Nemo OBI Elite 1P 2011

The Nemo OBI Elite 1P one-person tent packs in two halves using a compression dry-sack and separate pole bag, which is a good space saver. It’s free-standing and pitches inner-first, but the single Y-shaped hub-jointed pole attaches easily with clips and the flysheet is on quickly. There’s good internal space for lying down and sitting up; and with a lot of mesh, including the inner door, the tent is well-ventilated. The head end has a cut-away on the flysheet to add to this air movement and shave a little weight off too, while the waterproof tub groundsheet extends past this to prevent water entry. The porch is big enough to stow all your gear and still leave the doorway clear for access and cooking. The outer door and its adjacent panel roll back to expose the whole side of the tent, which is great for warm nights. The inner has a removable mesh organiser that hangs from clips and there’s a pole repair sleeve included too.
But in cold and windy weather the ventilation and extensive mesh will make the OBI a draughty place to sit; and although the tent can be well pegged, guying options are limited. The inner-first pitching design, although speedy, also helps to put the OBI in the ‘fair weather’ bracket in my view.

Design single pole
Poles shock-corded alloy
Inner mesh 10D PU nylon
Flysheet 10D PU nylon; hydrostatic head information not provided
Groundsheet 30D PU nylon, 5000mm hydrostatic head
Internal dimensions length 221cm; width 74cm; height 102cm
Packed size 20x20cm + 47cm pole bag
Weight 1435g
Made in China
Stores in the UK 5

Quirky design with great comfort and usability make the Nemo OBI Elite 1P a good choice of one-person tent for fairer days.

Review by Peter Macfarlane
First published in Trail magazine April 2011