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 these yourself. There are plenty of points to peg or guy the tarp around its edges, but only one additional rigging point in the centre, although this still allows a good variety of pitching options. As this is a smaller option than others, it can be pitched in smaller areas, which makes it useful for one person trying to find shelter among rocks or in dense woodland. It packs down so small that you could put it in your pocket, and if you normally walk with a pair of trekking poles the Rab Siltarp is a great additional piece of kit that can be easily transformed into a lightweight solo shelter.
Fabric 30D silicone-coated ripstop Cordura
Packed size 15x9cm
Weight 230g (without guy lines, pegs or poles)
The Rab Siltarp is the best choice for solo weight saving in our buyer’s guide.
Review by Graham Thompson
First published in Trail magazine August 2013