If you haven’t learned to set up an A-frame flat tarp, it might be time to learn. Hyperlite calls their Ultamid the lightest tent ever made, weighing in at only 1.19 pounds. If that’s anything to go off, their Flat Tarp setup can only be the lightest tarp setup in existence – weighing only .55 pounds total – an impressive amount for any shelter. Made from ultralight Dyneema composite fabric (also known as Cuben Fiber), one of the strongest-yet-lightest materials in existence, the Hyperlite Flat Tarp comes in two sizes –a ” x 8’6″ square or a 8′ x 10′ rectangle. The edges are flat and the corners are square, and it’s non-catenary cut, which allows it to be just a little bit more versatile in where and how you set it up.
It’s made with fully-bonded seams, including radial double reinforced tie-outs with line locks – 16 on the perimeter – and four tie-outs placed in the center, one-third, and two-thirds of the interior body. Hyperlite says it has “near non-permeability” as one of its main attributes. In other words, water can’t get through, and neither can sunlight and UV rays. It includes 10 guylines and a stuff sack for stashing it all.
Simple and classic. And at half a pound, this literally might be the lightest shelter you’re going to find for backpacking. If speed and ultra-minimalism are the name of your game, the Hyperlite Flat Tarp is exactly what you need. The stakes are sold separately, which will add a little more weight to the entire kit. But considering how little it weighs already, we think you’ve got some room to play with in that pack.