Brand: Big Agnes
Model: Super Scout UL2
[large and light]
Why we like it This non-freestanding shelter blends the best features of tents and tarps, offering bug protection and a ballroom-size vestibule for about a pound per person.
Livability A sprawling, 44-square-foot vestibule offers oodles of space for storage, cooking, and lounging—all at the same time. Have a second set of poles? Prop the vestibule door awning-style for even more shelter. The 29-square-foot sleeping space is long (it comfortably fit a 6’7” occupant) but low (sloping walls limit headroom around the 45-inch peak height).
Setup You need two trekking poles and a bevy of guyouts (10 at minimum, 15 for max stability and ventilation)—but with practice, our tester achieved a drum-taut pitch within four minutes.
Protection The Super Scout barely flapped during pushy gusts in North Cascades National Park. And it had zero leaks during rainy nights in Michigan’s Big Island Lake Wilderness. Because the vestibule’s opening sits at a 90-degree angle to the side of the main door, no rain enters during exits.
Fave feature Two mesh corner storage bins (instead of flat pockets) keep packrats organized.
downsides One pole bisects the door, complicating entry. And ventilation is subpar: Walls dampened in all conditions.
$400; 2 lbs. 3 oz.; bigagnes.com