Nemo Mayfly Osmo review: A lightweight 2-person backpacking tent

Backpacking Nemo Equipment The gear isn’t cheap, but it is some of the lightest, best made, and most well thought out gear you will find on the market. The company’s new Mayfly Osmo two-person backpacking tent is a case in point. The Mayfly Osmo sets up quickly, is lightweight, and cleverly designed, and it gave the impression of durability over my five nights of testing.

The Mayfly comes in two- and three-person versions and sits in Nemo’s backpacking tent line between the ultralight Dragonfly and Hornet series and the more spacious, heavier Dagger series (8/10, Wired recommend). The Mayfly is a good option for backpackers who want to purchase a quality Nemo tent that weighs a little more but at $400 costs significantly less than the ultralight Hornet.

the basics

Photograph: Scott Gilbertson

The Mayfly is a three-season backpacking tent that weighs 3 pounds, 8 ounces for the two-person version I tested. Purists may take issue, but for me this puts it firmly in the ultralight tent category. Divided between two people, each weighs less than 2 pounds. It’s not as light as the Nemo Hornet, which weighs just 2 pounds, but that’s right under our suggestion of keeping weight under 2.5 pounds per person. The Mayfly is also $250 cheaper than the Hornet, making it easier on the pocketbook.

The Mayfly uses a semi-freestanding design, much like the MSR Freelight, which we reviewed last year. This design saves weight because it has fewer poles, but it does mean you have to stake or otherwise secure the bottom of the tent. If you’re going somewhere you may have to camp on hard rock, it’s worth adding some extra cord if you need to get creative.

The tent has two poles, both of which are aluminum. There is a three-piece pillar with a hub that is located above the door. The second spreader pole goes in the middle and helps maintain the steep sidewalls that make the Mayfly surprisingly roomy for its dimensions.

The Mayfly offers 27.9 square feet of living space, with two 7-square-foot vestibule areas for gear storage. In practice, it proves to be a livable tent for two people, although not spacious. Since I was also testing Nemo’s new Tensor Trail sleeping pad, I can say that two of them fit together, but just barely (see photo). There’s a few inches of room under the feet for gear, but anything you put in there will touch the sidewalls, which is often a recipe for wet gear.

Photograph: Scott Gilbertson

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Discover more from news24alerts

Subscribe now to keep reading and get access to the full archive.

Continue reading