Outdoor Research Helium Awning



Heavy at 27oz for a tarp, but it is large and it's…

Rating: rated 4 of 5 stars
Design: large backpacking tarp
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: takes practice
Weight: 27oz
Price Paid: $110

Heavy at 27oz for a tarp, but it is large and it's not bare bones. Comes with reflective tie-out cords with tightening straps on 7 of the 11 tie-outs and has mesh pockets to keep the cord/straps tidy when not in use - extremely convenient.

It will definitely hold two hikers and a dog, but not 3 individuals as mfr suggests, except maybe completely spread out horizontal. It is very long and the large size is going to limit where you can put it. However, I'm using it as a tarp for my hammock in 3-season weather and the size works well for that. Using as solo shelter in winter, and it's overkill for that, but very roomy.


First of all, once you take this product out of the…

Rating: rated 2 of 5 stars
Sleeps: 3
Weight: 20 oz
Price Paid: $98.95

First of all, once you take this product out of the stuff sack, you will likely never get it back in. The material might be great for light weight, but it is nearly impossible to handle due to its slippery surface and flimsy design. The only reason I gave it a two star instead of a one, is because I would recommend this to someone who was going to set this up and never take it down.

Outdoor Research Helium Awning


The Helium Awning has been discontinued.

previously retailed for:
$54.42 - $118.95

The Outdoor Research Helium Awning is not available from the stores we monitor. It was last seen January 15, 2013 at Mountain Gear.

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