Gear Guide 2009: Brooks Range Ultralight Guide Tarp Review

Our top ultralight tarp ensures versatility with no weight.

Top Ultralight

The only limit on ways to pitch this tarp is your imagination: It has 19 guyout points. The ripstop nylon tarp will shelter up to three in a pinch, but testers say two is best. Bonus: A seam of Velcro along the edges converts the tarp into an emergency bivy sack or protection for an injured hiker who needs to be transported. $145; 11 oz.