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When the British Polar Expedition arrived at the South Pole in 1911 it was Amundsen's pyramid tent that they found. It's endured because a pyramid shape is one of the most bombproof designs in horizontal wind and rain.

Tarpstar 1 is an ultralight, 1-person pyramid tarp tent that pitches using trekking poles. This is our modern take on a tent shape that's been proven for over 100 years.

Tarpstar 1 packs small and light and crams into any corner of your pack. It pitches quickly with our Vertex Tarp Pole (not included) or with a trekking pole. With plenty of space in the porch area for lots of kit on longer trips.

Pitch in different ways: go ultralight with just the 500g outer, on warm nights use the inner only. The optional footprint gives ultimate protection.


Product overview

  • Fits 1 person with a large porch for lots of kit
  • Compatible with trekking poles between 120 - 130cm (optimised for 125cm)
  • Designed to work with our Vertex Tarp Pole (125cm) - not included
  • Pitch flysheet only to minimise weight or with inner and/or footprint for extra protection
  • Can also be pitched inner-only as a bug net for summer camping
  • More comfort and protection than a standard tarp or bivvy bag for solo trips
  • TPU seam tape for added durability
  • 3 year Alpine Bond

Technical details


Total: 950g
Flysheet: 500g
Inner: 450g

Footprint (optional):270g


Packed size (Flysheet): 25cm x 12cm x 12cm (L x W x H)
Packed size (Inner): cm x cm x cm (L x W x H)
Packed size (Footprint): 22cm x 9cm x 9cm (L x W x H)

Pitched size (Flysheet): 250cm x 200cm x 130cm (L x W x H)
Pitched size (Inner): 250cm x 95cm x 130cm (L x W x H)


Flysheet: 20d Polyester Ripstop (sil/PU)
Inner: 20d Nylon Ripstop

Waterproof rating

Flysheet: 3,000mm hydrostatic head

Sustainability & Care

Tent repair

To make your tent last longer, avoid prolonged UV exposure and repair damage immediately. If you are unlucky enough to rip your tent on a trip, use duct tape or StormSure Tough Tape until you have a chance to repair it properly. For more tent repair tips read our tent care and repair blog.

We have dedicated Repair Stations in our stores and we're fully equipped to breathe new life into your old kit. This includes spare parts, patches, new zips and wash and reproofing of your down and waterproofs. Pop into any store or contact us online for more info.

Alpine Bond
If one of our products does not meet your expectations upon delivery, or if during its lifetime does not live up to the demands placed upon it, please return it to us for repair, replacement or refund. If the problem is our fault then we will do this to your satisfaction. If it’s your fault then we will help out the best we can. Find out more about our Alpine Bond here.

How it is made

Hydrolysis resistant
TPU seam taping is more resistant to hydrolysis (seals being broken down by water), making your tent last longer.

Repair kit included
All our tents are provided with a basic repair kit for patching holes and splinting poles in the field. If your tent is beyond basic repair, pop down to one of our store's Repair Stations!

Where It Is Made

Our products are made in the best factories in the world. We know the factories personally and they have all signed up to our Code of Ethics in our supply chain. This includes the Ethical Trading Initiative base code, fair pay, safe working environments, no child labour, no modern slavery, no bribery or corruption, no materials from conflict zones and humane farming methods.

All our factories sign up to our Code of Conduct. Find out where we make our product by visiting our Factories of Alpkit factory zone.

Reducing our carbon footprint

We are carbon neutral under PAS2060 and offset our Scope 1, Scope 2 and Scope 3 operations and transport emissions. We recognise that offsetting is not part of the solution but a point to pass through on a journey to Net Zero. Carbon Neutral is just a step in that journey.

We have joined the Science Based Targets Initiative which sets independent targets for us to achieve to do our bit to limit global warming to 1.5°C. Our targets are to halve our Scope 1 and Scope 2 emissions by 2025 based on 2018 base year and reduce our total carbon intesnity by 15% every year to achieve genuine net zero by 2050.

End of life
When your partnership with this product is over send it back to us and we will pass it on to someone that needs it through our Continuum Project.