Back in the 17th century, 1872 to be exact, the Italians formed the Alpinis, an elite corps of infantrymen skilled in alpine warfare. Nobody fought like the Alpinis. More than 200 years later the Alpinis are still some of the best trained and equipped mountain troops in the world. Our UltraLite Alpini Shelter 200 is inspired by these tough Alpinis. The UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter is a simple concept—essentially a frameless tent. The UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter is a hi-tech fabric box that provides highly effective protection from wind and rain, trapping and retaining the body heat from one or more people. By creating a warm local environment, the UltraLite Alpini Shelter provides protection from the threat of hypothermia and wind chill. The UltraLite Alpini Shelter is used for lunch and rest stops (the length does not facilitate replacing this with a traditional tent for overnight camping), when pitching a tent would be too time consuming and impractical. The UltraLite Alpini Shelter can be quickly and simply pulled overhead, to provide shelter from the wind, cold and rain while eating lunch or just taking a break. The Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 200 is made with high tenacity ripstop nylon, giving this shelter superior tear and abrasion resistance, while keeping it light and compact. Ideal for one or two backcountry travelers, the relief from cold and inclement weather is immediate once inside this simple shelter. With two people inside, it warms up in less than 10 minutes. Condensation is kept to a minimum thanks to breathable fabric and generously sized vents. For most people going out into the backcountry, the UltraLite Alpini Shelter 200 will become an essential item on any equipment list, an attractive alternative to the standard bivy bag that weights less, packs smaller and is more versatile.