Neso Tent Review - Best Beach Tents

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The best thing about the Neso beach tent is it’s so easy to carry.

It weighs only 1.8 kg and folds into a small bundle. It’s also fairly simple to set up and super quick to disassemble.

Read our review below to find out more and see if it's worth it enough for you to buy. 

Neso Tent: Super Easy to Carry and Set Up

If you have carried cumbersome umbrellas or tents in the past, you know how annoying that is. Especially if you have to walk a fair distance to the beach with kids in tow.

So if you're like me, you may sometimes refrain from taking any shade to the beach to avoid the hassle. The problem with not having shade at the beach is you can’t stay very long. Not under the hot Australian sun.

When I learned about the Neso tent, I hoped it would solve this problem.

Imagine... having a beach tent so light and compact that you’d want to take it to the beach every time. 

After reading many reviews, I doubted the Neso's ability to withstand strong wind. Still, I bought the tent anyway to check it out.

So here's what we found:

We tested the tent during high winds, of course. 

On one occasion, wind gusts reached 41 km/hr. We set it up following the exact instructions in the video (below).

To my surprise, the Neso tent performed better than I expected. It stood up perfectly well (we took the photo above on that very windy day).

Since then, we've used the tent countless times.

To avoid any problems with the wind, you must set it up according to the exact instructions. Otherwise, it will collapse.

Setting up the tent the first few times is a slight learning curve, but it gets easier.

Follow the steps below:

  • Place your tent facing the wind
  • Completely fill the bags with sand until they’re the size of a volleyball
  • Pull the bags away from each other to make a big X and stretch the fabric until taut
  • Completely bury the bags in the sand
  • Place the two poles at the front corners and angle slightly

Watch this video to see how it’s done...

You have to be a bit meticulous when setting up the Neso tent.

I can't stress enough how important it is to stretch the fabric tight and bury the four bags completely in the sand if there's the slightest wind. 

Set up is easy, but not instant like a pop-up tent. Disassembling the Neso tent though is a breeze – empty the sand from the bags, fold the two poles, fold the canopy and stuff everything back into the bag. That's it.

The carry bag has a strap that comes in handy: slide it over your shoulder and use your free hands to transport other stuff. 

Is the Neso Tent Worth the Money?

As I said, the best thing about this beach canopy is it's lightweight and so easy to carry. It weighs 1.8 kg, so you can easily stuff it into the carry bag that you slide over your shoulder.

The Neso Tent is very easy to carryThe Neso Tent is very easy to carry

It’s designed for people who travel a lot, walk a fair distance to the beach or have to carry a lot of stuff. 

We've now had this beach shelter for quite a long time, and to this day, it's the one we've used the most because we often walk to the beach while transporting lots of stuff.

I really like my Neso beach tent. 

One drawback for some is it takes up a lot of space on the beach, so it may not be so good on a crowded beach.

And it won’t work so well if the wind constantly changes direction because the tent has to be set up facing the wind. 

The tent comes with two lightweight folding poles, a stretchy canopy fabric, four bags attached to the canopy by a rope and the carry bag with the strap. 

You get decent shade underneath the canopy and excellent protection from the sun rays (UPF 50+).

The sandbags are entirely buried in sand to stabilise the tent in strong wind.

The canopy is water-resistant – a few raindrops will keep you dry but not a downpour.

Ours is still in perfect condition. The material is of excellent quality and durable. The corners are reinforced to prevent the poles from damaging the fabric.

The Neso tent is not cheap. But for families spending a lot of time at the beach and carrying a lot of stuff, it's worth the purchase.

What We Like and Don't Like

What we like: 

  • Super lightweight, compact and easy to carry
  • Easy to disassemble
  • Stands up well in the wind when set up correctly
  • Provides adequate shade (UPF 50+)
  • Looks sleek

What we don't like:

  • A bit expensive
  • A bit fiddly to set up meticulously to withstand the wind
  • Takes a lot of space on the beach
  • Tends to collapse when the wind changes direction (but you can quickly reposition the poles to face the wind)

Which Size to Choose

The Neso sunshade comes in two different sizes:

The Neso tent fits about two to three people. It measures 201w x 203d x 168h cm and weighs 1.8 kg.

The Neso Grande fits about four people. It measures 280w x 280d x 210h cm and weighs 3 kg. 

Verdict

The Neso Tent is great for people who like to travel light. It weighs 1.8 kg and you can carry it over your shoulder. 

It stands up in the wind if set up correctly.

Set up is easy, but you must be meticulous and follow the steps. Disassembling is a breeze.

It's like an umbrella, but unlike an umbrella, the Neso sunshade won’t go flying away with a gust of wind. And it provides better shade.

The Neso tent may not be the best option for use on a crowded beach and in shifting wind conditions.

>> Click here to check the price of the Neso Tent for 2 people  

>> Click here to check the price of the Neso Grande for 4 people 

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