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Rab Element 1 Shelter

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    The Rab Element 1 Shelter is made for the extreme minimalist who needs quick protection for fast-and-light trips. Whether you’re hiking to a remote destination or cross-country skiing to a frozen lake, this ultralight shelter easily sets up with two poles and keeps you completely dry thanks to its waterproof 30D Cordura nylon construction and fully taped seams. Two guyline points provide additional stability against strong winds and the open ends and floorless design give you room for a dugout basecamp in snowy conditions. The Element 1 can also be combined with modular components to create a year-round shelter system.

    • Waterproof 30D Cordura nylon
    • Fully taped seams
    • One-person capacity
    • Three-season floorless design
    • Minimalist design using two poles (not included)
    • Two guyline points, open ends
    • Can be combined with modular components
    • Item #RAB00BT

    Tech Specs

    30D Cordura nylon
    requires 2 trekking poles or ski poles
    Poles Included
    fully taped
    86.6 x 39.4 in
    Floor Space
    18.94 sq ft
    Packed Weight
    11 oz
    Recommended Use
    ultralight backpacking
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    Pretty sweet ultralight shelter

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I have been ultralight backpacking for several years now and have tried many types of shelters. I love Tarps for the openness and natural breathability they offer. The primary strengths of this shelter are weight and easy pitch. Pitching the sides a few inches off the ground is the best approach but will expose you somewhat to wind blown rain. As with any minimalist tarp I would suggest carrying a lightweight bivy to protect from over spray of wind blown rain. You don't need to use the bivy unless those conditions are expected. After attaching guylines, which are not provided, the tarp weighs only 7.9oz. The provided stakes add another 3oz and so you are all in at about 11oz. You can easily find lightweight bivy's for 6-8oz and so have a full shelter system for just over a pound. To me this is a pretty ideal setup for through hiking where you are normally below treeline since trees can offer natural wind protection that would eliminate the primary weakness of this shelter.

    Pretty sweet ultralight shelter

    SImple and lightweight

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    I use this for bike packing in conjunction with a bivy (In unpredictable weather) in the summer I use just the tarp but I rode a multi day trail in iceland and attached one side to my bike and tied the other sides down with rocks and bivyed underneath.

    Differences between this and the tarp

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    Bottom line, the Element is an tarp optimized for using in an A configuration. Points of optimization are: reinforced corners with loops for tent stakes or guylines; caternary cut ridgeline; reinforced peaks with brass grommet for holding a trekking pole tip; lower height over the foot.

    I debated a long time between this and the Rab Siltarp 1. I could not figure out from the descriptions why there would be a four ounce difference between the two. I decided on this one and here's the difference -- this one comes with 6 aluminum stakes (2.5 oz) and a separate stake bag. The tarp itself is 7 oz -- the same weight as the siltarp. It's slightly smaller but the weight is made up with use of two brass grommets and extra reinforcement of the peaks.
    I'm taking off a star for not documenting the stakes in their product info (Rab doesn't mention them on their website, it's not surprising Backcounty doesn't mention them either).

    Perfect for Lightweight Backpacking

    • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

    I packed the Rab Element 1 for a recent Grand Canyon Rim to Rim to Rim trip. Although I only used it once over the 6 day trip, it was a perfect shelter for the rain that fell at the end of a very hot day and didn't add much weight or bulk to my pack. It will definitely be my go to for future trips.

    Go light!

    • Familiarity: I've used it several times

    I had to carry the heaviest pack I've ever worn on a week-long trip recently and was so happy that I didn't have a tent dragging me down even more. This is really all you need for almost all situations. Also fun to rig it different ways - was used often as a sun shade for the whole group on the trip.