Searching for the perfect tent is a long process chocked full of rigorous research and mulling over every design element. Snugpak has a complete line of tents to stop the buck. The Scorpion 2 is Snugpaks signature 2 man tent boasting design features not seen in even the most expensive setups. In this post we dive into the elements of this tent and take it out deep into the bush for a proper test.
Features and specifications
- 2 man tent
- Fully waterproof
- Fly first setup
- Freestanding design
- Dual layered
- Shelter weight 3.80 lbs
- Trail weight 4.93 lbs
- Pack weight 5.83 lbs
- 1 door
- 3 vents
The Snugpak Scorpion 2 comes well packed straight from the factory. The packs size and weight makes it a solid choice for backpackers and hikers. The full setup weighs just under 6 pounds – this will be heavier for some folks but just right for some. When it comes to packing light you end up trading comfort for a lighter pack. I like the design of the Snugpak Scorpion 2 because it offers a ton of features and shelter in a lightweight profile.
The first design element incorporated into the Scorpion 2 is the dual layer fly first setup. When pitching the tent you setup the external rain fly first and then move inwards to setup the second waterproof layer. The 2nd layer attaches to the fly through fast connecting toggles.
This dual layer design creates air space between the layers keeping you toasty warm even in the coldest climates. The Scorpion 2 has 3 vents to serve as the main ventilation channels. Next to zero condensation is seen on the inside after a restorative nights sleep.
The tent is advertised as a 2 man tent but I will be the first to point out this false advertisement – sure, the Scorpion 2 could easily fit 2 guys but I will tell you that neither of them will be comfortable. This is more like a 1.5 man tent to be quite honest. In fact, it’s the perfect tent for a single person and large enough to stow them and all of their gear. If you have a 4 legged friend you both will stay nice and cozy.
Overall I love the stylish look of the Scorpion 2. It has all the right angles and turns heads around the campsite. I’m usually not one for looks but the Scorpion 2 is aptly named the Scorpion for good reasons – everything about the design screams Scorpion. It has a certain desert/military/utilitarian look I absolutely enjoy. I don’t know about you but I’m tired of the bulky WalMart designs from tent makers like Coleman and Ozark Trail. Snugpak has outdone themselves and entered into the market with serious competition. All of the Snugpak products retain this high level of quality and attention to the details.
The Scorpion 2 also comes in at a very reasonable price point. At the time of this writing you can get the Scorpion 2 for about $280 bucks – this is a fair price for everything you get. I will always pay more for something of enhanced quality than to suffer with an inferior product. I’ve slept in cheap tents before and believe me – this is one aspect of camping you DON’T want to cheap out on. Cheap tents will leak on you, collapse, are difficult to setup, and made of heavier materials. Snugpak uses the best materials to keep you dry, comfortable, and LIGHT on the trail.
Any product you get from Snugpak is going to be solid and this includes the popular Scorpion 2 tent. You can see from the other reviews that people absolutely rave about this thing. Sure, it’s definitely NOT fit for 2 men but it’s perfect for you and your gear…possibly someone else if both of you don’t mind not having much space. I recommend reading my review on the Scorpion 3 if you like the 2 but need a slightly larger configuration. Overall, the Scorpion 2 is the best setup you’re going to get in a freestanding 4 season tent.