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
Fly first setup
Shelter weight 3.80 lbs
Trail weight 4.93 lbs
Pack weight 5.83 lbs
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.
The Snugpak BUNKER. This is the tent you need to go full blown tactical mode with 2 – 3 people. Snugpak does it again with their ingenious tent designs and drop dead simple setups. Not to mention, the olive green allows anyone to blend in to most wilderness surroundings without being spotted. Gone are the days when you’re forced to use those horrendous brightly colored flys that don’t even keep the rain out! This 4 season tent keeps you high and dry in even the most narliest storms. Let’s dig into this tent and talk about why this bad boy is MILITARY grade.
Specifications and features
3 man tent
6.75 lbs trail weight
7.74 lbs pack weight
DAC Featherlite color coded poles
Compression sack included
Repair Kit included
Snugpak has once again drawn me into another one of their top notch products. This tent is very similar to the Scorpion 3 I have previously reviewed except with a different design. The bunker sits lower to the ground and shaped in its own unique way. I like the low profile of the bunker and the low height makes this thing damn near impervious to wind and other environmental elements. It is a true 4 season tent able to withstand strong storms. Especially if you have everything staked down with the guy lines firmly in place.
Setup is very similar to both the Snugpak Scorpion 3 and the Ionosphere tents. The tent comes with 3 DAC Featherlite snap poles color coded for each sleeve on the fly. This is a fly first tent meaning you setup the outer layer first before the inner layer. It’s versatile enough you don’t even need the inner layer if it’s warm. Each pole slides through a sleeve and snaps into a heavy duty nylon grommit hole on each end. Once the fly is setup the inner layer attaches to the inside via toggle sticks.
There’s plenty of space in the Snugpak bunker as it’s designed for 3 people. 2 people can live like kings and queens while 3 can work but will be tight. Better for those cold nights when you all can snuggle for warmth. It kind of has a hectagon shape which can make for some interesting sleeping arrangements with a bit of though and experimenting.
The entire packing weight of the Snugpak Bunker is 7.74 lbs. Trail weight comes in at 6.75. Trail weight is usually the weight of the tent without the compression sack, repair kit, or stakes. Overall this would be a difficult tent to pack for a 10 mile hike unless you have a pack mule or enjoy the extra weight. That’s not to say you can’t shove it in a decent 65L backpack or attach it to the externals. It’s just going to be heavier. Don’t let me deter you from a good workout though.
A tent with good design is fundamental to experiencing a comfortable night camping. Cheap tents lack the quality and design to provide anything like the Snugpak Bunker. For starters, the bunker includes multiple vents to allow for a proper flow of ventilation. Without good airflow the tent will gather a lot of wet condensation especially with 3 people inside. It can also become very hard to breathe. I absolutely love the fly first design allowing you to quickly establish a dry shelter for your gear before setting up the inner layer.The Fly does a fantastic job keeping out the rain and other natural elements. The inner layer has a reinforced bathtub floor to keep you dry from any water that gets under you. All the seems and stitching are ultra fortified and I have no doubt this puppy is going to last for the long haul even with continued abuse. Finally, the 2 door system makes getting in and out very easy for 3 people – no crawling over one another to get to an exit for a late night bathroom break.
At the time of this writing the Snugpak Bunker is roughly $244 bucks. This is a steal of a deal in my opinion. In fact, I would pay much more for this tent having been through the ringer sleeping other inferior designs. It’s money well spent especially if you’re going to be using it a lot outdoors. I put my gear to the ultimate test and make sure to squeeze every ounce of value out of it I can.
Is the Snugpak Bunker right for you? You can check out the other reviews to see what others have to say. As far as tents go there really isn’t anything else where you’ll find as many raving fans. The Bunker is a top quality tent that will stand the test of time for years to come. Here is to Snugpak for once again releasing an awesome outdoor product.
Rarely do I come across a decent 3 man SHTF tent that can withstand all 4 seasons. If I do the tents are unreasonably heavy and nearly impossible to take in a backpack or easily transport. I’ve had experience with the Snugpak Ionosphere 1 man tent and looked forward to testing the Scorpion 3 in rougher conditions. I needed something high quality to serve as long term shelter solution out in the wild. The Scorpion 3 fits the bill.
Features and Specs
3 man tent
Fly first design
5000mm polyurethane rain fly
190t Nylon with polyester mesh for inner layer
Well vented (3 vents total)
Reinforced bathtub flooring so you don’t get wet
17 x 8.3 x 1 inches
6.44 lbs (trail weight)
Repair kit included
What first drew me to this tent was the fact that it’s a 4 season tent for well under $400 dollars. In fact, $400 dollars for a 4 season tent is considered getting a very good deal. From there I began looking at the features and other reviews of what other people thought. So far it’s received nothing but great praise from other people who have put the Scorpion 3 to the test. My second favorite element about the Scorpion 3 is the versatile design. Both the fly and the inner element of the tent can be used together or separate. In the summer months you can opt to simply use the fly if bugs are not an issue. In the winter using the 2 elements together provides ample protection against the environment even in the stormiest conditions.
