Another new Tarptent is coming - the third new one this year! Earlier this year Henry Shires introduced the Rainbow and Double Rainbow, both radically departing from traditional Tarptents. Now Henry goes back to his roots and gives us the Contrail, an A-frame front/wedge rear design for fast and light solo hikers. It’s lighter than many bivy sacks, has no poles to insert, and can be set up in a minute (or two)!
By Will Rietveld
Will Rietveld Ph.D, Senior Editor for Gear and Apparel, joined the BPL staff in April 2004. In his former career, Will was a research scientist, project manager, and R&D program administrator. Now retired, he lives in southern Colorado where he takes up a new career of backpacking year-round in the mountains and canyon country of the Southwest. During the summer months Will and his wife Janet are volunteer wilderness rangers in the Weminuche Wilderness. He has been a lightweight backpacker for 52 years and an ultralight backpacker for 13 years.