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Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4-Person

rated 5 of 5 stars In the category of floorless tents, the Ultamid 4 is the best product I've owned (I've owned four other pyramid- styled tents) and used several others. Because of the cuben-fiber the Ultamid is also the lightest and the strongest of the lot (mine weighs 22.5 ounces with the staking cords but not the stakes). This tent will sleep 4 people (tight) but is light enough to use as a palatial solo tent. I've owned four pyramid-styled tents since the early 1980s including the original Chouinard Pyramid,… Full review

Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp

rated 5 of 5 stars A very durable yet lightweight shelter for anyone not looking to spend hundreds of dollars on an overpriced shelter. Lighter than most more expensive shelters and made in the U.S.A. I picked this shelter up in 2006 and used it for 10 years before it finally wore out. For the price I don't think you could beat that. I put an average of 30- 40 nights a year under this tarp before finally taking it with me on my 2014 thru hike of the Appalachian Trail. It made it halfway before finally needing to… Full review

Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Large lightweight tarp with a variety of pitching possibilities. As an (extra) roomy shelter against rain and sunshine, even if you don't really need it, it's fun to add it to a minimalist tent. No stakes included, but then you can choose from your own stock the ones that will be best for the circumstances. Do not try to put it back in its own stuff sack. We (my daughter and me) bought this tarp before heading out on the Overland Track in Tasmania, because we were warned about the usually wet weather… Full review

Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars An excellent tarp that delivers on exactly what it promises. It's lightweight, simple to use, allows a variety of different setups, works well with the separate Escapist Bug Tent, and unlike other silnylon tarp products (read you, Integral Designs) it comes ready to go out of the bag. Half a star off for making the discovery of dark matter easier than trying to repack the damned tarp. This is a 3x3m tarp that I bought to accompany the Escapist Bug Tent (reviewed separately).   Setup: A previous… Full review

Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT

rated 4 of 5 stars A spacious, stable refuge, the Mountain Shelter sets up quickly and sheds wind. A shaped-tarp design keeps weight down and packed size minimal. Though not specifically designed for extreme conditions, it works well just about anywhere. Best For: Backpackers going anywhere bugs aren't a major concern. Design: The Mountain Shelter is constructed from yellow (Chartreuse?) 40-Denier silicone-coated nylon. The perimeter and especially the corners feature doubled-up layers of fabric and extra stitching… Full review

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

rated 2.5 of 5 stars An easily available hammock system that doesn't live up to its potential. This was my first hammock, and I purchased it after limited research from REI online. While it's served its purpose (and still does) I wouldn't recommend a Hennessy for various reasons detailed below. Unlike an ENO or a cottage vendor hammock, everything required to hang is included in the stuff sack the hammock comes in, which is great for a new hanger. The hanging system used does require the use of knots, however, which… Full review

Hilleberg Tarp 5

rated 4 of 5 stars The Hilleberg Tarp 5 is a minimalist shelter best used for lightweight solo backpacking when durability and material quality are worth a few more ounces of weight. As with any open-ended tarp, additional protections may be needed if used in all weather and/or especially adverse conditions such as horizontal rain. If pitched well, strong winds are not a problem as the fantastic Kerlon 1000 fabric withstood a severe windstorm during my testing. Like other Hilleberg products I've seen, the materials… Full review

Kelty Noah's Tarp 16

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great value and good performance in a large tarp. I use this tarp for group rafting trips as a kitchen/gathering shelter when it rains and as a beach shade maker when it's hot and sunny. I typically use four poles (actually, 2 oars and 2 poles) to create more usable space and to drain the runoff efficiently. At 16' x 16' it creates plenty of area to shelter the kitchen and provide space for chairs. The tarp fabric is pretty lightweight, but is waterproof and has not been damaged by wind or sun in… Full review

Quest (Dick's) 10x10 Sun Shelter

rated 1 of 5 stars Flimsy at best, piece of crap. Could be a good design, but all parts are too thin and weak to stand up to any type of winds. Full review

Top-Rated Tarps and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
$80 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
MSR E-Wing
$131 - $174
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light
$290
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
$50 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16
$79 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Sunshade
$120 - $169
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Cabana
$79 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp
$169
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters
$210 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing
$339
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
$140
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mega Bug
$290
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp
$30
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp
$310
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Fast Stash
$190 - $224
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4-Person
$825
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9
$45 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
$80 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
$300
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light
$200
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter
$56 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp
$26 - $69
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2-Person
$675
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp - Lite
$118
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Penta Air
$187
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Alcove Shelter
$109
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp
$100
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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Tarp 5
$165
available Spring 2016
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 Insert with Cuben Floor
$375
Hilleberg Tarp 10
$175 - $195
 
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Draw Shade Shelter
$44
Mountain Hardwear Hoop Dreams 4
$199
Terra Nova Tarp Shelter 3
$220
L.L.Bean Woodlands Shelter
$199
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp
$40
Snow Peak Ponta Air
$150 - $199
L.L.Bean Woodlands Screen House
$279
Snow Peak Tarp Recta ProSet
$500 - $599
Snow Peak Ponta Tarp
$126
Paha Que' Cottonwood XLT
$399
Kelty Range Tarp
$100 - $129
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp
$170 - $179
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp
$120
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System
$675
Snow Peak Mesh Shelter
$625
NEMO Bugout
$150 - $249
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Insert
$295
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