NEMO Dagger 2 Review

Our Verdict

The NEMO Dagger 2 was designed to provide all the features that any backpacker wants. It comes with comfort features without the added heft that other models have.

It is made of lightweight yet surprisingly durable fabric. The spacious vestibules are extended to provide more living or storage space. The tent is a perfect shelter during long hiking trips in the wild. The overall quality ensures that you get to enjoy its features for a long time.

Specs

NEMO Dagger 2
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Packed Weight3 lbs. 14 oz.
Floor Area31.3 square feet
Packed Size6.5 x 19.5 inches
Dimensions90 x 50 inches
Peak Height42 inches
Number of Doors 2
Number of Poles1
Rain Fly Material15-denier silicone/polyurethane-coated ripstop nylon
Inner Tent Material15-denier ripstop nylon/no-see-um mesh
Price Range$$$
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Review

The NEMO Dagger 2 is a fan favorite, and rightly so. Its design, features, and quality make it a great investment for casual and expert adventurers alike.

Comfort

If you are a tall fellow, you know how difficult it is to find a tent that accommodates you comfortably. At 90 inches in length, the Dagger 2 is an extra tall backpacker tent that will fit you well.

The privacy panels are well-made and offer extra protection when the fly is not up. The mesh is carefully designed as well. The white sides add a bit more privacy, while the black top ensures clear stargazing.

The vestibules feature clever designs too. The trapezoidal shape provides massive space for gear storage and more. The mesh pockets at each end offer space for personal things such as clothing, phones, or a book.

It also comes with overhead lift diffuser pockets. Made of opaque white fabric, the pocket creates a pleasant soft glow from a headlamp. This makes reading much more enjoyable.

The pre-bent poles maximize the volume and space inside the tent. Instead of peaking at one spot in the middle, it creates a roomy dome that makes sitting up easier and comfortable.

The two doors make entry and exit more efficient as well. However, unlike the traditional D-shaped ones, these are slightly smaller and relatively harder to open with one hand. Note that they open in opposite directions, which suggests that sleepers should lie head-to-toe.

Ease of Setup

The NEMO Dagger 2 comes with a single, hubbed pole structure to make setup faster. The poles and tent do not have a specific “head” or “foot” area, which makes orientation fast.

The webbing at the corners, as well as the ones around the clips, are color-coded. This makes it easy to match where things should go. The poles have a ball at the tips, which “clicks” into the sockets at the corner of the tent.

Its fly comes with four broad hooks as well, which clips easily in place. The corners are brightly colored, and the takes have reflective cords. This ensures that you are not tripping your way around the tent at night.

However, be mindful of the pole structure when setting up. It is long and gangly, which may be relatively hard to handle. But, anyone with experience setting up tents should be able to assemble the Dagger 2 in just a couple of minutes.

Weather Resistance

The tent can surprisingly withstand wind even with its shape. The four stakes, two on each vestibule, anchor the tent well. They also reduce the flapping of the fly when there’s a gust.

Additionally, the fly runs quite low to the ground. While the tent suffers from a bit of splashback, the bathtub floor prevents the interior from getting wet. It also helps keep moisture from coming in.

Also, the fly vent is supported by struts which means you can keep the fly unzipped during light rain.

Durability

The floor is made of 30D ripstop nylon, which can stand up to typical use in the wild. It features well-sealed seams to ensure minimal leakage. The corners are highly reinforced as well.

The Dagger 2 also comes with stakes that are sturdier than its siblings in the NEMO line. They are strong enough to last for years to come.

Weight and Packed Size

At only about 3 pounds and 14 ounces, the tent is one of the lightest three-season, two-person tents around. That already comes with stakes, fly, stuff sacks, and the body itself. The weight is especially impressive as it comes with numerous features.

The durable sleeping gear clocks in at 19.5 inches by 6.5 inches when packed. Just like other NEMO models, it comes with Divvy Sack—a drawstring stuff sack. This makes dividing the weight with your companions much easier.

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pros
What we liked
  • The NEMO Dagger 2 is a great candidate for your go-to backpacking tent with its features and lightweight build.
  • The interior is roomy with its unique build.
  • Its large vestibules offer more than enough living and storage spaces.
  • Great balance of durable and lightweight materials.
  • It is easy to set up even when you are alone.
cons
What we didn't like
  • The doors are relatively small.
  • The zippers snag sometimes.