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The mother of all expedition tents. READ MORE
Item# BD810010YELOALL1


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The mother of all expedition tents. Learn More


Expedition tested and trusted 4-person/4-season single-wall shelter that's exceptionally stable in windy conditions.

  • Four-person, 2-door, 2-vestibule design
  • Four interior poles intersect seven times for maximum strength
  • Four interior mesh pockets
  • ToddTexTM single-wall fabric
  • Optional ground cloth available

Tech Specs

Series :   Bibler Series
Season :   4
Capacity :   4
Doors :   2
Average Packed Weight :   4.42 kg (9 lb 12 oz)
Minimum Weight :   3.99 kg (8 lb 13 oz)
Dimensions :   229 x 203 x 203 x 112 cm (90 x 80 x 80 x 44 in)
Area :   4.6 m² (50 sq ft)
Vestibule Area :   1.8 m² (20 sq ft)
Packed Size :   20 x 51 cm (8 x 20 in)
Bombshelter Tent is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 6.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Bombshelter or Bear Shelter? After a miserable wet weekend with my wife camping, she said I could get whatever tent I wanted so long as it would keep us dry. So I did my research and bought this tent. So quiet, dry, durable, I loved this tent. While camping recently in the mountains of ID a bear decided he needed to know what was in the tent. (one tube of toothpaste later) it totally destroyed the tent and contents. I contacted the folks at BD and they took great care of me and offered a significant discount to replace the tent. Love doing business with my friends at BD. The name says it all, Great Tent...
Date published: 2017-11-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Winter Mountaineering Bomb Shelter I bought this tent for an expedition to Alaska because i liked its smaller sibling, the Fitzroy, so much. The Bomb Shelter is bombproof in bad weather, it's big enough to comfortably sleep a team of 3, its design is minimalist enough for hauling around on a long trip, and its yellow wall color is cheerful even on bad weather or rest days. I suggest buying an "attic" so that you have an off-the-floor platform for drying gloves etc.
Date published: 2016-01-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is my Tent! If you're looking for a tent for extreme winter camping then look no further. The main reason this single walled tent kick's so much butt, is the (Bibler) material is perfectly waterproof, amazingly durable and ridiculously breathable. The interior poles stretch the tent as tight as a drum, meaning wind and snow load have very little effect. But, the beauty is the almost total absence of condensation after even very cold nights. During the day, what little moisture that has crystallized on the roof of the tent, is evaporated through the material instead of melting and dripping on your sleeping bag. I've used mine for weeks at a time in windy Patagonia, rainy North Cascades, frigged interior British Columbia, as well as snowy Alaskan Glacier's and have been totally satisfied in every weather condition. The single walled design means you have less material and more interior space, without sacrificing a thing! If I was to alter anything about this tent, it would be to add a bit more space in the vestibule and to get them for all my friends, so they can stop being jealous.
Date published: 2013-05-20
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Heavy but bomber... I've had my Bombshelter for about 10 years. I feel a bit like a dork writing this review, as I don't really use it for mountaineering, but I have done a ton of winter car camping in it. Sure the desert in the winter isn't that cold, or the snowy, but damm the wind can blow (every been in J-Tree when it's on? I've been pulled sideways on handjams on a poorly selected route during a wind storm). That's where this tent excels for me (as it also keep dust out of my stuff during the day while I am climbing. I can think of a handful of times we took my wife's three season that I wish I had this tent to keep all the dirt out from the wind). You want to buy a tent and be done for a lifetime? This is a great tent, but it ain't light, it doesn't pack small, and it is pricey (maybe you can find it on the cheap like I did used). Also, like Gor-Tex this stuff doesn't breath in a humid environment and there aren't a ton of vents, just FYI.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bombproof, mostly This is an expedition-worthy tent in all respects, but definitely not for four people and gear. Just took it out on its maiden voyage to the St. Elias mountains at high altitude and cold temperatures and am very happy with how it performed. Several days of high winds and heavy snow loading didn't phase this tent at all; it has a lower profile design compared to other premier tent makers, which gives it a distinct advantage. Again, there is no way I would ever want to put four people in this tent if it weren't completely necessary, but with two you're loving life and with three 6' dudes it's manageable but getting pretty tight. BD provides several extra plastic clips (the clips are used to secure the tent poles from the inside) and my sense is that this will continue to be the one weak point in the design. I expect to order or request more of these clips to keep in the repair kit, as two have already cracked and broke.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Definitely Things to Improvement I live in Alaska and have owned the bombshelter tent for 6 years. I have taken this tent on four 7-10 day float trips in western Alaska in the fall (Temp 40 - 70 F). Lots of rain and wind. The tent does keep you dry and can withstand high winds. However, there is definitely room for improvement. 1. To set it up you have to crawl into a wet low tent laying on your back basically in a wet parachute. The four interior poles are simple to install, but my family and friends constantly give me stick for how hard or uncomfortable this tent is to set up. 2. The poles are held in place with a twist tie system that often doesn't work the first, second, or third time. Once you get them to hold, they are good. However, inside a wet parachute, they need to work the first time. 3. The front door and vestibule zip down to the ground and it gets very narrow for your body at the bottom of the zipper. Your dry sleep clothing is going to get wet as you open the door for the nightly whiz... For an old 54 year old, this is a pain. It is extremely difficult to zip the outer front fly and vestibule closed for a 6' man. 4. The front door and vestibule are difficult to crawl into (small and low). When it is raining, you get wet because of touching the wet outside material.
Date published: 2017-08-24
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