The Little Bug Out might be the most versatile pyramid shelter on the market. With the 3 piece vestibule it's a fortress for two and a stove, or a palace for one. With another base and a tarp it turns into a viable expedition shelter for 4-6. Carefully built from top quality silnylon, 10 ground level stake loops and 4 mid panel tieouts, the LBO with vestibule can withstand true four season useage.
I have used this three times since buying the product. The first time was in late spring at a campground above 8000 ft. It was cold and I did not have a ground tarp. This caused a lot of condensation to form. Luckily my sleeping bag had a protective covering on it so that I did not get wet. From just the first experience I learned that one I had to have a ground tarp so that I have a place to put my gear on and help control condensation. Two that guy lines are a must for this to get as much space as possible, I am 6'3" and 300 lbs I did not have a lot of space between the tent wall and my head. I made some lines from some paracord I had and used them on my second trip with the lines changing the angle of the tent slope I had plenty of space.
I am trying out backpacking/ nature photography and having the tent under 5 lbs is great since I have a lot of gear to carry.
I want to see how this holds up on the tallest peak near me which is at 11,000 ft.Adam Ogden
11th Jun 2017
This is the one!
This is a fantastic design!
I've camped & backpacked for many years, either with my Whelan Lean-To open front tent (my favorite) or with an enclosed tent. But when I saw this Lil' Bug Out, I knew I HAD to get it!
It is the best of both worlds, and then some. I use the base as an open front shelter whenever possible, but also bought the 3 piece vestibule to use it as an enclosed tent as needed, in high winds for example, or when privacy is needed. I also bought it with the smoke hole, in case I want to use it with a titanium stove in the future. (I will).
Plus, it is incredibly light weight and compact in my pack, yet durable and extremely well made. And it can be suspended easily from a tree limb or line if one doesn't want the weight (minimal) of the pole, or just needs a bit more room inside.
One thing I've added: my wife has made a mosquito netting screen for the base, which can be used or tied back when not needed. She says it was exceedingly simple to make for this tent, basically a large triangle of two overlapping sides, sewn on parallel to the zipper, then seam sealed. It adds virtually zero weight, but allows for using the base alone even in bug season. I would recommend Seek Outside adds this as an option, as some see the tent and the first thing they say is "No bug netting? That's a deal breaker for me..." (I realize they make a two person nest for this, but it doubles the weight and bulk of the combined base and vestibule) This option wouldn't be difficult nor labor intensive to add to their other options.
All in all, a really superb, lightweight tent for backpacking, in all seasons for one or two, even three with the vestibule if they're ok with being snug. Russell Evans
29th Mar 2017
Love the "modular" concept and thought that the designers put into this tent. Easy to set up, easy to customize to fit your needs, overall excellent product.
Excited to take it out many more times!William Hille
7th Jul 2016
5 stars isn't enough!
I love my Lil Bug Out. It is amazingly designed with expert craftsmanship. I will be putting it through its paces come winter and I know that it will be able to handle rough weather like a champ. The hybrid mid/tipi design is a venerable winter fortress. It has enough interior room for multiple people and gear even after the walls get loaded down with snow. The setup is pretty easy once you get the hang of it, just watch the setup video and it will be a cinch. The only thing more impressive than the product is the customer service. Angie saw the sale through from beginning to end and I am very happy with my purchase. No buyer's remorse here! Thank you SeekOutside!Kelly Kading
21st Jul 2014
Set it up in the yard a few times. Very easy to figure out without instructions. Only complaint is that it doesn't come with stakes to hold it down or guylines. Other than that it's perfect.Jason
26th May 2014
I've had a good four seasons worth of usage with this shelter. I've been in the desert, and in the snow and almost everything in between. It's very lightweight, extremely livable and handles severe weather incredibly wellUnknown
30th Apr 2014