Setup is quite easy. As I’ve mentioned,this is a fly first design so you can setup the fly and then have a dry place to connect the inner mesh layer if you want. The fly is setup with traditional aluminum poles that snap together quite easily. There are 3 poles in total which slide into their corresponding color coded sleeves on the fly. Once the fly is setup there are hooks where the inner mesh layer attaches. Overall setup time ranges from 5 – 15 minutes. You can save time by simply leaving the inner mesh attached when you break down the Scorpion 2.
As far as space goes I will say that what holds true for other tents holds true here. While advertised as a 3 man tent you will probably only fit 2 comfortably. You can theoretically fit 3 people inside but it’s going to be cramped especially if you require room for everyone’s gear. 2 people however will have zero problems with space and there will be plenty of room for everything.
The trail weight of the Scorpion 3 is 6.44 lbs. Trail weight refers to the weight of the raw materials needed to setup the tent. Trail weight only takes into account the total weight of the fly, inner mesh, and poles. Essentially just the bare essentials to make the shelter not including the stuff sack, repair kit, and other accessories that might come with the tent. 6.44 lbs is a bit on the heavy side if you plan on trucking this thing on your back for 10 miles but well worth it considering the quality and space.
There’s a lot of great design features of the Scorpion 3. As I mentioned, the versatility of being able to set the tent up with either the rain fly or the inner mesh is fantastic. This feature boasts a number of practical benefits when you consider the environment your setting up at. The “fly first” design makes setting up in the rain an easy and comfortable thing to do. The front door and vestibule provides a large space to crawl through with a subtle tapering that narrows towards the back. Very easy to get in and out of. The vestibule flaps also conveniently fold up and can be tucked away in their own little pocket. All the materials appear to be very high quality and I have no doubt will last many many seasons even with heavy use.
At the time of this writing the Scorpion 3 is retailing at $250 bucks on Amazon. Once again this is a steal of a deal for a 4 season tent for this much space. Considering the quality of design and the many other features this is an investment that will last a very long time even if you frequently camp. I put my gear through the ringer and I have no doubt this is one piece of gear I will own for a while.
The Scorpion 3 is a fantastic tent for the value and Snugpak is quickly becoming the leading heavyweight for high quality tents. I can’t wait to test out more of their products in the future.
Leave a comment below and let me know what you think about the Scorpion 3.
In my recent post I wrote about what to look for in a decent SHTF TENT. The Snugpak Ionosphere tent fits the bill for a tent that’s low profile yet provides enough space for you and your pack. This tent is easy to setup and break down and fits into a compact compression pack for easy stowing away inside a backpack.
Let’s take a look at the features and specifications.
Features and specs
5000mm Polyurethane fly
94.5 x 35.4 x 102.4 inches
Single man tent
Olive green or coyote tan colors available
I must say this tent impresses me in many ways having taken it out in many conditions. With the staked design it manages to resist even heavy winds. Note that this is NOT a free standing tent meaning you’ll need to use the stakes. The stakes are high quality and included along with a complete repair kit for the tent. One thing that always concerns me is how much space is inside the tent. I’m 5 foot 11 and this sometimes mean I’m forced to keep my pack outside the tent. Not so with the Snugpak Ionosphere. I was able to comfortably fit me, my sleeping bag, and my backpack all inside.
This tent even stands up to a light rain. While I’m not sure about a full blown down pour, this tent will certainly see you through 3 seasons in light to moderate conditions. Possibly even 4 with a little tarp rigging. One thing that’s nice is the bathtub floor which appears to be ultra reinforced to protect you from wet ground. One thing to note is this is a 2 layer tent. This means there’s an inner mesh layer along with an outer layer that acts as a rain fly. The mesh makes it real nice to use without the rain fly in warmer weather while the fly does a great job at protecting you from rain and wind during storm season.
The inner layer of the tent is complete mesh allowing for a nice flow of ventilation. This means no more waking up covered in a wet pool of your own condensation. This is one of the fundamental problems with a bivvy sack. In fact, the Ionosphere tent is almost like a hybrid bivvy/tent combo which I find great. It’s larger than a bivvy yet smaller than a full size tent which is important when you’re considering weight and how much space there is in your pack. The best of both worlds.
Setup and take down of this tent is drop dead simple. The tent comes with 2 aluminum poles which slide into reinforced sleeves double stitched into the inner layer meshing. The tent is so low profile you don’t have to fuss in the morning when it comes time to tear everything down. Everything fits comfortably in the storage sack which contains straps for really cinching things down. From here you can easily attach the sack to the bottom of your backpack or even shove it down to the bottom of the main compartment. It really is ultra low footprint and unobtrusive considering the ample space it provides.
Overall the pricing on this tent is very reasonable. At the time of this writing you can pick up the Snugpak for about $145 bucks. Check Amazon to get the most up to date prices.
The Snugpak Ionosphere is a great multi purpose tent for many occasions. Perfect for the 3 day backpacking trip, the 1 day backyard bonanza, or even an extensive trip through the PCT or Appalachian Mountains. It’s got great reviews from other people who have used it too. Lot’s of military guys seem to gravitate towards this thing and for good reasons, it’s a solid tent at a good price and will certainly stand the test of time if you take care of it. Pick one up today and test for yourself!