The Alpini is quite possibly the lightest, smallest, most packable-est shelter that squeezes by the Elk Mountain Grand Traverse checklist. Alpini refers to a historical Italian infantry division who dominated the high mountains using light-n-fast tactics. The shelter is essentially a frameless tent, providing protection from the wind and rain while trapping some heat. If you need to bivouac or just want to stop for a pleasant lunch in a storm, whip up the Alpini and ignore your surroundings. The breatheable fabric and vents minimize condensation of your breath and sweat.
Two average-sized humans with a moderate amount of flexibility and coordination can squeeze into this shelter, though you will use every nook and cranny of extra space. One average-sized human can fit in the shelter with a backpack, poles, a bit of extra head room, and a deck of cards.
|Dimensions||Packed: 6" x 5"
Unpacked: 47.6" x 38.7" x 25.2"
|Skimo Co Says|
|Usage||A rapidly deployable, highly compressible, and impressively versatile emergency shelter that most backcountry travelers should keep handy.|
|Notes||Warms up frighteningly quick with two people inside.|
|Bottom Line||The best "Boy that weather sure came in quick" insurance money can buy.|