Lil' Bug Out Shelter Base & Vestibule

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Ultralight Backpacking
0-2 lbs
Occupancy With Stove:
Nest or Liner Available:
Two Person Nest
8 weeks
LT-LBO Base & Vestibule, Brown, No Stove Jack:
8 weeks
LT-LBO Base & Vestibule, Brown, With Stove Jack:
8 weeks
LT-Adjustable Carbon Pole for LBO & Silvertip:
8 weeks
LT-Factory Seam Sealing:
1 week

The Lil' Bug Out is a modular shelter that adapts to your needs.  The Base is a standalone three sided tarp, two Bases together form a pyramid shelter, a Base & Vestibule makes a bomber solo or two person shelter, a Base Tarp Vestibule is great for two plus a stove, while the Base Tarp Base sleeps four comfortably with a wood stove between.  Rugged #8 zippers connect components securely.  

This shelter truly does cover every need from solo summer backpacking to winter adventuring.

Handmade in Grand Junction, CO.


  • Modular design with zippered connections
  • Ultra HD Tent Fabric
  • Sod Skirt
  • SO Stake Loops
  • Stove Jack With Rain Flap (Optional)
  • Peak Vent



Stovejack Locations:

  • Double Base - jack in one of the bases
  • Base & Vestibule - jack in center panel of vestibule
  • Base Tarp Vestibule - jack in center panel of vestibule
  • Base Tarp Base - jack in center of tarp (can be in one base, limiting occupancy)


  • Base:
    • Weight - 16 oz
    • Height - 64"
    • Width - 98"
    • Length - 56" (center pullout adds 10")
  • Base & Vestibule:
    • Weight - 27 oz
    • Height - 64"
    • Width - 98"
    • Length - 115"  (center pullout adds 10")
  • Double Base
    • Weight - 32 oz
    • Height - 64"
    • Width - 98"
    • Length - 112"  (center pullouts add 20")
  • Base Tarp Vestibule
    • Weight - 43 oz
    • Height - 64"
    • Width - 98"
    • Length - 170" (center pullout adds 10")
  • Base Tarp Base
    • Weight - 48 oz
    • Height - 64"
    • Width - 98"
    • Length - 170" (center pullouts add 20"


  • Base
    • Without Stove - Solo to two (who like each other)
  • Base & Vestibule
    • Without Stove - 2
    • With Stove - 1+ (One is optimal, can do two with stove if careful and with some gear shuffling)
  • Double Base
    • Without Stove - 3-4
    • With Stove - 2
  • Base Tarp Vestibule
    • Without Stove - 3-4
    • With Stove - 2
  • Base Tarp Base
    • Without Stove - 6
    • With Stove - 4


  • Shelter canopy
  • Stakes
  • Enough seam sealer to seal the shelter


  • Base takes a pole 64" long
  • Base Tarp Vestibule needs two poles, one 64" and one 61"


  • Start with vestibule zipped into base and both doors zipped closed.
  • Pull back corners of base out taut and stake.  
  • Take center of vestibule and stretch the shelter out.  You'll end up with a triangle shape, make sure both sides are even.  This gives you a centerline to square the shape up.
  • Pull front two corners of the base out taut, making sure the base is in a rectangle shape.
  • Pull the loops for vestibule out taut and stake (need 2 staked at this point, not all of them).
  • Insert pole and adjust any stake positions as needed.
  • Pull the "tail" loop out taut and stake.


For best results we recommend seam-sealing your tent.  You can do it at home or have us do it for you (adds up to one week)(if we seal the shelter it will be shipped without extra tubes of sealant):

Seam Sealing Service

  • The LBO includes seam sealer, enough to seal the entire shelter.  
  • Pitch normally and seal the outside seams.
  • The easy way to seal is to run a thin bead of sealant along the seam, then press it in with a finger, wiping the excess on a paper towel.
  • Alternatively, you can use an acid brush from a hardware store to spread the sealant.



Fabric Details: 

We use Cordura spec Ultralight silicone impregnated 30 Denier ripstop nylon with a Hydrostatic Head rating of 3000 MM. Strong and Light, this is a high performance fabric.  


