Exped Scout Tarp Extreme
Design: Tarp tent
Ease of Setup: A bit tricky at first
Weight: 2.5 pounds
Price Paid: $129
I have carried this tent for a couple of years and think it is one of the best pieces of gear I own. It sets up quickly and provides a huge space for two. Exped suggests you could sleep up to four but I wouldn't. Condensation is a bit of a problem, so the people close to the walls might get a bit damp.
It has held up well to numerous storms including four plus inches of snow thanks to the taut pitch. If the wind shifts during the night I just shorten the front trekking pole for added protection. After backpacking for nearly forty years I find this simple tarp to be all the tent you need for most any three-season trip.
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Exped's Scout Tarp Extrme provides full weather protection for up to 4 adults with gear.
A tarp might be the most versatile piece of camping gear you ever buy, and the lightweight Exped Scout Tarp Extreme enhances its versatility with included guy lines and numerous rigging options. Whether you need a lightweight shelter for long backpacking trips or a shade at the beach, this large rain-shedding tarp shelters up to four people comfortably.
Designed for the resourceful, Exped's Scout Tarp Extreme can be used for myriad applications including as a rain cover for a bug shelter, vestibule extension, sheltered kitchen, emergency rain water collector, sail, and more. Crafted with water-resistant, silicone-coated nylon, this tough tarp protects you from the weather, can be set up in a number of ways thanks to its multiple guy lines and loops, and is easy to haul thanks to an integrated packsack.
- Mountain Gear
The Scout Tarp Extreme by Exped is a two-sided, silicone-coated ripstop nylon is lightweight, compressible, and offers a high resistance to tears and UV light. This versatile tarp shelter can be erected using poles, paddles, or trees for support. A single central inseam ensures that the Scout Tarp remains waterproof and allows the fabric to stretch naturally. An adjustable shock cord along the outer edge can be used to vary tension as conditions and set up demand. Guy line storage pockets keep cordage under control when the tarp is packed, and pay out easily when the shelter is being pitched. Fabric reinforcements and a central tie in loop give the Scout Tarp a number of possible set up configurations. Features: Dimensions: 11.4 ft. x 9.4 ft./3.5 m x 2.9 m Area-Flat: 109 sq. ft./10.1 sq. m. Area-A-Frame: 90 sq. ft./8.4 sq. m. Tarp Only Weight: 2.1 lb./0.95 kg Packaged Weight: 2.6 lb./1.2 kg Two-sided, silicone-coated ripstop nylon One central seam ensures waterproofness and allows fabric to stretch naturally Adjustable shock cord along outer edges adds tension when needed Reinforcements and concealed guy line loops allow multiple configurations Guy line storage pockets