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A lightweight, 2-person tarp shelter, the Beta Light uses two trekking or ski poles for setup. READ MORE
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A lightweight, 2-person tarp shelter, the Beta Light uses two trekking or ski poles for setup. Learn More


A lightweight, two-person tarp shelter perfect for the minimalist backpacker, the Beta Light uses two adjustable trekking or ski poles for setup. Pair it with the Beta Bug tent when you think you may encounter a few mosquitoes in the Wind River Range.

  • Two-person capacity with one door
  • Requires two adjustable trekking or ski poles for setup (not included)
  • 30d SilNylon
  • Optional floor and bug netting available
  • Requires seam sealing with McNett Sil-Net Sealer (not included)

Tech Specs

Season :   4
Capacity :   2
Doors :   1
Average Packed Weight :   680 g (1 lb 8 oz)
Minimum Weight :   535 g (1 lb 3 oz)
Dimensions :   249 x 203 cm, center x 112 cm, ends (98 x 80, center x 44 in, ends)
Packed Size :   10 x 15 cm (4 x 6 in)
Outside Height :   124 cm (49 in)
Usable Height :   110 cm (43.5 in)
Usable Floor Space :   3.2 m² (34.7 sq ft)
Total Coverage :   4.7 m² (50.2 sq ft)
Beta Light Tent is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great ul tent Great tent, it’s extremely stable and extremely light. My only complaint is the seams not coming sealed but it’s no biggie.
Date published: 2018-10-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from One of the best values out there After many years of long-disance hiking, I was pretty sure that flat tarps were the way to go for 3-season backpacking. Then my friend, who spends every summer living out of a BetaLight while teaching NOLS courses in Colorado, persuaded me to try this thing. I went out and bought my own a month later. Is it heavier than a proper tarp? Sure. But it also... (1) Is easier and faster to pitch, especially in the rain. Tarp wizards will be outraged by this statement, but I have spent years trying to become a tarp wizard myself, and the hard truth is that I prefer pitching the BetaLight. Shoot me. (2) Is much more suitable for alpine environments where snow and heavy, shifting winds are a factor. (3) Is more enjoyable to do literally anything in. The space to spread out and sit up should not be underestimated, especially when you're hold up in bad weather. (4) Is private, and normal people who are skeptical of tarps will actually agree to share it with you. You might think that this is a joke, but I can't even count how many times otherwise adventuresome people have nixed the tarp, but been fine with the BetaLight. (5) Is refreshingly affordable. When I am solo, trying to string together 30+ mile days, or need just-in-case protection for a climbing bivy, I still use my cuben-fiber flat tarp. But 99% of the time, I grab the BetaLight. If I could only own one shelter, this would be it.
Date published: 2018-01-04
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I think this is the perfect two person tarp tent. Really great for one person with all their gear, but can accommodate two adults comfortably. Easy to pitch, light, stable in wind. I had one of the older coated nylon versions called a Betamid and this is just as good but lighter.
Date published: 2017-09-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Super Light! Great tent for the money! I really mean it. Great tent.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great winter/snowcamping tent I love taking this for snow travel in the Sierra; it's a huge win over taking along my 4# double wall tent. Except that the single wall nature of this tent yields condensation that is sometimes hard to manage - I wish that the zipper had two pulls so I could use the top end of the zipper as a vent to move moisture through the tent.
Date published: 2017-02-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent 2 person minimalist tent. Sets up fast and easy, easily adjusts for weather conditions, size of a water bottle, weighs less than 1.5 pounds. Comfortable for 2 with all the gear. I shed 2+ pounds by switching to this tent/tarp, great decision. A piece of Tyvek for a ground tarp and you are ready for almost anything.
Date published: 2016-07-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Loved this tarp This was my traveling buddy on the JMT. It only took me one tube of seam grip even though I bought two just in case to seam seal everything. The trick is to spread a thin layer just over the threads and it will dry fast. The tent held up in hail, wind and sideways rain. It accumulated a lot of condensation but that may have been mostly from my heavy breathing! I usually slept sideways inside, between the two trekking poles for optimum space. Great tarp and trusty sidekick.
Date published: 2016-03-01
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wonderful lightweight product This product is packable, lightweight and a great emergency shelter. Also wonderful for lightweight backpacking. A good alternative to a bivy sack.
Date published: 2015-08-22
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