a "ball and socket" style vs. putting a pole through a circular grommet like most of us are used to. It goes in VERY easily (like that) and comes out much easier than a grommet (you just twist the foot and pole pops out).
But the fly attaches to these feet with a strange flat clip with a curve at the end...had a little trouble getting it on and a LOT of trouble getting it off. Actually though I was going to break it each corner I tried to disconnect the fly from. The more common clip and buckle system found on many other tents works better IMHO. I could see these breaking in cold weather as you fight to get the clasp unattached from the foot.
It's not that I didn't like the tent itself (thought it was cool, actually), there's just no WAY I would have been able to set this thing up in the dark in the wilderness...never mind in snow or rain.
Now, the MSR Holler went up in 5 minutes without a hitch, 1st time around. I have returned the Nemo Espri and exchanged it for the MSR Holler...couldn't be happier. It stinks that the Holler doesn't have an optional vestibule like the Nemo Espri (or the MSR Gear Shed for the Hubba series), but I guess ease of set up / use are just as important.
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