Steve’s Tent Solution

Nemo Obi tent 01The view from my sleeping bag, out the entrance of my NEMO Obi 1 person tent

NEMO Obi ultra light tent

I have used a  number of tents over the years of my adult life, and each one fit the activity I was doing at the time. As a trike hobo, I pedal myself over the landscapes of this planet with a minimal amount of cargo, simply because weight makes my treks much more difficult. Fast and light are my two watchwords as an overland triker, and I have finally reached a tenting solution that meets my needs perfectly! No longer will I pedal the planet overloaded with heavy cargo!

Nemo Obi ICEThe NEMO Obi 1 next to the trike, for sizing comparison – makes for great wild stealth camps.

The NEMO (New England Mountaineering) company makes a variety of fine tents, that routinely rank at the top of backpacking reviews in magazines and on forums. For a single person on an adventure, they manufacture an ultra light one-person tent that sets up and breaks down in record time, and with unbelievable simplicity and ease! The NEMO Obi 1P (one person) is my tent of choice, a true “keeper” if I ever have had one. The Obi has been on my team since 2011, and I recommend it without reservation if you seek the maximum ultra light and small tenting option.

Click HERE to visit the NEMO Obi webpage directly.

Of course, the small size does not allow for much in the way of gear to be stowed inside at night. If you wish to keep your gear within arm’s reach, you must stow it in the vestibule area. I keep my cargo on the trike, with the rear of the trike right next to the tent’s door (see photo above) – close enough to easily monitor as necessary. I also place a little bear bell on my flag pole, so if a critter messes with my trike at night, the bell awakens me quickly. My food is stored in odor proof bags, so animals don’t even know it’s there in my panniers (this is my one concession to use this tent, as I used to bring my bags inside my older, larger, and heavier tents.

This tent maximizes ventilation with mesh, so condensation is a thing of the past. It is not a four season tent, but will do the job most of the time for trike tourers, who attempt, whenever possible, to pedal cross country in the driest weather they can find. The fly sheds water well, and does not contact the tent, so no moisture is transferred into the tent. Please visit the NEMO Obi website page for further information. This is a true minimalist’s tent, perfect for sleeping and shelter, but not much else.

ICE Gypsy CampMy NEMO Obi tent and trike camped at Big Sur on the California coast.

For more photos of this tent on the road, click HERE.

FROM THE NEMO WEBSITE:

The Obi™ tents are the black belt martial artists of our lineup. They are finely tuned instruments, with not one ounce of material wasted, every feature and detail driven by purpose and strategy. Subtly moving the front pole hub overhead gives the pole skeleton shoulders, creating more interior volume without the need for an additional ridge pole. A raised waterproof tub floor allows cutouts in the fly to save significant weight while improving ventilation. Obi™ 1P includes a vestibule perfectly sized for tucking in your pack and shoes at night and large side vent to keep a cross flow of air.

NEMO Obi tentObi 1P dimensions

Obi 1 Details:

Capacity: 1P
Minimum Weight: 2 lbs, 11 oz / 1.2 kg
On the Fly Weight: 1 lbs, 15 oz / 900 g
Trail Weigh:t 3 lbs, 3 oz / 1.5 kg
Floor Dimensions: 87 x 39 in / 221 x 99 cm
Floor Area: 21 sq ft / 2.0 sq m
Vestibule Area: 9 sq ft / 0.8 sq m
Interior Height: 40 in / 102 cm
Number of Doors: 1
Frame Description: 1 DAC 8.5 mm Featherlite NSL
Packed Size: 6.5 x 6 in / 16 x15 cm (17 in / 43 cm Pole Bag)
Shell Fabric: N/A
Vestibule Fabric: 20D PU Nylon Ripstop
Fly Fabric: 20D PU Nylon Ripstop
Canopy Fabric: No-see-um Mesh / 20D PU Nylon
Floor Fabric: 30D PU Nylon Ripstop
Color: Birch Leaf Green

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NEMO Obi tent 01 NEMO Obi tent 02 NEMO Obi tent 03 NEMO Obi tent 04 NEMO Obi tent 05

Capacity 1P
Minimum Weight 2 lbs, 11 oz / 1.2 kg
On the Fly Weight 1 lbs, 15 oz / 900 g
Trail Weight 3 lbs, 3 oz / 1.5 kg
Floor Dimensions 87 x 39 in / 221 x 99 cm
Floor Area 21 sq ft / 2.0 sq m
Vestibule Area 9 sq ft / 0.8 sq m
Interior Height 40 in / 102 cm
Number of Doors 1
Frame Description 1 DAC 8.5 mm Featherlite NSL
Packed Size 6.5 x 6 in / 16 x15 cm (17 in / 43 cm Pole Bag)
Shell Fabric N/A
Vestibule Fabric 20D PU Nylon Ripstop
Fly Fabric 20D PU Nylon Ripstop
Canopy Fabric No-see-um Mesh / 20D PU Nylon
Floor Fabric 30D PU Nylon Ripstop
Color Birch Leaf Green

– See more at: http://www.nemoequipment.com/product/?p=Obi+1P#sthash.kwjP1Fw5.dpuf

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PHOTOS FROM THE 2013 PACIFIC COAST TRICYCLE ADVENTURE:

PCTA Raccoon InvasionNemo Obi tent 04

Nemo Obi tent 02 Nemo Obi tent 03Nemo Obi tent 05 Nemo Obi tent 06 Nemo Obi tent 07

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2 Responses to Steve’s Tent Solution

  1. kohl says:

    Hey great site, I have been reading just a small amount so far but like your rhetoric and content, have you thought of a camping hammock. I purchased one a year ago for a stint of urban camping and it was a dream if not a little cold in the winter, it weighs right around 2-3 pounds and takes up about the space of a liter of water or half gallon jug you buy at the store, and after a hard days riding when you get in and it sways back and forth, nothing can compare to it, I would highly recomend to give it a try my particular brand is a hennesy hammock.

  2. Trike Hobo says:

    Hi Kohl,

    Yes, I have thought about a hammock. On my Pacific Coast ride in 2013, there was a biking gal who used one of those, and we all had to gather around her to find out how she liked it. Just like you, she was sold on the idea. Fortunately, the campgrounds were in forested settings so there were always trees to which she could attach the ends. I also like the idea that you are up off the ground, yet wonder if it might be colder with just air underneath the sleeping bag rather than ground, which retains warmth. What about camping in the desert, or alongside a road in a turnout (as I sometimes do), where there are no means to attach the ends?

    steve

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