L.L.Bean Backcountry 2 Dome Tent Review

Rugged and ready for the worst conditions, the Backcountry 2 Dome tent from L.L. Bean offers impressive durability and weather protection at a relatively low cost. The Backcountry 2 is a full double wall 4-season backpacking tent. This means it’s designed to handle high wind, heat and snow. The tent has a full front door…

Sierra Designs Convert 2 Review

4 season protection at 3 season weights? The Sierra Designs Convert 2 tent promises to be just that. With a removable vestibule, beefed up construction, and a sturdy design, this could work. The Convert two is designed for winter use. It has a more robust pole system than most 3 season tents, breathable nylon walls…

Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe

Big Agnes Big House 4 Deluxe Review

If you’re going to camp, why not enjoy it? The Big House 4 from Big Agnes is a spacious, comfortable car camping tent that’s made to go up easy, and provide plenty of space to make that upcoming car camping trip that much more enjoyable. Because no one wants to sleep in a tiny tent.…

SlumberJack Nightfall 2

Slumberjack Nightfall 2 Review

Budgets and backpacking rarely go together. Thankfully, Slumberjack has been focusing on bring quality, affordable shelters to the market. The Nightfall 2 is a spacious, externally pitching tent that comes in at an impressive $139.95. How does it hold up though? My review.

SlumberJack In-Season 2 tent

SlumberJack In-Season 2 Tent Review

4 season tents can be very, very expensive with shelters often clearing the 1000 dollar mark. Obviously, most people cannot justify that kind of cost. Thankfully, at $269.95, the In-season 2 4 season from Slumberjack’s is aimed squarely at the masses who want an affordable solution to camping. The In-Season 2 tent is built around…

Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2

Sierra Designs Nightwatch 2 Review

The Sierra Designs Nightwatch takes everything I liked about the Lightning 2: an awning, gear closets, and a stable design, and enhances it by implementing a roll back fly for star gazing and better ventilation. Despite looking quite similar, the design has been heavily modified in a variety of ways. How does this new model hold…

Big Agnes Tensleep Station 4 Review

The Tensleep Station 4 from Big Agnes is a fully featured tent that understands the fundamentals of a good car camping shelter; comfort, reliability and convenience. I recently had the luxury of living inside the Tensleep for 7 days on my recent trip to Acadia, putting it through the wringer, and this is what I thought. Starting out,…

L.L.Bean Micro light UL2 (7)

L.L.Bean Microlight UL 2 Review

The L.L.Bean Microlight is a tent that’s lived on the L.L.Bean line for a long time now, and for good reason. Year after year they’ve made subtle revisions to a long standing favorite, only improving the design as they go. The 2016 Microlight UL2 revision takes everything I loved about the old design, and makes…

SlingFin 2Lite

How to Choose a Backpacking Tent

It’s easily overwhelming; With so many options, brands, designs and an entire book full of terminology, the simply act of choosing a tent can become nearly impossible. This guide is designed to simplify the act and to help you decide what you need out of tent, and what you don’t. Let’s get started. What do…

Big Agnes Rattlesnake SL2 mtnGLO Tent Review

The Big Agnes RattleSnake SL2 mtnGLO tent is a shining example (pun!) of an affordable yet rock solid backpacking tent with a couple of features that I never knew that I needed. I’ve put it to the test, and here is what I found. The stand out feature of the Rattlesnake SL2 is the mtnGLO…