Nemo Pentalite-One of the Best Tents for Camping
The Nemo Pentalite was named as Backpacker magazines most versatile tent. This is a lightweight large sized tent with a spin on the classic pyramid shape. Instead of having four sides like a typical pyramid, the Nemo Pentalite uses five walls to create more interior space and also has a vestibule option which will give you an additional eight square feet of useable storage space.
The designers of the Nemo Pentalite patterned a tent that can be set up as a traditional pyramid or guyed out to create nearly vertical walls. The idea behind the shape was that everyone could sit up in their own sleeping space without feeling crunched by the pole or tent wall.
Each wall of the tent has a vent that can be guyed out. By doing this, you fully expose the mesh vent, and pull the tent wall away from the inside of the tent. This makes a big difference in creating the largest possible usable space inside the tent.
This all goes to show that five sides are better than four. Compared to conventional square pyramid designs, the Nemo Pentalite 4-Person 3-Season Tent offers a near rectangular sleeping area and a roomy additional triangular vestibule area.
There is an optional “wedge” which is a mesh wall that zips into the Nemo Pentalite giving you the ultimate protection from bugs and the elements. One cool feature about the wedge is that it let’s the pole pass through the floor so that it doesn’t rub or abrade the floor fabric. Nemo calls it the Pole Port.
Nemo Pentalite Features and Specifications
- Capacity: 4
- Minimum Weight: 3 lbs, 5 oz / 1.5 kg.
- Minimum Weight (w/ pole): 4 lbs, 4 oz / 1.9 kg.
- Frame: DAC Mono-pole
- Shell Fabric: 30D PU Nylon
- Interior Height: 72 in / 183 cm
- Floor 12ft 2 x 10ft 6
- Floor Area: 77 sq ft / 7.1 sq m
- Vestibule Area: 20 sq ft / 1.9 sq m
Nemo Pentalite Optional Wedge Features and Specifications
- Weight 2 lbs 1 oz
- 69 sq ft area
The Nemo Pentalite Tent Reviews
Since this is a fairly new design released in early 2011, the best and most thorough review comes from Backpacker Magazines gear guide for 2011.
MOST VERSATILE. “‘Get lightweight, ballroom-size shelter with this spin on the classic pyramid,’ says our tester, who used it while backpacking in canyon country and as an emergency shelter for seven during a thunderstorm in the Rockies. Instead of four sides, like typical pyramid, the Pentalite uses five walls to create more interior space and also has a vestibule/canopy option…Three vents on the tarp walls prevent the interior from steaming up. And the 72″ peak height makes the Pentalite a comfy place for sorting gear and even playing charades – campers 5’5″ and shorter can stand up inside. Extending the monopole and planting the eight stakes takes just a few minutes. The steep walls effectively shed snow during an early-winter snowstorm in CO.” Excerpted from Backpacker 2011 Gear Guide.
Reading through their comprehensive evaluation of the Nemo Pentalite, the only criticism that we could find was that they wished for a tauter pitch, as the walls tended to sag slightly without re-tensioning.
Overall, A very good tent. With that said, We only think that this is a great tent if you purchase both the tent and the wedge. The wedge adds so much more space and versatility that we think it’s a must.