MSR 19' ParaWing

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THe best shelter tarp one can buy and I wish it was…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $150


THe best shelter tarp one can buy and I wish it was still available.


  • Ease of setup
  • Ability to stand up to strong winds if set up correctly
  • Standing headroom if set up with poles
  • Compacts to a small size making it easy to transport


  • Not avalable any more in the 19 foot size from anyone.

I really loved my Moss Parawing when I had it and have to say was upset when an early snowstorm in the Sierras tore it from snow load to where it was not repairable.

I originally bought my Moss Parawing as a tarp for kayaking trips in B.C. where finding a dry place to stack gear, cook, and stay out of the weather other than the tent was the only choice. The routine was to pack the Parawing at the top of the front hatch, so when you landed at a campsite in a drizzly or hard rain you could pop it out, set it up and create a dry place to lay your gear from your kayak. From there you would go set up your tents "at least 50 feet away "Bears" set up you camp and cook and socialize under the tarp. In the morning it was simple to just reverse the order and move on in great comfort. 

If the Parawing was set up correctly "Pole end to the wind " the unique shape of the tarp took on the shape of an air foil and would easily handle winds to around 25 to 30 mph without any issue.

Really getting to love the use of the Parawing I started using it as a shade tarp in the desert and for work and literally would go nowhere without it. In many cases it was the only shade in miles and the only way to get out of the sun.  In the end I literally wore it out.


We bought our ParaWing in the mid to late 90s. After…

Rating: rated 5 of 5 stars
Design: 4-stake; 2 pole tarp/shelter
Ease of Setup: Very easy
Price Paid: $150

We bought our ParaWing in the mid to late 90s. After walking around our campground following a violent wind storm that had trashed most every other tarp/cover/screen room, I saw a ParaWing (then made by Moss Tents) for the first time. It was one of the few covers still standing. I was impressed with the quality and endurance, and we ordered one and haven't had a problem since.

It completely covers a large picnic table with room to stand upright under it. Its design allows it to flex with the wind, so can withstand quite a lot of weather. One person can set it up with no problem, and set ups get easier with practice. When our kids were in sports, I would bring it for shade and/or rain protection should the need arise.

Overall, it has been very dependable over the years, and has been worth the price. We now have a trailer that has a large awning, so we don't get a chance to use the ParaWing as much as we used to, but it is always available for us.

I've had offers to sell it, but ours will stay in the family for some years to come. MSR makes great outdoor products, and if this is like the original design this is one great shelter.

Retailers' Descriptions

Here's what other sites are saying:

Whether your setting up for a backyard barbecue, setting up a canopied booth for a trail racing event, or needing a little cover for gear, MSR's 19' Parawing Shelter will suit your needs. Up to eight people can fit underneath this sturdy, 2-pole shelter that won't blow over in the wind thanks to an inverted wing design.

- Mountain Gear

Free Shipping. MSR Parawing Tent (Fall 2008) OVERSIZE ITEM: We cannot ship this product by any expedited shipping method (3-Day, 2-Day or Next Day). Even if you pick that option, it will still go Ground Shipping. Sorry for being so mean. The Parawing Tent by MSR is an easy-to-erect lightweight shelter for wind, sun, and rain protection. Specifications: Capacity: 4-8 Min. Weight: 3.52 kg / 7 lbs. 12 oz. Packaged Weight: 4.28 kg / 9 lbs. 7 oz. Floor + Vestibule: 16.7 sq. m / 180 sq. ft. Interior Peak Height: Variable Packed size: 71 x 25 cm / 28 x 6 in. Fly: 210S 190T taffeta nylon PU 1500 polyurethane coated Features: Perfect for Big Groups: Large and tall enough for 8 people to stand under. Easy Setup: Requires only 4 stakes. Quiet, Stable, and Strong: Inverted wing design pitches taut in high winds to increase stability and minimize noise. Includes two 2.4-m (8-ft.) poles and 5 RockBuster stakes.

- Moosejaw

The MSR ParaWing is ideal for groups of up to 8 people, offers superior protection from the sun and rain. It's easy to set up, quiet, stable, and strong. Super light weight shelter that can stand 8 people under it. Unique shape prevents flapping in the wind. Setup is a snap, needing only four stakes. Includes two 8 ft. poles and five rockbuster stakes.


The ParaWing is an innovative 4 point tarp style wing with a catenary cut. Roomy enough to shelter 4-8 people it is easy to set up and adjust in multiple configurations as needed. The polyester fly won't stretch, resists UV breakdown and can be set up with just 4 stake points. The unique cut of the tarp allows it to stay taut in wind and cuts down on noise & flapping. Ideal for use to sleep under, sun shade, rain protection, cooking & dining shelter. Sleeps 4-8 Seams are factory taped for extreme weather protection. Includes two 8 ft. aluminum poles. Unique 4 point design gives many pitching options & configurations. Catenary cut keeps wing taut and minimizes flapping. Non-freestanding. Non stretch, UV resistant ripstop polyester fly. Includes stakes, ropes & line adjusters. Tent, pole and stake bags included. Fire retardant. Import.

- Campmor

This hybrid wing provides lightweight, stable shelter in wind and rain; size is ideal for large groups with a picnic table. Tensioned design keeps the wing tight as wind flows over the surface and allows rain to spill off without pooling. Redesigned with lighter weight in '08, polyurethane-coated nylon taffeta provides waterproof durability in harsh weather. Peak height and coverage area vary based on setup; covered area is approximately 180 sq. ft. Comes with five high-density plastic stakes, two shockcorded aluminum poles (8 ft long, sectional), four guylines with tensioners and owner's manual.


MSR 19' ParaWing


The 19' ParaWing has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$137.97 - $249.95

The MSR 19' ParaWing is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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