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Snugpak Stratosphere (2013)

£120.00

A big turn-off when it comes to bivvy bags is the feeling of claustrophobia – understandable when many are akin to only slightly more respiration-friendly body bags. The Snugpak Stratosphere sidesteps this by featuring two poles around the head area, which make things within much airier. Not only that, but beneath the rainflap at the back is an open vent ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 5
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PHD Sleeping Bag Cover (2013)

£80.00

Not strictly designed to be used outdoors – that is, outside of a more structured shelter or at the very least a tarp – the PHD Sleeping Bag Cover will at just 165g nonetheless appeal to minimalists who are happy to save weight and tolerate a certain lack of, how shall we say, finesse. This is a quality product (everything ...

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Rab Storm Bivi (2013)

£70.00

Made of heavy-duty nylon and in the arresting colour of emergencies, the Rab Storm Bivi is designed to offer the compact protection of, say, the £190 Mountain Equipment Borealis but at a price that doesn’t break the bank. It’s made from proprietary fabric Hyperlite, which is waterproof, breathable and pretty robust with it. It won’t hit the same performance levels ...

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Backpacking Light Solo Tarp (2013)

£55.00

If you’re new to tarping, then the Backpacking Light Solo Tarp is a good option as it comes with a DVD that explains the art and craft of tarping, but it’s also slightly larger than other minimalist designs, so it provides a little more protection for you and your gear. There are 12 rigging points around the edge with an ...

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Alpkit Rig 7 (2013)

£50.00

The Alpkit Rig 7 offers the classic tarp design of a large rectangle of fabric that can provide shelter for several people, but with the addition of numerous reinforced rigging points that are evenly spaced across the whole tarp. These additional rigging points can be used as guy line attachments or as pegging points around the base, which means it’s ...

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Rab Siltarp (2013)

£50.00

  At 230g the Rab Siltarp is a very lightweight option, but is smaller than other tarps, so really it’s best used as a solo shelter. It’s very much a minimalist design but is more in keeping with traditional tarps, being a basic rectangle of material that isn’t supplied with pegs, guy lines or poles, so you’ll have to add ...

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MSR E-Wing (2013)

£140.00

The MSR E-Wing takes the standard rectangular tarp shape and adds additional material at each end to allow more protection at the porches when pitched as an A-frame. This is very welcome and it makes the E-Wing ideal for use in general tarping situations where you aren’t going to require the most elaborate of pitching options. The tarp has guy ...

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Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo (2013)

£143.00

To save weight the Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo has no inner and outer, and is just a single-skin tent with a mesh section around the lower edges to keep midges out while allowing air in to help manage condensation. There are no poles or pegs either, which is why it weighs in at just 895g, but you will need to ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
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Aztec Rapido (2013)

£120.00

The Aztec Rapido is more of a basic shelter than a conventional tent, as you get just a single-skin design with no inner and no porch. But there is lots of space inside and you get all that for just 1745g and £120, which is very appealing. There is just one main pole and so it pitches easily with this ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 3
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Aztec Rapido 2 (2013)

£120.00

The Aztec Rapido 2 is a single-skin tent, so there’s no inner, outer and porch area; it’s just a shelter with acres of space inside. This does have huge advantages as it results in a weight of just 1776g, so if weight saving is your priority the Rapido 2 is the best tent here. It pitches pretty easily with a ...

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Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo (2012)

£143.00

The Gram-Counter Gear Litehouse Solo is a single-skin tent with a mesh perimeter to the groundsheet to keep the bugs at bay while still allowing plenty of airflow. It weighs in at a very respectable 895g for the tent, guy lines and stuffsack, but that is all you get for your money. So you have to add on the price ...

  • LFTO.com rating rating is 4
  • Owners' rating rating is 4
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Integral Designs Siltarp 2011

£72.00

Integral Designs is one of many small US companies that produce small amounts of specialist and technical outdoor, backpacking and expedition equipment. They have several tarps of different designs, and hybrid shelters, but the Siltarp we tested is the most basic model – a classic tarp. DesignThe Integral Designs Siltarp is designed for one and is a plain rectangle of ...

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MSR E-Wing 2011

£125.00

MSR stands for Mountain Safety Research, suggesting a ‘belt and braces’ approach; but ‘lightweight and performance’ are probably more apt. The E-Wing takes the classic simple tarp rectangle and aims to add a little extra protection. DesignThe MSR E-Wing has a very basic design. It’s essentially just a large fabric sheet with the only detailing on the main body being ...

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