Today’s tent manufacturers continue to develop lighter weight tents that are increasingly usable. The Nemo Veda 2P has seemed to hit the mark.
Designed as a two-person ultralight single wall tent, the Nemo Veda 2P uses 2 pairs of hiking poles to set up. However, as you’ll read in this post, you can use this tent alone with an easy fix. The tent manufacturer states a minimum weight of 2 lbs. 14 oz. (our weighed in at a bit over 3 lbs) The floor space is generous at 96 x 53 inches (35 square feet).
Along with two vestibules which add another 23 square feet of storage space, you’ll have lots of room to stash your gear.
With a peak height if 42 inches and two doors, moving around and getting in and out of the Nemo Veda 2P is easy. The only downside for some campers is that it is not freestanding, but this is expected given its design.
Setting the Nemo Veda 2P up
Erecting the Nemo Veda 2P is easy once you have done it once or twice.
What you’ll need is your tent, stakes, 4 hiking poles, and a footprint.
Laying the body of the tent on the footprint and staking out the corners is the first step. Once this is done you can get your poles set in the grommets and the handles in the reinforced areas at the top of the tent. The pole facing the rear of the tent has a velcro strap to help secure the handle. Adjust your poles for tightness. Once you have your poles set, stake the vestibules tent out.
We found using additional guylines at the sides and the rear of the tent helped with stability and interior space. The tent comes with 6 stakes, we have added 3 to 6 depending on the weather forecast. With the extra guylines out the Veda 2P performed well in high gusty wind (25 mph+) camping in the Catskills.
The Veda 2P offers two large screen wall/doors on each side of the tent. The ventilation is outstanding, in fact, on chilly nights it may be too much. Attempting to get the vestibule lower to the ground will help, but the tents design makes this somewhat difficult. You can roll up both the door and rear cover to the vestibule and expose the entire screen for unobstructed air flow or stargazing. Zippers work well and do not snag. When the vestibule is closed you can open the small vent at the top of the door, but with the amount of air that enters under the vestibule you won’t need to. The tent has two small storage pockets on each side. One located near the bottom of the poles and another near the peak of the tent.
On our outings in the normally damp Catskills, we have not had a major problem with condensation, which is outstanding for a single wall tent.
Using four hiking poles as part of its set-up surely makes this a two person tent. However, we have used two poles to set it up and had it remain stable. Instead of using the rear facing poles we guyed the back points to trees which provided lift for interior space without losing tent stability.
One last touch is the Veda 2p stuff/compression sack, which saves space in your pack.
This tent exceeded our expectations. We expected condensation as it is being a single wall tent. So far it has been minimal. The Veda 2p interior room is almost extravagant and the storage in the vestibules makes this space even more open. The demonstrated stability in high wind has also impressed us. We simply like the Veda 2p. A well thought out and made tent.