The best bug shelters, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 3, 2021. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.
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Recent Bug Shelter Reviews
The S2S Nano bugnet is an ultra-lightweight approach to bug protection under a tarp that works, but it comes with some significant compromises. If you already are comfortable with the sacrifices that a small floorless tarp comes with, then this S2S bugnet is one of the best choices for lightweight bug protection. Otherwise, this product probably isn’t for you. This is a review of the Sea to Summit Nano Insect Shield Net Shelter, single size. Sea to Summit (“S2S”) makes a variety of camping… Full review
The MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House offers a lightweight two-person shelter that requires the use of two trekking poles. It's compact yet spacious. Finding a lightweight backpacking shelter that doesn’t cost an arm and a leg can be a tricky process. But MSR’s Thruhiker Mesh House 2 offers a great solution to this problem. As a shelter that’s designed to fit two people, the interior is spacious, giving users 30 square feet of floor space. When packed down, it’s just 10 by 4 inches in size. Backyard… Full review
This Bug/Floor insert is the companion piece to the MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter. Together, this highly ventilated shelter system is a spacious and extremely stable rig for two people (this product is not recommended as a standalone shelter). Highly wind and water resistant, this lightweight combo pitches with trekking poles/ski poles, or with the MSR Adjustable Pole accessory (sold separately). The insert is ideal for wet and/or buggy weather where tent footprint space is not extremely tight. For… Full review
While marketed as a Mesh Inner Tent, this should instead be thought of as a mesh bivy. Like every Hilleberg product I’ve seen or tested, this is a very well-made piece of gear. It’s best served for those that already have the minimalist Hilleberg Tarp 5 and want to add bug protection. [click to enlarge picture] Specs: Weight: 410g/15oz [click to enlarge picture]… Full review
Picked this up on Amazon for $18, worth every penny. Picked this up on Amazon for $18, worth every penny. Took it out on an overnight trip where I stayed at 4000 feet. To my surprise there was quite a few bugs, glad I had it. Net weighs 9oz including stuff sack and included ridgeline. It has decent quality netting and vertical zipper. The net sets up by sliding over hammock with approx. 4" diameter drawstring closures at each end. Then just put up ridgeline and net just clips on to line. I use whoopie … Full review
Large bug net with a built-in floor for full protection. Great for use in shelters or under a tarp. Zippers on two sides make for easy access and lots of tie out points allow for setup in varied conditions. The Exped Travel Box II Plus is a souped up version of their basic, rectangular bug net, meant for multi-person use. They added a floor, side entry zippers, and some additional tie out points. The result is a very functional bug house that provides for a lot of protected space. I set it up in… Full review
This accessory is designed for the CrossBow 2 StormPak, allowing the user to be well protected from insects, while minimizing weight with the bare-bones setup of the CrossBow 2. For those who want a strong tent that is easy to customize, the SlingFin CrossBow 2 is a lightweight way to do it! When using the StormPak configuration, the tent user has the option to modify this open-air setup by adding the Mesh Inner Drop-In. This accessory is a hybrid between a tent inner, and an open-bottomed centrally… Full review
Really wanted to love the large tarp + bug tent combo. Gave it 14 nights on the Tahoe Rim Trail — meadows, ridges, trees, granite, mud, wind, and rain. Sheds water like a duck. However, I'm just 5'1" and was unable to sit up under the head end except on nights where I was able to find a near perfect pitching site and didn't need to pitch low due to wind. In order to achieve full height and width at the head end of the inner tent, the front corners of the tarp have to be pitched high. This combo… Full review
A good little net tent, but roomy enough for 1+gear or for two shoulder to shoulder. Needs external support—hiking poles or trees at the least, and must be staked out for proper pitching. Net tent only; does not include tarp/rain fly. My main reasons for getting this tent was that I wanted to have a shelter that would allow me to set up the tarp first if it were raining. I have a hammock system that works the same way, and it's come in handy before. I already owned a hammocking tarp (Warbonnet… Full review