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  • Large side doors offer vestibule space and easy access in and out of the tent
  • Extremely fast and easy setup, thanks to a single hubbed pole with ball-and-socket end tips
  • Triangulated, volumizing guyouts increase interior space
  • True tub-floor construction reduces seam construction and seam tape, increasing the longevity of the tent
  • State-of-the-art fabrics and premium hardware create an ultralight, yet highly livable backpacking tent
  • Durable, advanced DAC Featherlite NFL aluminum poles weigh less than nearly all other poles on the market
  • Divvy Sack dual-stage drawstring stuff sack allows you to easily split the tent between 2 people for carrying on the trail


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Best Use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping Capacity 2-person
Minimum Trail Weight 2 pounds
Fly / Footprint Pitch Weight Unavailable
Packaged Weight 2 lbs. 5 oz.
Packed Size 19 x 5 inches
Floor Dimensions 85 x 51/43 (L x W head/foot) inches
Floor Area 28 square feet
Vestibule Area 16 square feet
Peak Height 40 inches
Number of Doors 2 doors
Number of Poles 1
Pole Material Aluminum
Pole Diameter 8.7 millimeters
Canopy Fabric 20-denier nylon/mesh
Floor Fabric 15-denier nylon
Rainfly Fabric 10-denier nylon
Ultralight Yes
Design Type Semi-freestanding
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thru-hiking the PCT My girlfriend and I took this tent with us on our thru-hike of the PCT. It stood up incredibly well over 2,665 miles, multiple landscapes, eco-zones and weather conditions. The dual vestibules and doors made it easier for the two of us to share such a small space for so long. The poles and tarp held up incredibly well but the bug netting stretched at the pole attachment point after about 100 nights. I reccomend this tent to any thru-hikers or hikers/ campers looking for a high end product worth every penny.
Date published: 2015-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from BEST TENT EVER This is my favorite tent ever! Takes me no more than a handful of minutes to pitch this tent. Don't let the single pole system fool you, it provides plenty of rigidity and volume for what is deceptively a very big tent that packs down to the size of a coconut. And don't let Nemo's thinner fabrics fool you! The weight-savings have not compromised its waterproofness, breathability, or durability at all! Tried and tested on the East Coast Trail and Gros Morne for 2 weeks in heavy storm conditions, down to 5C. Only thing that can potentially be improved on is a couple more guyline points to really provide this shelter with more rigidity. This is my 4th Nemo tent I've purchased (I own the Losi 3P, Altistorm 3P, and the Bugout Shelter), and this is by far my favorite tent for its ease of use, insanely small packsize (fly, stakes, and tent packs down to size of coconut, the poles fold down to about the length of a retracted hiking pole).
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Ultralight Tent The first time I used this tent was on a 4-day trip in SE Alaska where the Hornet 2P was able to keep me dry through relentless rain, strong winds, and even some snow. Being an ultralight tent, space inside is somewhat limited but there is still enough space for two people. Setup is quick and easy, and getting in and out is extremely easy with the fly and door designs. Overall I am very pleased with this purchase and it has saved me carrying a couple extra pounds on my back. Perhaps the only negative thing I have experienced after several weeks' use with the Hornet is that even with the tent completely staked out and set up, the door to the tent is still somewhat loose, making the zipping and unzipping functions tedious at times because there is not enough tension on the tent to keep the zipper area taught. Perhaps I just need to figure out a better way to stake it out.
Date published: 2015-12-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Solid, lightweight tent I got this tent earlier this year because I wanted a lightweight but spacious tent for myself. I've used it on several solo trips as well as on a section of the AT with my friend, who is thru-hiking southbound. It is so incredibly light, easy to set up, and very reliable so far. I haven't used it in extreme thunderstorms but have no doubt that it would hold up. I'm 5'5" and 113 and already carry a heavier stove and my DSLR, so couldn't afford a heavy tent too. I could not be happier with my purchase and absolutely love it. I will say that you should definitely buy the footprint as well as some shepherd hook tent stakes. The ones they provide are good but don't give enough room for the fly, footprint, and tent paracord.
Date published: 2016-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Thru-Hiking Tent Went 100 miles with this tent last summer and plan to go another 150 this summer. It is light, goes up easy, and kept me dry in a pretty wicked storm where my friends tent let in water. I used the footprint under the tent since the ground can be rough in Missouri. It says it is a 2 person tent, but I would say it is a one person tent plus room for your gear.
Date published: 2017-04-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Awesome tent and even better customer service. Id like to start by saying this tent withstood 25-30 mph winds Saturday night which is a testament to its durability. I just purchased this a couple weeks ago and this was its maiden camping trip. I noticed a small part of the stitching in the seem of the stuff sack to be coming undone. The rest of the tent is fine. I emailed Nemo with a picture of the small stitching issue and Ben had a tracking number and a new stuff sack in the mail, literally, within minutes. I'll be purchasing my new sleeping bag and pad from Nemo now.
Date published: 2016-04-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Early review I just received this tent and thought I'd make an early comment since there aren't many reviews for this one. I've set it up in the yard, but have no nights in the backcountry. I'm 6 feet even and about 215 lbs (skinny legs, but bigger on top with a gut). Sitting up and lengthwise, this tent fits me perfectly. People much taller than 6 feet may find it short lying down and sitting up. There's a sweet spot at the high point for sitting at my height, but sitting off center would be a tad short. In deciding between the solo vs. 2p, I'd recommend opting for the 2p for added size at a minimal price increase and 5 oz weight penalty. This tent would be really small for two people---maybe great for the first six months of a relationship if you're both slim, but way too small if you've been married for a while---and you wouldn't even want to consider this for two people if you aren't romantically involved or trying to get there. I bought the footprint and am happy with it. It's the first time I've bought a pre-made tent footprint and it works nicely. With the tent floor being thin, the footprint is more durable than the plastic sheeting I normally use. Setup is a breeze. In rain, stuff will get a little wet before you have the fly on, but you'll be able to get a passable pitch pretty quickly in rain with no wind. My previous tent experience may temper this review, so it's worth mentioning that I'm going from a Sierra Designs Clip Flashlight 2 (2009) to this tent. Inside of this one is less living space, but plenty for me solo with my pack in one of the vestibules and a few essentials in the tent. Cutting half my tent weight was great, but this tent feels like it will take some careful handling because the material is lighter and thinner than what I'm used to having. Zippers are small and a bit hard to locate when you're used to bigger zippers--I'm figuring I'll get used to that quickly. The Jake's feet clips at the two head corners when attaching the fly are MUCH easier to use on this tent than they were on my old Sierra Designs.
Date published: 2016-03-27
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good Bivy Alternative The Hornet is a great bivy alternative for those who tend to get hot and wet inside a bivy, and can fit 2 people snugly in a pinch. It breathes well and will keep you dry. It will stand without being staked out, but to get max volume without the walls closing in on you, you must stake out the corners and attach the tent walls to the rain fly. A light breeze will blow the tent over, so put weight in it if not staked down. It packs up very tightly even with additional ground tarp (highly recommended); I can fit it in the bottom of my pack with air pad and down bag. Single pole design allows for easy setup and take down with ground tarp and rain fly around tent, which is excellent for quick setup in the rain to keep tent interior dry. A cool feature is that due to the tent and fly geometry when rain fly is on, but doors are rolled up, you look out from the tent onto the stars. Typically I will trade a little weight for a more roomy tent for 2, as it will be split between partners, but if you have volume concerns in your pack system, don't need the space, or don'y mind being super cozy, but desire a dry breathable shelter, this tent is a win.
Date published: 2016-06-03
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It appears that this is a hybrid tent with the fly not being full coverage on the one side.  Is that the case?  If so, has anyone reported problems with rain blowing in from that side in an storm?

