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Snugpak Scorpion 3 Tent in Olive
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- Flysheet is a lightweight 210t polyester Rip Stop with 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating F/R
- Inner tent constructed of 190t nylon with polyester mesh F/R
- Ground sheet constructed of 190t nylon with 5000mm waterproof polyurethane coating F/R
- DAC Featherlite NSL anodized poles with pressfit connectors - All DAC poles are made from TH72M aluminum
- Alloy Y stakes (18 & 2 spare stakes)
- 1 Doors / 3 Vents
- 50D Polyester No-See-Um-Mesh
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The Scorpion 3 Tent by Snugpak is a new and exciting addition for Snugpak. The first thing people will notice about the Scorpion 3 is its stylish and sleek design. This design helps the Scorpion 3 to fend off those fierce winds that kick up from time to time and still is built and designed for long term hard use. With it’s 5000mm PU Coated Fly it can handle large amounts of rain keeping you and your gear dry, as it should be. The Scorpion 3 has one door and three vents as well as all types of extras like internal mesh pockets, No-See-Um-Mesh, all seams are seam taped and much more. The Scorpion 3 is a Fly First pitch type tent. Comes with a Repair Kit - repairs can be made on the move. Shelter weight 5.00 lbs Trail weight 6.44 lbs Pack weight 7.47 lbs Packsize 17”L X 8.25”D
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US Marine Combat tent is nice, but:
---8.5lbs trail weight
---38 sqft, and 45" height (2man)
---packs to 9.5" x 24" (poles are 24"!!! ouch)
Snugpak Scorpion3 (this tent):
---6.5lbs trail weight
---??? sqft, and 48" height (3man)
---packs to 8.25" x 17" (nice short 16" poles!!!)
Chose this one because it is lighter and packs MUCH smaller than the USMC tent.
The rainfly sets up first, which is nice since it's not the entire tent you're dealing with erecting with the poles. Once it's up (very fast), it will keep you dry while you set up the rest which is a big plus.
When finished, this tent is very dark inside, almost pitch black. Very nice if you like your sleep!
However, the inside of the tent just clips up to the rainfly, which is very easy and sturdy. But since it's dark, you may need a flashlight to do it if it is night time.
Once the inner tent is clipped in and tight, it is ready to stake down. Very roomy and I love the tent! 3 big vents that will not allow rain inside. The entire width of the walls is lined with pockets.
I've read reviews that all the material is thick and durable, minus the floor. I disagree, the floor seems pretty thick and I won't be using a footprint under this.
The only negative of this tent, is if you have to set it up in the wind. "Fly first" creates a big parachute, so you'll have to temporarily stake it down and keep adjusting them to keep the big dome from blowing away. Once you finish the inside and stake it down for real, it felt incredibly sturdy then.
Hope this review (very few others out there) helps, and I'm extremely happy with this! Would buy again in a heartbeat. Feel free to ask any questions, I'll answer and add to this quick review.
Edit: Here is another review I found when shopping for this tent: [...]
The Scorpion 3 is a heavy 4-season tent with the ability to be set up free-standing. It is not overly heavy by 4-season tent standards, but it will weigh in heavier than most 3-season backpacking tents with the same capacity. If you intend to visit an area with heavy winds, rain, snow or cold, this tent is a really good option. With it’s free standing ability, this would also be a good option for kayak or canoe camping on exposed shores with rough conditions.
I cannot honestly attest to the long term durability of the tent as I have only pitched it a few times. Other than a couple of practice pitches in the yard I have only used it once in the field to test its abilities. The field test involved a night with 50+ mph gusts coming from varying directions and bit over one inch of rain over the course of the night. My partner and I staked the tent using 13 pegs to secure it. With the 13 pegs, the exterior barely flinched when the wind gusts hit from three different sides. The interior remained all but static. With all of the vents open and the vestibule closed, no rain entered the tent even with the wind. While the low was only in the upper 30’s that night, the interior was markedly warmer. The inner tent had no visible condensation in those cold and wet conditions. With the way that it managed 50+ mph gusts, I’d feel confident with far more.
The next morning, the rain had left, but wind gusts were still around 30 mph. When we took the tent down, we left the inner attached and lashed one of the vestibule corners to one of our packs to keep it from blowing away. Repacking the tent involved removing the pegs, followed by removing the poles, then flipping it upside down (with the tent floor up). We put the tent poles in the bag for the poles, folded the tent to the width of the collapsed poles and rolled it snuggly. With this method, it fit relatively easily into the bag that the tent came in.
Upon returning home, the tent was still wet from being packed. I was able to unroll the tent and drape it over my shower curtain rod to dry out overnight then roll it back up for storage.
With that being my experience, here are my observations:
1.) This is a REALLY strong tent.
2.) This tent can take a lot of wind and rain, and you’ll be oblivions to it from inside.
3.) There is plenty of space for two plus gear, and I would not want three people in it.
4.) The attached guylines absorb a ton of moisture and have too much stretch for my taste and would probably freeze up. I will probably replace them with a less stretchy and less absorbent set of guylines. (Not a big deal at all, and not necessary for use.)
5.) The vestibule is a bit small for a 4-season tent. People tend to like to use their stove out of the elements and under the vestibule in 4-season conditions. The vestibule is large enough to access a stove from inside the tent, but not large enough to use the stove and be outside the tent.
6.) The Scorpion 3 has relatively great value. It is one of the least expensive truly 4-season tents that is freestanding. There are a lot of less expensive 3-season tents, but if you will be experiencing high winds or snow this is a great option for the price.
7.) The pockets along the sides are great for organizing gear.
8.) It would be nice to be able to hang items inside to dry. There are no provisions inside the tent for this.
9.) The vents are really well placed and do their job well. Condensation is kept low while wind driven rain does not make it’s way in.
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