Back in the 19th 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 400 is inspired by these tough Alpinis. In concept the UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter is quite simple—essentially it’s a frameless tent—a box of hi-tech fabric that provides protection from wind and rain, trapping and retaining the body heat from one or more people. As a result the UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter creates a cocoon of protection from the threat of hypothermia and wind chill. The UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter is perfect 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. To provide shelter from the wind, cold and rain while eating lunch or just taking a break just pull it out and climb inside. The Brooks-Range UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter 400 is made with high tenacity ripstop nylon, giving it superior tear and abrasion resistance while keeping it light and compact. Ideal for three to four backcountry travelers, the relief from cold and inclement weather is immediate once inside. With only four 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 400 will become a essential item on any equipment list, an attractive alternative to the standard bivy bag in that the UltraLite™ Alpini Shelter 400 weights less, packs smaller and is more versatile.