The Rab Superlite Shelter Silbothy 2 is an ultra lightweight water and windproof two person shelter for emergency use or for keeping the weather off you during brief stops. It is constructed from a Ripstop siliconised nylon fabric that is is totally weatherproof but incredibly lightweight. This superlite version brings the weight right down for ease of carrying, making you much more likely to take it along for emergency use.
These two person shelters are an essential item for your pack as they can literally be a lifesaver if you or your partner has an accident or becomes unwell whist your out in the mountains. This makes them ideal for walking, climbing or mountain biking two person teams. They also provide a sheltered environment to eat your lunch in when the rain is lashing and the wind is howling.
To use you simply raise the whole thing up above your heads before ducking under it and sitting down on the waterproof seats. This holds it down. The air vents assist in preventing too much of a build up of condensation.
|240g||50 x 145cm||94cm||Orange|
I scoured the internet looking for a lightweight and packable bothy bag, and found the Rab Superlite silbothy at Facewest and the best price on the net. I'm a keen hill walker and know how the weather can easily change in an instant.
A couple of years ago I was bitten by the trail/ hill running bug, with this in mind I was looking for a lightweight and packable shelter. The Silbothy fits all requirements, it's light and is about the size of a large orange and robust, despite it's delicate silk like feel. It stuffs into it's own sack which has a mesh bottom (about 3 inch diameter) and doubles up as vent when you are inside and also as a small viewing window. I believe this can be compressed further with a stuff sac if you're really desperate for space!
I purchased the 2 man version and agree that it's big enough for two hill walkers with their packs between them and would go so far as to say it could fit 3 hill runners (with their small packs) who know each other really well! It's getting to that time of year when the weather is more changeable, and even if I don't use the Silbothy Outdoors, it would still be one of the best purchases I've made as it's comforting to know that it's there in my running pack with my first aid kit and other essentials.
I highly recommend Facewest as a brilliant seller and the Rab Silbothy as a fantastic emergency shelter.
This is a strongly constructed emergency bothy despite the lightweight material. After carrying out some research I choose this bothy against the similar Terra Nova model. The advantage of the Rab Superlite is that it packs down really small. As a guide the size of a Jaffa orange. This is perfect if you want your kit to be lightweight and take up minimal space but do not want to compromise on quality. The bothy material is strong and solidly built. I have not tested the bothy in adverse conditions as yet but ran it through a thorough outdoor inspect including a hose test and the bothy held up well against the power of the garden hose jet.
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