Integral Designs Siltarp1
Design: three-season solo tarp
Ease of Setup: Done in 5 or so minutes depending on campsite.
Weight: .5 lbs
Price Paid: $75
My experience using the Siltarp is as a gear awning during climbing class outings, a rain shelter for a beach trip, and as my primary shelter for a 4 day stint on the PCT.
Setting up a tarp requires a bit of ingenuity and creative thinking as before you get to a campsite while thruhiking, you're never completely sure what variables (trees, rocks, ground hardness, etc) you may have to deal with. Given these difficulties, I've found this tarp to be very good at what it does.
It's 1/2 lbs and takes up almost no space in your pack. There are billions of ways you could use it or set it up (emergency rain poncho, quick warp-around shelter, windbreak, pack raincover), and for a solo hiker, there are few good reasons to leave it home.
The only consideration is that the width is short enough that one must take a guess where bad weather might come from overnight, and stake THAT side to the ground. Staking BOTH long sides to the ground results in something very hard to get into (though do-able if weather turns snarky).
As for use as a day shelter, these worries fade somewhat - no difficulties here.
The Siltarp takes some consideration to use, but presents a size and weight and flexibility of use that make it a no-brainer in my pack for solo ventures.
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Ultralight silicone impregnated 30D ripstop Cordura makes the Siltarp 1, by Integral Designs, waterproof and incredibly strong. This versatile tarp can be set up using trekking poles or trees, with multiple lightweight webbing loops to facilitate a variety of set up options. Corners and center guyline points are reinforced with hypalon.
The more time you spend on the trail, the less you want to carry. The Integral Designs Siltarp1 1-Person tarp falls in line with your minimalist philosophy with its durable, rain-shedding fabric and versatile setup options.
The Integral Designs Siltarp is an extremely versatile tarp made from ultralight waterproof nylon. The Integral Designs Siltarp's 30 denier parachute ripstop nylon with silicon impregnation weighs only 1.35 oz per sq yd. It is incredibly strong and resilient. The Siltarp is designed to be used in conjunction with a bivy as a cooking or gear storage shelter. The Siltarp sets up on hiking poles, can be slung from trees or attached as an awning to a tent or hooped bivy. Integral Designs Siltarp Specifications: Weight: 7oz Dimensions: 8'x5' Floor Area: 40 sq.ft Vestibule Area: N/A Freestanding? NO Poles: N/A Doors: 1
The incredibly lightweight, waterproof Integral Designs Siltarp can be used as a cooking or gear storage shelter for minimalist backpacking with your bivy. Parachute ripstop nylon impregnated with silicon is strong and resilient without being bulky or heavy. Can be set up on trekking poles, slung from trees or attached as an awning to a hooped bivy or tent. Reinforced center patch with webbing loop and 16 webbing loop tie-outs around outside edge provide setup options. Coverage varies depending on set up.