If you like to backpack and canoe in all conditions but need a rest break from the elements and insects then check out the VCS Backpacker system. Easy to pack, easy to set up, the VCS provides rain and shade protection and a bug-free environment with room to move.

*optional Mesh Room and Frame 

Kevin Callan finds the VCS very effective for keeping the bugs out.

But my all-time favourite weaponry against bugs is my Eureka Bug Tarp. The bug shelter (titled "Backpacker VCS shelter system" in the Eureka catalogue) is a regular rain tarp with a fine mesh netting attached to the four walls. The whole outfit weighs about five pounds. It also uses no-see-um netting, which makes the price a little high but far more effective against "punkies." The netting is attached to the four walls by plastic clips, making it possible to detach that section and just pack the tarp along during less buggy conditions.

Read more at http://www.paddling.net/guidelines/showArticle.html?209. From Kevin Callan's book The Happy Camper, published by Boston Mills Press/Firefly Books.

MSRP : $104.99

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  • Constructed with UV resistant Armatech polyester for years of dependable use.
  • Parawing design provides maximum rain/sun protection while effectively shedding wind.
  • 12-foot side measures with a 16-foot diagonal measure.
  • Side release buckle locations for quick attachment of optional bug room.


  • FLY: 75D Polyester 1500mm coating
  • WEIGHT: 4lb 8oz / 2.04kg
  • PACK SIZE: 6”x16" / 15x40cm