Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Inexpensive and Strong 4 Season Backpacking / Bushcraft / Bug Out Shelte...

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It has become increasingly clear to me over the last couple of months that there are a lot of people who are seeking out inexpensive shelter options which offer full protection and are of good quality.  A shelter system for backpacking, camping, bugging out and even bushcraft doesn’t have to be expensive and this is one of those options.

More to come!


Video Links :

Tarp Video :

IBNS Video :

Military Surplus Adventure :

Bushcraft Overnight Trip :


2 Components –

Catoma IBNS and British Military Basha Tarp

Total Cost : Will vary depending on where you purchase and condition :

Should easily be able to put it together for around $120 give or take.

Total weight of the system minus guy lines and stakes will be around 4lbs

This system provides full bug protection and full weather protection at a decent cost.  With the proper knowledge on tarp setups, you can enjoy the full benefits of a tent setup but with the variety and versatility of a tarp.

Small Form factor.


Catoma Adventure Shelters IBNS (Improved BedNet System)


Height : 26”

90” L x 33” W

Cost : Purchased on Amazon these run $100 new but you can easily find used military surplus on ebay for around $60.

** If you purchase used, make sure the quality is good.

70 Denier Ripstop Nylon

•      Currently under contract with US Army and Marines
•      Embedded Permethrin insect protection
•      Self supporting and sets up in seconds
•      Packs down to 13" x 13" x 3"

Has been tested and excelled in many climates around the world

Base Tent for Wolverine and Armadillo Fly systems • Weighs less than 2 lbs. • Sets up instantly and packs down in moments. • Use in the field or on a cot using the built-in attachments. • Floor is made of heavy duty 75D ripstop, exceeding mil-spec toughness.

98600 - Burrow IBNS - Coyote Brown - Import98627 - Burrow IBNS - Coyote Brown - Berry Compliant Made in USA

NSN: 3740-01-543-5652

The Improved Bed Net System (IBNS) was originally designed to fit securely onto a military cot with webbing and side release buckles on all four corners. After initial fielding, we were informed that Marines liked the product so much that they were deploying it in the field as well. In response, we ruggedized the design, creating the capability to add a rainfly. We have since delivered hundreds of thousands on contract. After yet another round of improvements, we are proud to re-introduce the Burrow™ IBNS with enhanced capability, more user friendly features, and improved parts and fittings.

The Burrow’s instant deployment and cot compatibility make it an efficient, fast-access shelter to protect users from insects and a great shelter for medical patients in the field. It is EPA registered and has Permethrin bonded to the material for insect repellency. The Burrow is supported by a strong and ultra-light .134” diameter pultruded fiberglass rod which winds through the shelter, expanding it to its given shape. When the rolled up Burrow’s cinch strap is removed, the shelter is released and snaps into shape automatically. No assembly or set-up is required.

Can be turned into a tent with some rather pricey additional purchases.


British Military Basha Tarp :

Price : Around $50 from the UK and that should include the shipping fees.  Typically these sale for around $25 plus $20 for shipping.

This British DPM Basha/Tarp is superb piece of kit as it lightweight, highly packable and strong.

woodland DPM and latest MTP multicam versions

A lightweight, robust shelter sheet featuring a fully tape-seamed hem and reinforced suspension points and attachment loops. It also has press studs attached so you can attach more than one together making a supremely versatile shelter sheet.

    Compact & lightweight

    PU Coated Ripstop Polyester

    British DPM

    16 x suspension points

    2 x mosquito net suspension points

    Weight: 2lbs 5oz

   Measurements:8’3” x 6’11”

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