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Old 11-27-2016   #1
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Bug Free Canopies?

Any suggestions tips or pointers out there for buying the best bug free shelters would be appreciated. I'm looking for one that I can set up a small table and sit 4-5 adults, or slightly bigger. Coleman seems to have some options but, you get what you pay for and I would prefer something known as built to last more than a few seasons, but so far Coleman seems to have the best options and prices. Anyone running any of these Coleman group size bug screens? Like it? Thanks for any thoughts or advice.

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Old 11-27-2016   #2
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The Seek Outside Tipi's work great as bug shelters. We have even used it on the Tundra on the North Slope of AK. I had them put an extra 12 In of fabric on bottom and put #10 YKK zipper on the screen door. We slept all 4 of us in there as well and it was a great place to hang out and stay out of the wind. The biggest draw back is the price point is more that alot of house payments. Pretty much the opposite of Coleman.
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Old 11-27-2016   #3
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The Nemo Bugout is a fine choice. I did a July trip to the Boundary Waters in MN with a Bugout and it made a world of difference keep the bugs away. The only draw back I can think of is that it worked best when attached to trees, although Oars/poles/paddles may works if trees aren't an option.


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Wenzel, Outdoor Research, Sea to Summit, Kelty all offer moderately priced, good quality
options. REI has a Wenzel for $98 and a Kelty for $180...no, I don't work for REI, just
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Old 11-27-2016   #5
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I haven't tried it yet, but the Big Agnes Deep Creek looks promising...

I think its $229 for the large tarp and poles and another $169 for the Bug House part. Seems to pack down small and is reasonably priced. You can buy it straight from Big Agnes or REI and others sell them online.
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Old 11-27-2016   #6
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There was another Big Agnes called Sugarloaf that seems sort of cool.
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Old 11-28-2016   #7
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Nemo bug out

I highly recommend the large Nemo bug out shelter. I used one on Deso last season, and I really like the design. It was perfect for a table and 7 seats during meal times, and the wall height is perfect for pitching with 2 oars and 2 paddles due to the short walls on 2 corners. It also seemed to be fairly well built for how light it was.
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