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 easy to fine-tune the tension of the tarp and create some interesting configurations of pitch. That makes this particularly suitable for use in woodland where you can suspend it from trees, while on moorland these additional rigging points can be raised via trekking poles. When pitched in the classic A frame style the Alpkit Rig 7 has good space for two campers with room for gear storage. At 494g this won’t win on weight alone, but in terms of price and that all-important versatility it’s a clear winner for group use. The Rig 7 is only available from Alpkit’s website and isn’t supplied with pegs, guy lines or poles.
Packed size 18x14cm
Weight 494g (without guy lines, pegs or poles)
The Alpkit Rig 7 is the best choice for group use in our buyer’s guide.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013