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 additional two lifting points in the centre of the tarp, so it allows far more ways of creating the ideal shelter in a wider variety of conditions than other tarps. Like all classic tarp designs it doesn’t come with pegs, guy lines or poles, so you’ll need a pair of trekking poles if you want to pitch this away from woodland. The Backpacking Light Solo Tarp weighs in at 280g, which isn’t the lightest solo shelter there is, but when you allow for the extra size and flexibility of pitching options, then it’s a great option for soloists. It’s only available direct from the backpacking light website.
Fabric 40D silicone-coated nylon
Packed size 25x6cm
Weight 280g (without guy lines, pegs or poles)
The Backpacking Light Solo Tarp is the best choice for solo flexibility in our buyer’s guide.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013