We reach for the NEMO Galaxi 2 when we need a quality tent for any activity where we want a spacious and durable shelter that we don't have to carry over long distances. It is a comfortable, durable tent at a great price. It has a handful of nice luxury features as well that make it stand apart from the competition. It is a real boat on your back, so if lightweight is your priority, you should check out almost anything else, but for first-time campers or those who like to live in luxury in the outdoors, this one may just be right for you.
NEMO Galaxi 2 Review
Cons: Heavy, large pack size
Our Analysis and Test Results
We loved testing out this tent. It offers plenty of space with a few luxury features, like a star-gazing, retractable fly and an included footprint.
The Galaxi is comfortable, easy to set up, durable, and stands up well to bad weather. It's a heavy, bulky tent, and so scores lower in the weight and packed size metrics.
This tent is an incredibly roomy and comfortable model. It has a pre-bent pole structure, which means that it sets up with vertical walls, maximizing interior space. It has two side doors that are unusually shaped. We think that they are a little on the small side compared to some award-winning tents. They are also opposed from each other, the implication being that sleepers are meant to orient head-to-toe. On the plus side, their shape makes it easy to zip and unzip with one hand.
It has two generous 11 sq. ft. vestibules which offer plenty of space of a pack and footwear (though they extend at a long, low angle, so zipping them can be a little bit of a pain if you're already tucked into your bag). It also has a handful of thoughtful features like overhead light diffuser pockets, fly zipper vents, and a magnetic door tie, which allows you to pull back the door and fasten it with one hand. It also comes with an included footprint, which is a rarity among backpacking tents.
The tent doesn't really have privacy panels, but the bathtub floor does extend up a bit further at the head and foot ends. The two side pockets aren't quite as expansive as in other models, but we rarely felt that we needed more storage space than it had.
Ease of Set Up
The single hubbed-pole design makes the Galaxi easy to set up. Because of all of the 'legs' moving around at the same time, it is easier to set up with two people, but one person can do it fairly easily as well. The fly attaches with grommets to the four main corners of the poles, just like the tent body does.
Between the tent, fly and footprint, there are three grommets to try and fit at the corner of each pole. It's a tight fit to get them all on there at the same time.
This contender kept us dry in downpours and held strong in high winds. This tent performed well where many fail because the waterproof floor extends fairly high up the sides of the walls, guarding against splashback.
There are no separate dedicated vents for condensation, but there are props on each side of the fly that allow you to unzip the vestibule in order to facilitate airflow without opening it up (too much) to the elements.
As noted above, the vestibules extend at a long, low angle, so if the fly is already wet, you can count on getting your arm and top of your head wet too. However, once you are safely tucked inside the fortress, it should keep you dry through the night.
If the forecast is nice, you can always roll back the fly halfway to really get some air circulating while also looking up at the stars.
This tent is awfully heavy, but in this case, that also comes with increased durability. It has a 68 denier (D) ripstop fly and 75D floor. Also included is a custom-fit footprint for added abrasion resistance to protect the bottom of the tent.
As with any PU coated product, we would eventually expect the material to degrade (see our Buying Advice for more info on this). However, with proper care and storage, this tent should last a long time. This tent has some minor faults, but durability isn't one of them.
Weight & Packed Size
The Galaxi really tips the scales. It's a hefty 6 lbs. 1 oz. At this weight, it's certainly not meant for longer backpacking trips, even split between two people.
Its thicker, durable fabrics also take up way more space when they are stuffed in a pack. With a 19"x8" packed size, you should count on bringing a high-volume backpack.
The Galaxi is a great value. We are pleasantly surprised by the price of this tent. There are comparable tents at the price point, but few come with a footprint like this one does. The Galaxi has many luxury features that mean the price is right if you're looking for a solid, general use tent.
The Galaxi is the Cadillac of this tent review; it is a big heavy boat with enough useful extras that make the oohs and aahs last beyond the first pitch. We wouldn't want to take it deep into the backcountry, even with two people, but for car camping or paddling adventures, it's hard to top this model.
— Jessica Haist and Jess McGlothlin