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Tadpole 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

The North Face Tadpole 2 Tent: 2-Person 3-Season

$288.95

Copper Canyon 6 Tent: 6-Person 3-Season

Eureka Copper Canyon 6 Tent: 6-Person 3-Season

$249.90

Andes South Col II Bivy

Rab Andes South Col II Bivy

$299.95

Guardian Bug Net

Eagles Nest Outfitters Guardian Bug Net

$59.95

5 5 (9)

Nylon Ground Cloth

Rab Nylon Ground Cloth

from $21.95

Tadpole 2 Footprint

The North Face Tadpole 2 Footprint

$34.95

Beta Bug Shelter

Black Diamond Beta Bug Shelter

$139.95

5 5 (4)

Paracord 550

Ultimate Survival Technologies Paracord 550

$4.95

Net Cocoon

Hammock Bliss Net Cocoon

$63.95

Hubba NX Footprint

MSR Hubba NX Footprint

$39.95

Mica 1 Footprint

The North Face Mica 1 Footprint

$49.95

Mega Bug Shelter

Black Diamond Mega Bug Shelter

$269.95

4 5 (5)

Fitzroy Tent Footprint

Black Diamond Fitzroy Tent Footprint

$49.95

5 5 (1)

ProFly Rain Tarp

Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp

$79.95

5 5 (21)

Jack Rabbit SL Footprint

Big Agnes Jack Rabbit SL Footprint

$49.95

A-Frame Backpacking Gear Loft

Eureka A-Frame Backpacking Gear Loft

$14.95

S-Biner 3-Pack

Nite Ize S-Biner 3-Pack

$7.85

4 5 (2)

Mesa Footprint

Black Diamond Mesa Footprint

$44.95

Papa Hubba NX Footprint

MSR Papa Hubba NX Footprint

$59.95

Mutha Hubba NX Footprint

MSR Mutha Hubba NX Footprint

$49.95

Vista Footprint

Black Diamond Vista Footprint

$44.95

5 5 (2)

Mira I Footprint

Exped Mira I Footprint

$48.95

Stormtrack Footprint

Black Diamond Stormtrack Footprint

$44.95

Element 2 Ground Cloth

Rab Element 2 Ground Cloth

$44.95

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Choosing Tents and Shelters

Helter Shelter

 

'Sleeping under the stars' has a nice ring to it, but it has drawbacks. Unless the weather is perfect and the bugs are non-existent, you'll want the shelter of a tent when you sleep outdoors. There are a lot of tents out there ranging from primitive lean-tos that provide cover from rain, all the way to huge, structured shelters meant to withstand gale-force winds on Everest. Choosing the right tent requires you to consider the type of trips you will be taking (i.e. backpacking vs. car camping), the season and environment in which you'll be camping, and the conditions you'll face.

Bivy Sacks:

Bivy sacks and tarps are extremely lightweight, compact shelters preferred by mountaineers, climbers, and minimalist backpackers who need shelter but want to conserve as much space and weight as possible.

3-Season Tents:

For most campers, 3-season tents are the way to go. Intended for relatively mild conditions, these tents have mesh panels to promote airflow and employ rain flies to keep you dry.

4-Season Tents:

Designed primarily for winter, 4-season tents feature heavier fabrics and more poles than 3-season tents. This adds weight but is essential for withstanding fierce winds and heavy snow.