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When you get down to the basics of ultralight backpacking, it's hard to beat a tarp's versatility and ability to provide the most shelter for the weight. But many backpackers are concerned that a skimpy one-person tarp or poncho-tarp doesn't provide enough shelter, especially in wind-driven rain. Enter the Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn. As the name implies, it's a two-person tarp, but since it weighs only 8 ounces (2.2 ounces more than Gossamer Gear’s SpinnSolo tarp), even solo hikers can enjoy extra space at virtually no weight penalty. How well does that approach work in practice?

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