REI Bug Hut Pro 2 Tent

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“Made for adventure travelers and minimalist backpackers, the Bug Hut Pro 2 is a 2-person shelter that protects against flying insects—and now it offers extra protection from those critters!” (REI.com).

Set-up: This set-up is as simple as it gets, and pops right up once both poles are stable. Less than five minutes to set-up in the day light and a little over five minutes during the night (holding a flashlight in my mouth because I forgot my headlamp).

Durability: It has a very strong design and with the short amount of time I had the tent (four backpacking trips of use – low winds) nothing ever malfunctioned. However, because I never tested in high winds or temps. below 40 degrees, you may want to check the product reviews on REI.com.

Comfort: I never go on trips longer than a day without a sleeping pad, yoga mat, or some type of support so I’m not basically sleeping on rough terrain. But I loved how the floor of the tent was made out of coated nylon taffeta and how comfortable it was when I did relax in there without any pad support. Also, it’s extremely roomy, even fit three people in there a couple of times sharing sleeping pads. 

Efficiency: It’s lightweight enough for me to trek all day on a backpacking trip and still have the energy to set it up once we find camp. Keep in mind that I have not set it up in high winds, but I’ve heard the poles get a little shaky and it’s difficult to set up when trekking alone. 

Value: It’s priced at $99.50 at REI, I paid $88.50 because I used a coupon, but even for less than a hundred bucks this tent is completely worth it if you can put up a tarp shelter with ease.

Style: I love the look of this tent, especially when you go out into the woods even just for an all-day trip. You can pop up your Bug Hut, throw in some pads, and just relax and look up at the stars without worrying about bugs bugging you.

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The cool part about this tent and that most others who purchased seemed to enjoy is that you can set up an A-frame tarp shelter over it and it essentially looks very innovative and creative. I personally didn’t like the fact that after I set up my tent I’d have to set up a completely different shelter incase of high winds or rain. So this tent became an all-day trip only tent or when I just want to sit in the backyard and gaze at the stars.

Pictured to the right is the bug hut pro under a super fly tarp set up which I really love and wouldn’t mind setting up if I always trekked during the day. Night treks and setting that up at night just seems like a pain for me. But for others, it’s no big deal.

So if that’s you, then by all means get this tent! Definitely recommend it!

Photo cred: bz1-img.com
Photo cred: bz1-img.com

 

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