Snugpack Ionosphere Review 2014/03/31
If you are looking for a tent then you must be certain what features
you nee. If you are not clear then it’s very easy to be distracted by
the huge selection in the market. So what do you need to look for in a
tent? This review on the Snugpack Ionosphere will perhaps help on
this topic too. Read our full review and field test.
So what type of things should one consider when looking for a tent.
- Stable in high winds?
- Porch for cooking?
These are some of the questions you may ask yourself, also think about
what type of trips you are going on and how long you will be in the
tent, longer the trips may mean you will need a more comfortable tent.
Most tents will have a specific end use in mind, buying any outdoor
product is all about matching the manufacturers ideas with your own
The Snugpack Ionosphere Review
It’s a 1 person tent/bivi that’s inner
first pitching with a low weight of 1.52kg and a small pack size to
match. Both fly and groundsheet are waterproofed to 5000mm which offer
great protection from the elements, during a 4 day wild camping trip
the tent faced a lot of rain mixed with high winds, none of which got
into the tent. The poles used in the Ionosphere are top quality DAC
Featherlites which are lightweight, strong and pretty much the best on
The Ionosphere offers a good night’s
sleep on shorter hikes. I say this because it’s a very small shelter,
it’s literally a big bivi and with no porch to speak of as well as
limited head space it can feel rather small. This makes admin a slight
headache but it’s achievable with some yoga skills! I did push this
design to the limit, I am about 185cm in height… However once you are
inside and lying down its very roomy and my feet did not touch the end
of the tent. This is with my rucksack and clothes above my head in the
storage area of the tent.
Out in North Wales the Ionosphere took a battering. Gusts were so strong
a couple of the pegs were slightly bent by the morning but the tent
showed no sign of concern. I wanted to test the tent in a mountain
environment but in my opinion this design of tent is suited for
valley/forest camping. Out in a real life test pitching the Snugpak is
straightforward but it can take a while to finely tune the pitch to get
the fly under tension, as its inner first you had better hope it’s not
raining heavily whilst you are trying to get the tent up. The stuff bag
is very good and has spare space so it’s not a nightmare to get back in,
packing away the Ionosphere is a really easy process.
I think the best way to use this tent would be in summer where you could
leave the fly at home, pitch a tarp and have the Ionosphere’s midge
inner to sleep in. That would offer you a very lightweight camping
system that’s super breathable for those warm muggy evenings. I know
this is how I will be using the tent in the warmer months. The addition
of the tarp allows you room to cook and do admin whilst leaving the
Ionosphere for sleeping only.
For the bushcrafters used to a bivi the
Ionosphere makes a great step up. Especially if you have a small tarp to
bring along to sort out the lack of admin room. This makes the
Ionosphere would be ideal for valley and forest camping. When erected it
has a very small footprint. Its green colour help a lot for wild camping
especially if suitable larger pitch spots are hard to find the
Ionosphere can be pitched on a very small patch of ground.
Tent for bushcraft forest camping? Got a tarp? Get an Ionosphere to get
3 season flexibility.