If your going to build out a “Bug Out Bag” for a survival retreat then you may as well throw in an emergency shelter of some type.
Yes; you can use a tarp and rough it for a while – maybe. But if your serious about providing good shelter for you and your family when the #$@% hits the fan – then read on..
Snugpak Ionosphere 1 Person Tent review by JJ
I am a Infantry Squad Leader in the U.S Army. We spend a lot of time in the woods, sleeping under ponchos. I bought the Snugpak Ionosphere 1 Person Tent over a year ago because I was tired of sleeping in the rain.
This was the best investment that I have made in my 11 years in the Infantry. It has been tough enough to withstand multiple long term field exercises in austere conditions.
We went to the field this weekend and experienced three days of constant rain. My sleeping bag stayed dry the entire time.
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Rothco Camouflage 2-Man Trail TentThe size of the tent is great and the weight is almost not noticeable. The carry case is good and the tent fits in nicely. No forcing. The tent floor is water proof. The tent poles work, light weight and have spring loaded locking clamps to help aid in keeping the poles together.
The top of the tent appears to be thin nylon, not sure how water proof it would be. It did drizzle rain for about an hour when I first used the tent and the inside was dry. If it rained for long periods of time or heavy rains may need a poncho on top (my opion). The inside for two people just fits and there is no room for any gear but boots will fit inside down by the doors. Def a good tent for an overnite, but no more than a few days.
Mountainsmith Morrison 2 Person 3 Season Tent) review by Joe: I recently started backpacking again after a brief hiatus (3 kids) and realized I needed to update some of my gear. One piece of which was to replace my 22 year old Moss two person 4 season tent (12 lbs). I narrowed my selection down to 4 tent brands (Big Agnes, Sierra Design, MSR and REI) based on size, weight and price. I came across the Morrison tent as a suggested option from Amazon and the sale price caught my eye. I have bought Mountainsmith gear in the past and always liked their quality.
Looking at online reviews (found about 40-50, Backpacker Magazine called it the “killer deal for 2011”), most people were very positive about it. Photos and specs gave the impression that it was constructed equivalent to other brands and wasn’t a bargain basement, off-brand, big box store cheapo tent. The tent comes in at 4 lb 11 oz, which is about 3/4 lb more than the Big Agnes Copper Spur ($400-$500) and a little less than a half pound more than the REI Quarter Dome ($190) and Sierra Design HT ($279).
#7 BLACK DIAMOND
Black Diamond Floorless Mega Light Tent review by Nick: This is the lightest, strongest, most comfortable tent I’ve ever used. On several trips now the wind has been so strong as to flatten all the other tents around.
You do have to guy out the corners very well, but once set up this shelter provides an awesome amount of room and comfort, and is way more packable than others. I also have the floor and bug shelter to go with it, but only pull those out for low-land trips in bug season. I have 2 other tents, including a Mtn Hardware Trango 2 and Sierra Designs Meteorlight 3d, but don’t think I’ll ever use them again.
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Alpinismo 4 Season Tent with Aluminum Poles review by Linux: This keeps the wind out in the winter, the vestibules are huge on this thing, and it’s small enough for backpacking (for 2 to fit in, and 1 to carry.)
I don’t think I could find anything else that appears to be this quality for this price. And I have tried it in the winter around 0 degrees F, and it did a wonderful job. The inside of the tent warmed up just because of our breathing in less than a 1/2 hour to somewhere near room temp or a little colder. I’ll post pictures when I can find where I put them!
GoLite Shangri-La 8+ Nest Night Mesh One Size review by Eric: During my trips up Raineer, I learned that the Shangri-La 2 pitched best if I first squared and anchored the four corners with something like a ski pole or ice axe, and then used adjustable ski poles for the two center supports.
I also got in the habit of making sure I had really good anchors for the lines running from the top of the tent for stablity. I added my own cord to most of the guy lines above ground level, and added small loops of cord to the attachment points at ground level that did not already have these sewn on.
