Nemo Equipment Escape Pod - Backpacker

Nemo Equipment Escape Pod

Minimalist Bug Shelter
Escape Pod
Price $120.00


Ease of Setup 1 / 5
Weatherproofing 1 / 5
Ventilation 1 / 5
Living Space 1 / 5
Capacity 1
Number of Poles 0
Diameter of Poles (mm) 1


Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Length (inches) 0.5
Width (inches) 0.5
Interior Height (inches) 0.5
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 0.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 0.5
Weight 9 oz

Why we like it: In dry weather, this pole-free shelter is perfect for keeping insects out.

Packability: At just 9 ounces, the Escape Pod is half the weight of other poled bug shelters, and it packs down to the size of a small grapefruit. The key is an inflatable (by mouth) 2-inch diameter rib that provides structure in lieu of traditional poles. Additionally, it’s only two-thirds the length of a standard bivy (a drawstring closure cinches around your sleeping bag to seal out bugs). Tradeoff: It costs twice as much as many other structured bug shelters.

Usability: The 24-inch-tall arch that supports the mesh is shorter than most, so don’t expect to sit up. There’s no door: “You have to worm into your sleeping bag and awkwardly scoot your way in through the mesh sleeve,” said one tester after a weekend trip in the Adirondacks.

Protection: No-see-um netting and a loose elastic near the base kept bugs out (no way to escape the buzzing), and the guyouts kept the tent stable in light (5 mph) winds. But this isn’t a tent; pair it with a tarp and groundsheet if you’re expecting weather.