EMS Sugar Shack Tent Improvements for 2013

Backpacking / Gear

In April, I was treated to a sneak peek of the 2013 EMS Sugar Shack 2-person and 3-person tents featuring some thoughtful new improvements that make our best-selling backpacking tents even more trail worthy. Before I break down the new features, here’s a look back at what campers have been enjoying for the past three years.

While the overall size and design of the 2013 Sugar Shack are pretty much the same, one thing will jump out at you immediately.


The front view of the 2013 Sugar Shack 3 tent.

Now, I know that aesthetics are the last factor you should consider when buying any type of performance outdoor gear, but the new color alone made me want to buy a Sugar Shack even though I’m perfectly happy with my six-year old EMS Star 2. In addition to the color, take a look at the re-designed front vestibule which rolls UP rather than to the side. The reason EMS Camping Product Manager Wes Green and his team made this change is so the vestibule can be extended out and attached to trekking poles to create an awning for more shelter from rain.


The rear view of the 2013 EMS Sugar Shack 3 tent.

The view from the back of the Sugar Shack shows that the rear vestibule, or “garage” as our sponsored athlete Joe Kinder described it is back, along with two new ventilation flaps at the top of tent.


A close-up look at one of the two ventilation flaps in the roof the 2013 EMS Sugar Shack 3 tent. Note the velcro tabs so the flap can be closed in extreme weather.

As you can see in the close-up, the support mechanism is collapsible with velcro on either side so the flap can be closed and sealed tight in windy/rainy conditions.

Another cool, new feature in the Sugar Shack is the connection between the exterior fly and the interior tent wall. When you extend the guy line it brings the interior wall with it to increase the interior space.


Speaking of interior space, the Sugar Shack 3 gives you 42.6 square feet of interior space while the Sugar Shack 2 offers 32.7 square feet. Whichever tent you choose, you get all the space you need along with  lots of interior pockets and a gear loft to stow small essentials. The Sugar Shack 2 weighs 5 pounds, 7 ounces and the three-person edition weighs 6 pounds, 1 ounce. Not exactly ultralight but for campers and hikers who like their space and comfort, the Sugar Shack is poised to deliver a lot more of both for the 2013 season.

If you have any questions about the Sugar Shack be sure to give our customer service team a call at 888-463-6367.



Jim Darroch

Jim's love for the outdoors began with family camping trips in "Brady Bunch" style canvas tents and progressed to backpacking adventures with the Boy Scouts. In 2007, he fulfilled his teenage dream by joining Eastern Mountain Sports as Brand Communications Manager. When he's not in the office, you'll find Jim kayaking, hiking, and mountain biking around the Monadnock Region and throughout New England with his wife Brenda and his dog Brewski.