Bring comfort to the backcountry.

Nemo Equipment puts to rest the notion that backpacking tents can't be spacious or comfortable with the Hornet Elite 2P Tent. This ultralight structure weighs just under two pounds, and maximizes efficiency on long-distance treks where the allotment of every single ounce is of utmost importance. A double door design with two vestibules helps you and your adventure partner unwind at the site with a roomy, flowing design, as well as store packs and muddy boots safely.

Keeping time on your side, the DAC Featherlite NFL pole attaches in a hubbed intersection for a quick set-up and easy freestanding pitching. Nylon fabric along the tent floor and vestibule cut down on weight, but not protection or durability, while PU and silicone coatings provide waterproof protection when you encounter unexpected afternoon downpours. In addition to the dual doors, the Hornet Elite's mesh canopy enhances air circulation in those hot, muggy conditions that come along with summertime backpacking.

  • Ultralight, roomy, and durable tent for you and a partner
  • Three-season versatility with double wall design
  • DAC Featherlite NFL pole is super light and strong
  • Nylon fabric shaves weight, not strength
  • PU/silicone floor and fly coatings for water-resistance
  • Mesh canopy for ventilation without letting bugs inside
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

Light and Tough

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Bought this tent to take on a 4-day sea kayaking trip on the west coast of Sweden. It. Was. Perfect. It packs so small (loaf of bread small!) which made it so easy to pack in our kayaks, and would be great for backcountry backpacking as well. My husband and I are both average build and we fit very comfortably in this with just enough room at your feet to stash your clothes for tomorrow and your tent necessities (headlamps, nalgene, cards, flask, etc). We only experienced some light drizzle for maybe an hour, so I can't speak to how this holds up in a major storm or high wind, but despite being so light, it seems like if you take care of it, it will take care of you.

So light it's scary.

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

This is my 4th Nemo tent. I have a 4 season Nemo, and two Obi tents, 1p and 3P. This Hornet Elite 2P is so light and thin it makes we worry it will last. I spoke to Nemo directly and they said they have not seen any warranty claims yet. My main concern was the thin mesh lasting. I did have Nemo warranty my Obi 1. They fixed the door zipper at no charge. I've used this tent for 10 days straight in the High Sierra off trail while mountaineering south of Whitney. I had rain and hail every day. The tent held up fine. Sets up fasts. I prefer the extra poles like the older Obi design but I will get used to it. Only issues so far is the pole sack and stuff sack are so thin and light they won't last a month at the rate I use it. The pole bag ripped in 3 days. I purchased a different pole bag and stuff sack from another brand. It added some weight but that's fine with me.

So light it's scary.

Favorite piece of my camping setup

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

Springtime rain and thunderstorms in the Smokies were no match for this tent. 35F, torrential downpours all night, and whipping winds but I stayed dry. It would be a tight squeeze to fit two people comfortably but was perfect for me for a solo tent(5'9", 200lbs). Everything that T. Page Stalcup mentioned about this tent before me is spot on, the fabric of this thing feels like you're setting up a mylar balloon...but an impossibly strong mylar balloon. The trail weight of the tent came down to just under 3lbs with stakes and an added NEMO footprint for it(just as insurance). Tent dried out quickly in the breeze on a trail side lunch stop near Clingman's Dome. Overall, I love this tent and have shocked people with how well this mind-blowingly light tent has held up on the trail.

Love this tent!

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I was hesitant to purchase such a pricey tent but when it went on sale I pulled the trigger. So glad I did. This thing is LIGHT as a feather! I have spent several nights in it and experienced some pretty sketchy (windy and rainy) weather with no issues. I like the fact the the stuff sack is a two stage sack meaning you can carry the poles and stakes in the bag with the tent and have a longer bag to strap to the outside of your pack, or stage it down to a smaller sack with just the tent and your poles and stakes stored separately. I was a bit nervous about the strength of the fabric with it being so light and the first night the zipper caught on the fabric of the rainfly as I was opening the door. I thought for sure it would rip, but it did not and I had to pull it pretty hard to get it unstuck from the zipper. If you are in the market for an ultralight tent this is definitely one to consider.

Unanswered Question

What's the difference between this one and the non-elite?