NEMO Kodiak 2P Tent Review

NEMO Kodiak 2P Hunting Tent Review

The NEMO Kodiak 2P is a 4-season freestanding double-wall tent colored with FirstLite’s hunting color schemes. The thing that distinguishes the Kodiak from other 4-season tents are its side screened windows and the added ventilation they provide. These windows are a fairly radical departure compared to other 4 season mountaineering tents that usually have solid side-walls. But it means that you use one lightweight tent, the Kodiak 2P, across a very wide range of temperatures and locales, from the snow-packed Rockies to the hot dry deserts of the Southwest. That really simplifies the packing involved in getting ready for a weeklong hunt.

Specs at a Glance

  • Seasons: 4 Season
  • People: 2
  • Freestanding: Yes
  • Type: Double-Wall
  • Color: Field/Cipher
  • Min Trail Weight: 4 lb. / 1.81 kg
  • Packed Weight: 4 lb. 3 oz. / 1.9 kg
  • Doors: 1
  • Windows: 3
  • Floor dimensions: 82″ x 50″/41″
  • Peak height: 44″
  • Materials:
    • DAC Featherlite NSL 9mm aluminum poles,
    • 20D Polyester Ripstop/No-See-Um Mesh Canopy
    • 30D PeU Nylon Ripstop 3000mm Floor,
    • 15D Sil/PeU Nylon Ripstop (1200mm) Rain Fly

Tent Set-Up

The Kodiak 2P is a freestanding exoskeleton-style tent so pitching it is extremely straightforward. It has two aluminum DAC featherlite main poles that are connected by a central hub and cross over the tent body. The poles are color-coded to the tent, making reference and set up very easy.

Zippered mesh windows in the door, sidewalls, and end of the tent offer versatility for a true all season use
Zippered mesh windows in the door, sidewalls, and end of the tent offer versatility for a true all-season use

There are multiple zippered mesh windows along the interior wall that work in combination with vents at both ends of the tent.  The mesh windows are backed by solid zippered panels so you can close them up completely if it’s cold or open them partway for additional ventilation. Struts installed into the fly allow the vents to be held open for increased airflow, ventilation, and condensation control.

Zippered mesh windows offer ventilation for warm sunny days
Zippered mesh windows offer ventilation for warm sunny days.

An additional brow pole increases headroom at the tent door and provides extra height in the vestibule. Tent clips secure the tent to the poles and help to evenly distribute the stress on the frame during high winds.

There are four reflective guy-lines attached to the tent that pass through the rain fly for extra support, making the tent a veritable fortress in high winds.  Having the four lines pass through the fly secures the tent well, and there are multiple attachment points at key areas on the fly. However, I would have appreciated at least two more guy-lines and a couple more stakes to have been included with this tent. I’d recommend adding them to your kit for field use, especially when camping in open terrain and high wind.

The zippered mesh windows along the interior wall that work in combination with vents at both ends of the tent
The zippered mesh windows along the interior wall that work in combination with vents at both ends of the tent.

The compact design of this tent also increases resistance to high winds and heavy snow loads. The 15d nylon ripstop rainfly is reinforced with silicone to increase durability and provide reliable weather protection. It was very easy to toss over the tent and attach to the same four-pole ends that the tent uses in each corner.

This Kodiak comes stored in a segmented ‘Divvy’ stuff sack that easily compresses when the poles are removed. This allows an individual to have options for carrying the poles and tent separately within a pack on a solo trip, or dividing it if you are adventuring with a friend. One person could carry the tent body and fly and the other could carry the tent poles and stakes.

An additional brow pole to increases head room
An additional brow pole to increases head room.

Otherwise, the stuff sack is a generous size, which means you don’t have to have an advanced degree in origami to fold up the tent and get it back into the bag. An additional nice touch is that the assembly instructions and a map of popular constellations is printed on a glow-in-the-dark panel and sewn into the seam on the inside of the stuff sack.

Livability

Space is at a premium inside the tent at only 26 square feet, however, the headroom is good for a tent this size, at 42 inches. As with all “two-person” tents, it fits one person comfortably and two people intimately. It’s cozy, and there isn’t a lot of extra room for maneuvering around, but it works. I am not bothered much by the compact design because ultimately for me, I am solely using it as a protected place from weather and as a place to sleep during a hunt. I am often up and gone well before dawn and frequently return well after dark after a full day of pursuing game animals.

Space is at a premium inside the tent.
Space is at a premium inside the tent.

This ultra-snug design was modeled after the NEMO Kunai 2P mountaineering tent, which nearly identical but colored differently. A smaller footprint is more desirable at high elevations with varied terrain, where finding or creating a level spot of real estate is often difficult.

A large mesh gear loft above the door which provides plenty of storage for your camp essentials
A large mesh gear loft above the door provides plenty of storage for your camp essentials.

Inside the tent you will find a large mesh gear loft above the door which provides plenty of storage for your camp essentials. There are also light pockets in the front corners of the tent to hold a phone or headlamp. The slightly opaque mesh is meant to help diffuse the light throughout the whole tent for hands-free illumination. Alternatively, these pockets can also be used to store more gear. Additional pockets on each side of the tent walls are handy for a GPS, wallet, or a midnight snack.

The vestibule is small with just enough space to store backpacks and hiking boots for two people. Additionally, there is a little space at the foot of the tent for extra clothes and other essentials.

The vestibule is small with just enough space to store backpacks and hiking boots
The vestibule is small with just enough space to store backpacks and hiking boots.

The weight of the Kodiak 2P tent is a mere 4 lb. 3 oz. (1.9 kgs) and won’t weigh you down. Arguably, there are single-wall 4 season tents in the 2 lb to 3lb range, and that’s all well and good until the temperature rises or internal condensation sets in. Conversely, the market is flooded with 3 season tents that are lightweight and shed rain beautifully, but once a sustained wind blows or the temperatures start to drop, they leave you with little protection from the elements. This makes the versatility of the Kodiak 2P tent a good alternative for all-season camping.

Recommendation

The NEMO Kodiak 2P tent has a burly design that inspires confidence when changing weather conditions are likely, making late-season camping or hunting trips less of a gamble when it comes to braving the elements. The attention to detail is truly incredible. In the case of a multi-day storm, it may get a bit snug in there for most, but you will definitely be protected from the elements. If you are looking for one tent to do-it-all, this is it. Great for dry, wet, hot, or cold weather, this tent speaks volumes about NEMO’s consistent quest for innovation and its ability to adapt and meet consumer demand. I highly recommend this tent if you spend time in a variety of climates throughout all four seasons.

Disclosure: NEMO provided the author with a sample tent in exchange for an impartial review.

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About the author

Sven Peery is an all-season outdoorsman who enjoys backpacking, camping, hiking, skiing, and snowshoeing. He is also an experienced hunter and fisherman who is not afraid to wander off the beaten path. His wanderings have led him to hike and explore the vast trails of the High Uinta Wilderness, Wind River Range, and the Frank Church Wilderness in Utah, Wyoming, and Idaho respectively. Sven spent 8 years with a county Search and Rescue team in Northern Utah. His training includes man tracking, wilderness survival, backcountry, cave, and high angle rescue. Whether hiking in National Parks with family, rising up to 13,527 feet elevation of Kings Peak, or dipping nearly a mile below the rim to cross the Grand Canyon, he is always ready for the next adventure!

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