Big Agnes Scout Plus

Looking for feather-weight, tiny stuff sack shelter? This might be it. With a trail weight under 2 lbs., this single-wall pup tent design is compelling for trips where compact, lightweight gear is a premium – think packraft expeditions or small-hatch kayak journeys. The Big Agnes design team has established itself as cutting edge, and the Scout continues that tradition. The tent weight is kept to a minimum through single-wall construction, one-door entry, and by eliminating poles through the use of two trekking poles. I’ve weathered all day storms and wind in the Scout and stayed dry, although once the fabric is saturated, single-wall construction falls prey to that old canvas tent problem – leaks begin wherever you touch the fabric. Also, the sloping roof limits headroom if you are sleeping two (which makes touching the fabric fairly inevitable). I like the vestibule, which adds 14 sq. feet, enough to keep a couple of packs under cover. And despite the Spartan weight, the Scout has some nice accessory touches like gear bins and effective vents. If I’m going minimal and not expecting extended big storms, the Scout is my pick.

Intel for the Big Agnes Scout Plus: trail weight – 1 lb. 14 oz., interior dimensions 29 sq. ft. (vestibule – 14 sq. ft.), $350. www.bigagnes.com.

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