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A multi-day ski tour in the late spring requires a lot of necessary gear, and the Rab Element 2 Shelter enables you to cut weight while still providing ample shelter for the milder weather. Its floorless design lets you carve out a comfortable basecamp in the snow, and it also works with the Element 2 Bug Tent (sold separately) to create a solid shelter against biting insects and summer storms.

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Shorty Creek Alaska

Shorty Creek Alaska

RAB Element 2

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Awesome picture Fro !!!

I selected this image to feature on the homepage of in our Activity Feed! Congrats on being GOATWORTHY !!!

5 5

Great Shelter With Modifications

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I?ve got 600-plus off-trail backpacking overnights in the Talkeetna Mountains of Alaska using flat shelter tarps and trekking poles. I bought this item for its light weight

My RAB Element 2 Shelter works great?with two modifications which the manufacturer ought to make known and/or available to prospective users.

The RAB 2 came with little metal stakes which easily pull out---barely useable on uneven ground or tundra. On a 5-day trek in early July I left the metal stakes home and took my usual, beefy, plastic stakes---two heavy ones for the guy lines (which I added) and eight medium-size plastic stakes for the tarp tent itself.

I tied parachute cord to the tips of my trekking poles and passed them up through the eyelets (for the pole tips) in order to run a guy line at either end to the heavier stakes. This stabilized the tarp-tent considerably and tightened up the walls. There probably should be sewn-in loops for the extra guy lines but I managed without them

I also ran a cord from pole-tip to pole-tip inside the shelter---this is for drying gear and further stabilizes the structure.

The RAB 2 was my base camp. Enough room for myself, 12-pounds of camera gear and a big pack dog at one end when it rained. Two people? Small and in love or very minimalist types.

I like the fitted tent-design and the zippered ends for convenient ventilation or shutting out the elements. The pointed ends form nice vestibules.

Love the light weight since I?ve been using a much larger, three-pound Kevlar tarp. Of course I worry about the occasional 80 mile-per-hour winds that pulled stakes and left stretch marks on my much stronger Kevlar tarp. I?ll deal with that by staking the RAB 2 low as possible in a storm (or wrapping myself in it) and securing all loose items inside my pack.

I really like this shelter-tarp.

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Amazing review Fro!
Thanks so much for sharing your extensive experience with this product!

1 5


  • Familiarity: I returned this product before using it

Hiked the AT in December and January from Harpers Ferry to Killington with a 7x9 tarp. Did Katahdin to Monson and Maryland's C&O Canal in summer with a 5x7 tarp. Saw this and thought great a flat tarp with a beak end, I won't have to use a rain jacket to shield my head anymore. What a disappointment. Not sure how to seam seal it with the reinforcing fabric covering the interior ridge stitching. Set it up to see if it was worth the trouble. Goes up easy but those eyelets are going to leak if it is strung up between two trees. And they are closer together than I expected. Using trekking poles I didn't fit at 5'11" and 160lbs. I was brushing against the poles or the sides even on a diagonal. Looked like there would be a lot of condensation in a storm or cold weather. Forgot when I ordered it how frustrating I find operating european zippers. They're on the opposite side.

One Person Or Two?

One Person Or Two?

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Two. But a snug two. I'd tape the length and width out on the floor with masking tape to make sure you're comfortable with the amount of space you have.

Can someone show the set up for the Rab...

Can someone show the set up for the Rab Element 2 shelter?

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You can check out more photos of setting up the Rab Element on their website:

You can check out more photos of setting up the Rab Element on their website: