The SplitWing is our most minimal shelter for people whose top priority is achieving the lowest weight possible without compromising weather coverage. Designed with thru-hikes and FKTs in mind, the SplitWing and its modular accessories are adaptable to the wide range of conditions that are likely to be encountered on a 4-month-plus adventure.
When used on its own, the SplitWing is palatial for one and cozy for two. A pair of hardcore UL hikers (or very close friends) will appreciate sharing a shelter that packs down to the size of a grapefruit and weighs less than two packs of ramen per person.
At 7.9oz (224g) without the 6 included DAC j-stakes (10.3oz (292g) all-in), the SplitWing is damn light. Strategically-placed reinforcements made of our Expedition Series fly fabric keep the SplitWing in one piece when conditions get gnarly.
Unlike most shaped tarps, the SplitWing can be pitched with the front trekking pole anywhere between 105cm-120cm thanks to its front "wings", allowing you to prioritize floor area and storm protection with a low pitch, or provide generous headroom when pitched high. It's closed at the foot end to reduce drafts and increase weather protection.
The optional vestibule covers the front opening of the tarp, providing 360-degree coverage, perfect for those who are looking for the light weight of a minimal tarp shelter but would rather not give up the comfort and security of a tent. Add the SplitWing Mesh Body and the full system offers all the protection, versatility, and coziness of a double-wall tent but at a scant 21oz trail weight!
Not using trekking poles? Order some SplitWing Carbon Poles from Ruta Locura. These are sized specifically for the SplitWing and come in adjustable or non-adjustable options, providing total versatility for your SplitWing.
Check out the SplitWing Bundle to get the SplitWing, the Mesh Body, and Vestibule together at a discount!
- UL shelter for 1-2 hikers
- Front pole can be pitched from 105cm-120cm
- Can be optimized for headroom or width
- Apex guy points allow the tarp to be set up between two trees
- Reinforcement panels at high-stress areas
- Enclosed foot area provides more shelter from wind and rain than open tarps
- 9 perimeter stakeout loops
- 2 side guyout points
- Front guylines with clips for easy entry/exit
- Front wings provide storm coverage while pitching taught at a range of heights
|Minimum Weight||7.9oz (224g)|
|Packaged Weight||11.1 oz (315g)|
|Packed Size||8" x 4" x 4" (20cm x 10cm x 10cm)|
|Floor Dimensions||90" x 60"-72" (head, depending on pitch height) / 36" (foot) (229cm x 152cm-182cm / 92cm)|
|27-32 sq ft (2.51-2.97sq m) (depending on pitch height)|
|41"-47" (104cm-119cm) (head), 24" (61cm)(foot)
10D Nylon 66 Ripstop Sil/Sil 1200mm
|Reinforcement Fabric||20D Nylon Ripstop PE 1800mm|
I have currently hiked NoBo about 900 miles on the Pacific Crest Trail and have used this as my shelter system for about half of that. It will go with me all the way to Canada and beyond. After replacing my very popular tent I saved almost a full pound, not to mention all the space in my pack. I use the tent with the vestibule and the removable floor. I plan to add the he mesh body when I get to Oregon when I will need to keep the bugs out. For now that has not been an issue. As currently configured it weighs 13.2 ounces and packs down so small most other hikers think I am lying to them when I tell them that it is my shelter. When they realize that I am telling the truth I can see them start drooling over it. Lol. One fellow thru-hiker just bought one. The first night I set it up in the desert there were sustained winds of over 40 miles per hour the whole night and it did not phase my Split Wing! I have been rained on multiple times and never gotten wet. I can sit up in it comfortably and even cook in my vestibule in bad weather. There is easily enough room for 2 people and it seems like a hiker’s palace with just 1. You just can not go wrong with this shelter for it’s amazing combination of weight, price, packability, interior volume, versatility and comfort. I highly recommend it. 😎 -Smooth
I picked up a Splitwing tarp and door set up at pct trail days this past summer and hiked with it for about 1200 miles, calling it my home from August to November. As one might expect you see every type of weather when you're on the trail in the fall and I can for sure say I love this tarp and it has become my go to shelter for sure. I used a piece of polycro as a groundsheet and with the steaks and everything this setup came in at just under 15 ounces. This tarp had way less condensation than I was anticipating and held up great even in snow. In heavy wind it never once seemed close to falling over and was easy to set up. The door is also nifty and simple and totally worth its 2 ounces. This tarp helped me lower my base weight significantly at a great price point and offers much more protection then a flat tarp setup. Like I said I love this tarp but I did find that the seam running perpendicular to the tents ridge leaked a fair amount during a pretty severe thunder storm at chicken springs lake in the Sierra which was a disappointment as I was told it wouldn't need seam sealed. After I seam sealed it I didn't have any problems and used it through a few more stormy and snowy nights.
Hey Cabbage! Glad the SplitWing worked for you! Do you have any photos of the seams leaking? This is the first we've ever heard of this issue. We'd like to get a look at your tarp to see if this is just an isolated incident or something we need to address on a larger scale. If you could send me an email at email@example.com that would be great!
Was sleeping on top of an exposed ridge, later that night the wind picked up to 100km/h and gusting at 130km/h, I was a bit concerned that the tarp wouldn't hold up that great in such strong winds, but in the morning it was the only shelter still standing, even some 4 season tents were flattened. I highly recommend this tarp, just make sure nothing can be blown away since it doesn't have a floor, I nearly lost my all my stuff sacs because they weren't in my bag.
Took this tiny little ball of nylon out for the first time last night. Camped in a meadow at around 6k', and while the weather was nice that evening, it turned to rain and wind for the majority of the night. I stayed bone dry under the tarp.
This thing sets up TIGHT, and the attention to detail is top-notch. Only comes with six DAC j-stakes, so if you want to guy out the sides for extra room (which I highly recommend), you'll need to add a couple more. I'm 6'2" 210lbs and had plenty of room to sit up, turn around, change layers, organize my gear, etc. For the weight, this offers a truly amazing amount of livability. We're just about done with bug season in the cascades, but I'm already drooling over the mesh insert for next summer.
I also plan to use this tarp for my SAR emergency shelter, and while it's tuned precisely to give one person the space they need, you could cram another person (spouse, SAR subject, etc) in there without too much difficulty.
I've only spent some time in the yard with it so far, but since Richard gave his blessing you can read about my initial impressions here- http://fivestarhikes.com/index.php/2019/07/04/slingfin-splitwing-ul-tarp/
I'm taking it to Zion in 3 weeks and hope to have some feedback from use in the field after that. Barring any unexpected misadventures, this is going to become my top shelter when bug pressure isn't an issue. It's unbelievable how small and light it is, even with the groundsheet and vestibule. A super well thought-out system.