The most common questions we get about hot tents are:

  • How do you not burn the tent down?  
    • The stove jack is a high temp fiberglass material rated to several thousand degrees.  The tent material never touches the hot pipe.  You can get pinholes from floating embers, but a small dab of silicone seals the pinhole and doesn't hurt the shelter.
  • How does a floorless shelter work in wet weather?
    • Really darn well.  Don't pitch in a depression obviously, but the ground inside dries out quickly, and it's super convenient to just walk in with muddy shoes (or dogs) and not worry about getting your floor dirty.
  • What about condensation?
  • What about carbon monoxide?
    • It's truly not a concern.  We include a peak vent, plus the shelter will draw air through the zipper and under the sod skirt.  If you're still concerned, leave a door unzipped 8" or so at the bottom to

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*Nest not included

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Defects in manufacturing and material for the practical lifetime of the product. Damage due to wear and tear or misuse will be repaired for a reasonable charge.

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  • 4
    Big tent, big footprint

    Posted by Eli Hermann on 17th Apr 2019

    I've had the LBO with the vestibule and the inner net for about a year now and taken it on a handful of adventures in different climates and ecosystems.

    Pros: it's a big ol' tent for one person plus gear. Even without the vestibule I can fit myself and most of my gear just inside the LBO. I'm 6'4", so I have to angle myself a little bit inside the shelter to fit everything, but I'm still completely dry and protected. With the added vestibule I can squeeze with one other person or I can spread out, change clothes, organize gear, or do whatever in inclement weather without constantly bumping tent walls. I also really like the options of running it as a bombproof all-weather tent with the vestibule and no floor, or as a mostly wind but also rain shelter with just the base and the nest. I've also just used the inner on a couple trips.

    Cons: No matter what you do, this is a big tent and requires a lot of space. One of the local National Parks requires tent pads, and with the vestibule and guy-outs I can sometimes barely fit on the pad. Same goes with rocky or narrow sites. It's not the easiest to set up in cramped quarters, and sometimes dodging cactus, rocks, and trees means setting up on bumpy or less than ideal spots. At the end of the day, I almost wish I had gone with a Silvertip for ease of use and smaller footprint.

    The construction and craftsmanship is spot on, and I can tell this is going to be a bomber tent for years to come.

  • 5

    Posted by Ben on 20th Mar 2019

    I’ve field tested the LBO for a couple years now. I’m %100 satisfied with this product. I’m the guy who takes equipment to the field before I write a review. I’ve spent no less than 30 nights in this shelter. I’ve taken it deep in the backcountry wilderness AND to the busy state park. I’ve slept in it through snow and summer heat. It’s been through multiple backcountry elk hunts, a deer muzzleloader solo camp, spring/summer family camp outs, a romantic couples getaway, and a few fishNfloat outings. I’ve used with and without the stove, as single LBO, also with tarp+vestibule, and base tarp base. I’ve pitched it in a hurry to beat a freak thunderstorm. I’ve spent a rainy week in it with three other smelly, grumpy bow hunters.

    I said all that to say this: I’m %100 Satisfied!

    The LBO can handle significant winds AND a clumsy 5 year old who trips on a guy line. It’s extremely light and plenty durable. It’s a paradise if you’re running a stove while trapped on a cold wet mountain. As a base tarp base, it’s enough room for four hunters for several days as long as everyone is somewhat space conscious with their gear, etc.

    Yes, it does have condensation. Yes, you must be prepared to camp without a floor. Some folks simply can’t get over these two facts but they don’t bother me at all. The space/weight savings are huge! The modularity of this system make it an OUTSTANDING option for camping gear.

    Is it useful for multiple needs? Absolutely.

  • 3
    Not as expected

    Posted by Necole Hanks on 11th Jul 2017

    First of all I was dumb-founded by that fact that it did not come with the center pole. Pretty important part of the design. It also did not come with set up instructions and did not have enough stakes for all tie downs. Most of all I had to help my husband water-proof the seems with the included tube of sealer. Seems to me all of that should have been part of the price of the tent.

  • 4
    Rainy weather

    Posted by Johnny Wegeman on 4th Jul 2017

    It kept me dry. Only one small leak. The rain didn't penetrate, but it was wet on the inside. No dripping just very humid .
    I'm satisfied with the shelter.

  • 5
    Great product

    Posted by Adam Ogden on 11th Jun 2017

    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.

  • 5
    This is the one!

    Posted by Russell Evans on 29th Mar 2017

    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.

  • 5

    Posted by William Hille on 7th Jul 2016

    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!

  • 5
    5 stars isn't enough!

    Posted by Kelly Kading on 21st Jul 2014

    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!

  • 5

    Posted by Jason on 26th May 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.