#4 SNUGPACK SCORPION 3
Snugpak Tent Scorpion 3 – I wanted a stealthy tent for backpacking/camping.
Was considering this Snugpak Scorpion3, Snugpak Bunker, and the US Marine Combat tent.
All 3 are roughly $300 and do about the same thing. During a cold snowing day I camped out with this gear:
Kelty Grand Mesa 2 Backpacking 2 Person Tentreview by LadyB: As a first-time backpacker/camper, I bought this tent based on customer reviews for last year’s model. I have to say,
I could not be more pleased with how easy this tent was to set up. I set this tent up in 5-10 minutes after a very quick skim of the instructions — and I had never set a tent up in my life. It’s literally two poles and a few color-coded clips and, voila! I was one of the first out of 20 in camp to have my tent up, and this includes a few veteran campers.
Eureka! Apex 2XT – Tent (sleeps 2)Eureka Apex 2 tent review by Ultrarider:
After researching literally dozens of tents that I could take on a motorcycle trip, I chose this one. Took it into the mountains in June for 8-days of traveling around, and encountered a number of night storms. Didn’t leak at all.
Setup is a breeze for one person, takes about 5 minutes…can do it in less time if it’s raining and you hurry. The dual vestibules are very nice, great place to put your boots and gear to get them out of the weather. Plenty of ventilation, and didn’t have any problem with condensation inside. Keeps the bugs out just fine.
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MSR Fury Tent review by Mike:
I have had this tent since this newer generation Fury 2 was released. I love it for many reasons.. This is a key part of my system, I sleep great in any situation within the Four seasons (with proper gear of course).. I’ve used this mostly in Fall or Winter. 0 degrees and Snow, or Pouring rain. no problems so far. It vents well. I love how the rain fly cinches up and clips in. The tent sets up fast. There’s enough storage for my items inside the tent.
The vestibule is a little small but it holds my pack and boots before bed. If i sleep in the Snow i line the tent floor with a nice heavy wool blanket and insulated inflatable sleeping roll. and warm base layers… The Tent will keep you dry and secure feeling i promise you that.. Watch your buddies gear fail around you as the years go by, Yours won’t! Bet your comfort on this tent. I have nothing bad to say about this tent other than its a little small but this is a backpacking tent and that’s why i bought it. Light and portable and can take a piss load of weather and keep on trucking. I just used it last week on a fishing trip in Iowa.
Questions from our readers online.
Question: I am looking for a new survival tent – What are the top 10 tents for survival? Check out the info and reviews above.
Question: If you had to pick between a tarp vs survival tent – which would you choose. I would pick a lightweight survival tent over a tarp any day.
Question: Do you have any user reviews for the snugpak ionosphere? Yes; check out the reviews for the Snugpak Ionosphere tent above.
Question: Do you have a small /little bug out shelter with adjustable pole? Yes; check out several of the small bug out tents above that have adjustable poles.
Question: What is the best bug out bag two person tent? Check out the reviews above as we have some good reviews on bug out bag survival tents.
Question: What is the best family survival tent for a bug out bag? We like the tents like the Coleman Montana 8 Tent as they are basic but good.
Question: Is the Sierra Designs ASP 3 person tent a good bug out survival tent? Yes; the Sierra Designs ASP is light weight and sturdy so that would be the first thing to check. The Sierra Designs Flash 3-Person Tent is also another good bug out tent for more than one person.
Question: Do you have any reviews for the Mountainsmith Morrison 2 tent? Yes; check out the video and reviews above on the Mountainsmith tent.
Question: What do you rank as one of the best survival tent values? I like the MSR Fury tent as a go to survival tent.
Question: What about the snugpak bunker vs scorpion 3? Both are good tents and we checked them out at a recent trade show. The Bunker retails at $228 and has 2 doors. The Scorpion is $262 and has one door and three vents.
Question: What about core equipment company tent with h2o block technology?
Question: Do you have a review for the eureka bugout shelter? We are working on that now.
Question: How can I find out more info on the Outdoor Alliance? Check out there website here: