Nemo Obi Elite 1P (2012)

The Obi Elite 1P is Nemo’s lightest poled tent and it makes use of some clever design features too. It is pitched inner-first with the preassembled pole forming a skeleton from which the inner is suspended and then the flysheet drapes over the top. Nemo has extended the ‘bathtub’ groundsheet up the sides, to allow a large cut-out in the flysheet to be provided at the end that reduces weight and increases airflow. Also the pole configuration provides very good headroom, so you can easily sit up in this tent. The porch is a good size too with space for rucksacks and cooking. In fine weather you can open up the main doors very wide, which is good. In wet and windy weather the mesh inner and the large gap between the flysheet and the ground mean this is a draughty tent that is not going to keep horizontal rain out quite as easily as those that hug the ground more; but of course in drier weather that airflow is a major advantage in controlling condensation. The weight of 1025g is very good for the amount of space provided and it means the Nemo Obi Elite 1P is ideal for fair-weather backpacking; but the price is far less appealing.

Flysheet material PU-coated nylon
Inner material nylon
Groundsheet material PU-coated nylon
Internal dimensions (length x width x height) 221x74x102cm
Packed size 30x20cm +47cm pole bag
Weight 1025g



The Nemo Obi Elite 1P offer a good weight-to-space ratio for backpacking; but it’s not the best for the worst weather, and the price is steep compared to other options.


Review by Graham Thompson

First published in Trail magazine July 2012