The Neso Grande is a unique addition to this review as its sole function is that of a beach tent. Its four anchors are intended to be filled with sand, relying upon the two aluminum poles to provide the structure for the tent. Weighing in under seven pounds, this is the lightest and easiest beach tent to transport as well as set up. Though due to its lightweight and lack of a skeleton, it also has the most issues when it comes to the wind. For a better tent for general beach and occasional camping use, check out our Top Pick winner, the Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter.
Neso Grande Review
Compare prices at 2 resellers Pros: Lightweight, easy to setup, easy to transport, sun-protection
Cons: Only for beach, little head room, bad in wind
Manufacturer: Neso Tents
Compare to Similar Products
Our Analysis and Test Results
With two poles measuring 6ft 11in, the entrance to this shelter will allow access for the tallest of your friends. However, the height drops drastically due to the sloped nature of the shelter. Primarily designed to lie under, the Neso Grande does not provide an area for standing. This tent does provide exceptional shade protection because it can be angled in a way that provides maximum shelter from the sun. In a traditional sense, this tent has low livability. But in a beach setting, where most users will be sitting or laying down, this design makes more sense, and spending time under it is more enjoyable.
Ease of Setup
With only two poles and four anchor spots, this is one of the easiest tents to set up. Once the anchor point is filled with sand, the two poles are erected in the front and held in place by the tension created by the anchors. One person can easily set this tent up and modify its direction since there are only two poles and tension to create the shape. With that being said, due to the lack of structure, this tent becomes a kite in the wind and requires constant diligence on a windy day. While the sand anchors will keep the tent from flying away, the constant billowing of the material sometimes knocked loose one or both of the front poles leaving us with a glorified blanket.
This shelter performed poorly when it came to windy conditions. Due to its unique design, there is little structural support, which allows it to billow when the wind hits it. The sandbags will keep the shelter from completely flying away, but you will be hard pressed to keep the two poles anchored when the fabric is wrenching free. Our testers reserved this shelter for fair weather beach days.
The Neso Grande uses a blend of Lycra and Nylon which makes the fabric both durable and elastic as well as water resistant and UPF 50+. The two front poles are made of aluminum which makes the lightweight and they are thick enough that they are durable and don't seem susceptible to bending. Each corner is reinforced to grant extra protection from tearing, however after the second use in the wind, a small tear was noticeable where this reinforced corner meets the fabric.
At a low weight (6 lbs 14 oz) and a small packed size, the Neso Grande is as portable as canopies get. The carrying case also has a shoulder strap which makes the tent feel like incredibly light during transportation. The case also has a small pocket for drinks or whatever else you want to bring with you to the beach. The low weight and bag construction make it easy to carry if you have to bike, board or walk to your desired destination.
The Neso Grande is designed with the beach in mind — it relies primarily on the sand for its four anchors, and offers no standing overhead space for average adult height. One or two people can fit comfortably and receive amazing protection from the sun. Calm days laying about on the beach is what this tent is truly designed for.
At a $125 price point, this is an affordable shelter if what you're looking for is a portable beach tent for mellow days.
As a beach tent, the Neso Grande is a unique concept that under the right conditions (little wind) performs admirably. Thanks to the steep slope, this tent offers the most sun protection. It's also the lightest and easiest to set up. It doesn't, however, provide standing room, so its best use is for one or two people lying on the beach hoping for a respite from the sun. For a universal shelter, we recommend the Big Agnes Three Forks.
— Michael Wood