Asked by: Ms. Backpacker
The rainfly on the Hornet 2P Tent will provide full coverage on all sides of the tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-18

How many plastic hooks are there that attach the tent to the poles? In the first photo on this page there appear to be 7. I just got my tent and there are only 5. It does not have the 2 lower ones by the head of the tent. Are they missing?

Asked by: Alex
That is not true. I called Nemo, and they said that photo with 7 clips is a stock prototype photo. The actual tent only has 5 hooks that attach the tent to the poles.
Answered by: Alex
Date published: 2017-06-12

I've read that the footprint only attaches to the poles at one point (not 3). Is that true and if so how is the footprint attached to the tent?

Asked by: Explorer9
​The footprint attaches to the tent in 3 places. First, you need to make sure the footprint is oriented to match the tapered floor of the tent. Once the tent is pitched on top of the footprint, you will notice a webbing loop that attaches the "Jakes Foot" pole receiver to the tent in each corner. The footprint has two plastic "C" clips in front that will slide around the webbing loop mentioned. You may have to rotate the "C" clip first to expose the small opening on the side that will accept the webbing. Simply slide the webbing into the gap in the "C" clip and snug back towards the tent. The guyout points in the back two corners of the footprint and tent can then be staked out together and tightened with the small cord to remove any slack in both components.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-08

there was a short piece inside the pole bag, what is that for?

Asked by: gialush
The piece that you are referring to is a tent pole repair sleeve. Should the tent poles become damaged in the field, the sleeve will serve as a temporary repair.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-06-12

It says its freestanding, but in the pictures and videos it looks like you'd need at least 4 guy lines. Is this truly a freestanding tent? Thanks!

Asked by: Polybius
The Hornet 2P is a semi-freestanding tent. This means that it can stand on its own with just the poles but has to be staked-out for maximum livable space. Thank you for bringing this to our attention. We will update the information on as soon as possible.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-07

Are there any interior pockets?

Asked by: Bagsers
There are two interior pockets inside of this tent.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-19

I'm 6'4" inches tall, would this tent be long enough for me?

Asked by: dunnman19
Yes, you will fit with just under 5 inches of space above your head and below your feet.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-29

I have two 25 inch nemo sleeping pads. Will they fit side by side in the foot end of the tent?

Asked by: Pointer
No, the foot area is 41" wide. The 25" pads could be used, but they will overlap towards the foot area.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-05-17
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