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NEMO Galaxi 2 Review
Cons: Heavy, large pack size
Bottom line: A heavy but luxurious tent for camping and short backpacking trips.
The NEMO Galaxi is a quality tent for a great price. It's a great choice for any activity you want a spacious, durable tent for, but don't necessarily have to carry it far - like a short backpack or canoe trips. It has lots of luxury features, but is on the heavy side of our backpacking tent selection.
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Our Analysis and Hands-on Test Results
The Galaxi has lots of little luxury features for you to discover. We are pleasantly surprised at how it performs in the comfort department, but flabbergasted at how heavy it is when we pick it up.
Analysis and Test Results
The Galaxi is an incredibly roomy and comfortable product. It has nice, thoughtful features like light diffuser pockets, zipper vents, magtie door tie and has an included footprint. It even has little arrow tags to point out these special features incase you miss one! The Galaxi is the second largest in this review after the REI Half Dome 2+ and gives it a run for its money in this category. We like its spacious interior and roomy vestibules.
We wish the door themselves were a little larger. The vestibule openings are slightly small and low, and it is difficult to zip the vestibule up from inside without leaning way out. The interior door has two zippers which adds a step when closing the door — and we found these doors to be quite small as well. We prefer how the Half Dome's zipper zips almost all the way around the door! The North Face Stormbreak 2 has huge vestibule and interior doors that completely unzip so you can easily load it up with stuff.
This contender kept us dry in downpours and held strong in high winds. We wish that the fly had grommets at the top of the cross pole in the fly like on the REI Quarter Dome 2 to make sure the fly stays in the right orientation and protects it from abrading on the pole when windy. The Hilleberg Anjan 2 is the most storm worthy of all the tents we tested.
Weight and Packed Size
We are disappointed in the Galaxi in this department. It is the 2nd heaviest tent in this review after the Stormbreak, at 5lbs 3.4 ounces, and this weight does not include the footprint, which weighs 8.6 ounces itself. Once we took the Galaxi out of its stuff sack, we could no longer get everything back in and had to keep the poles and footprint out of its bag. It does have a slightly better space to weight ratio than the Half Dome at .65, versus the Half Dome 2+'s .63. The lightest tent in this review is the feather weight Big Agnes Flycreek HV UL2.
The pole design has a single hubbed point that all the poles attach to, similar to the REI Half Dome 2+. Once you figure out its orientation it is straightforward and easy to set up. The easiest tent to set up we tested was the REI Passage 2.
With the heavy materials comes durability. It has heavy 68D and 70D for its fly and floor materials respectively. As with any PU coated product like the Passage and the Stormbreak expect the material to eventually degrade (see Buying Advice for more info on this), but with proper care and storage this tent should last you a long time.
The heaviest tent in this review, we would not want to carry the Galaxi around for too long, but it is a great choice for car camping, paddling trips or short overnight adventures.
The Galaxi is a great value at $250. We were pleasantly surprised at the price of this tent, especially because it comes with a footprint, which is usually sold separately. We think the Half Dome 2+ is a slightly better value at $220 for a bit more space and durability — but it doesn't come with a footprint! The Galaxi has many luxury features that makes the price a bargain.
The Galaxi is the Cadillac of this tent review; it is a big heavy boat, but with plenty of luxury features. It is giving the REI Half Dome 2+ a run for its money. Almost as durable but slightly more expensive, it arguably has just as many features or more with its included footprint. Slightly lighter, but slightly smaller dimensions (8 inches shorter and 2 inches narrower), the Galaxi has a slightly better space to weight ratio - .65 versus the Half Dome 2+'s .63.
— Jessica Haist
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