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Rig 7 Tarp

30d siliconised Cordura ripstop nylon tarp, the ultimate in versatile lightweight shelter for backpackers, bikepackers and alpinists

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The Rig 7 has received glowing reviews from both printed and online magazines due to its built-in versatility, low weight and durability.

The 8 lift points across the face of the tarp and the 16 edge tie-downs allow the Rig 7 to be pitched in an almost limitless number of configurations.

All these points have been reinforced with Hypalon rubber to ensure they don’t let you down when the weather turns.

The 30 den Cordura fabric is fully taped on the underside to stop any water coming through, and the siliconised coating on the top side reduces water build up. At 2.4 m long and 2.8 m wide the Rig 7 is comfortably large enough to sleep up to 4 people underneath it.

Key features
  • 3 Year Alpine Bond
  • Ideal for group use
  • Stuff sack included
  • Walking poles (pictured) are not included.
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Vital stats

Sleeps: 2 - 3


Fabric: 30D PU coated siliconised Cordura fabric
Attachment points: 24 reinforced hypalon rig points: 8 lifter tabs, 16 exterior tie down points


Total Weight (inc. stuff sack): 550 g
Open dimensions: 2.4 x 2.8 m
Stuffed size: 8 x 18 x 18 cm

Origin: China

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If one of our products does not meet your expectations upon delivery or, if it does not live up to the demands placed upon it, please return it within 3 years of purchase for repair, replacement or refund. If the problem is our fault then we will do this to your satisfaction if it’s your fault then we will help out the best we can.


7 Reviews


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Mark Mulrain
So versatile

I've slept under it, made a social area in the campsite, kept gear dry under it. Great for creating a screen to allow some privacy too.

The attachment points are what sets this apart from some cheap tarp for me. It makes it so easy to rig up and you have confidence in their strength.

Jason M
A proven and trusted piece of kit.

Have used the Rig7 on Offas Dyke, the Pennine Way and several short 3 day walks over the last 2 seasons. Pitches have varied from exposed windy and wet to quiet riverside/woodland settings. The tarp has coped with everything without a hitch, keeping me sheltered and dry even when blown almost flat on exposed upland pitches. I'm not particularly kind to my kit but the Rig7 has yet to show any signs of significant wear. Combined with a handful of bungee cords the extra lift points offer real versatility, enabling the utilisation of any available attachment point. Would benefit from a couple of loops on the inner face for hanging a light etc but this is a really impressive piece of kit.

Awesome tarp. Quality and flexibility in a minimalist package

This is an awesome tarp. The well thought out attachment points and the ability to set it up with karabiners (I used Alpkits own Clippers) makes it super flexible. I’ve combined it too with ultra light and strong dyneema cords with LineLoks fasteners with Alpkits TiPins and Y beams pegs. I've slept under it, with a Hunka bivvy bag, plus extended my 5 person tent in campsites, even used it attached to my MTB to keep me and my gear dry. Have used cheaper tarps previously, but none have come up to the quality of the Rig. I’ve no hesitation in recommending.

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Awesome kit for keeping the weight down on multi day trips. Guy points make it solid.

A Bloke

Well made, versatile tarp that stood up to strong winds and freezing fog leaving me snug and dry in my bivi. It was sagging a bit by the morning under the weight of moisture that had formed from the fog but might have been how I pitched it. A great piece of kit as always from Alpkit.

LJ Dellar
Perfect Partner for the Hunka

Used this and a Hunka XL instead of a tent for my most recent Dartmoor trip. More versatile and lighter than a tent and reassuringly tough and flexible if a quick configuration change is required.

I nearly always set up mine as a lean-to as I like to be as "outside" as possible. Walking poles are your friend on practically tree-less Dartmoor.

In the picture you might just be able to make out the Kraku burner, Alpkit walking poles, Hunka XL (Containing a Skyehigh 200) as well as the tarp...

My go-to hiking shelter

Great lightweight tarp, I use this (with a lightweight bivi) as my main hiking and kayak camping shelter. Not got wet yet even in high storms, definitely worth practicing different pitches for different situations.


Best of Test
Best Value

Trail magazine award Rig 7 with Best of Test and Best Value

Peter Macfarlane tests out some tarps for Trail Magazine's Group Test. Rig 7 comes out top with Best of Test and Best Value tarp.

It's the model that's best able to ride out bad weather conditions

Peter Macfarlane

It's also a lot of fun to use, even play with, and that kind of user involvement is part of what using a tarp is all about, and so the Rig 7 is a worthy winner

Peter Macfarlane

Trail April 2011 - Peter Macfarlane

Best Buy
5 Stars

TGO Magazine gives Rig 7 Best Buy

TGO Magazine's Chris Townsend reviews some tarps and gives the Alpkit Rig 7 a full 5 stars and awards it with Best Buy for flat tarps.

Of the flat tarps tested this is by far the best

Chris Townsend

TGO Magazine June 2013 - Chris Townsend

Best for Group Use

Trail magazine rates the Rig 7 as Best for Group Use

Graham Thompson tests out an array of tarps and rates the Alpkit Rig 7 as Best for Group Use.

In terms or price and that all-important versatility it's a clear winner for group use.

Graham Thompson

Trail August 2013 - Graham Thompson

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Joe's Rig set up

My minimalist tarp set up using the Alpkit rig 3.5. Absolutely crazily small pack size but full coverage. This set up was similar in size to a typical hooped bivi tent so only really suitable for overnight.

Joe OLeary

Wilderness Skills October 2015 - Joe O'Leary