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Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT

rated 4 of 5 stars The Mountain Shelter LT is simple, pretty easy to set up, and great for non-winter backpacking. It is a single-walled, floorless shelter, so it is prone to condensation. It has been very durable and dependable for me in wind and rain in the Colorado Rockies. It isn't the lightest option, but it is an amazing value. Setup: Like most floorless shelters, this one takes some practice to get where it looks nice and taut. Trekking poles are required for setup. I really like that the shelter has a label… Full review

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 four 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

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: 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: 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
$217 - $289
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: 5 of 5 (2)
HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors
$295 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Luxe Outdoor Bat Wing 500s
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear White Lightnin'
$155 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Logics Tad Pole
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter
$195 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ZPacks Hexamid Solo-Plus
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZPacks Triplex
$695 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
HammockGear Cuben Fiber Hammock Hex Tarp
$235 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZPacks HexaNet
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Appy Trails Mark V
$120 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Poncho Tarp
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn
$175 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Luxe Outdoor Bat Wing 400s
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZPacks Hexamid Solo
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MEC Silicone Guides Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis
$175 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR Trekker Tarp Insert Mesh Shelter
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR 19' ParaWing
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Mountain Hardwear Batray 2
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Integral Designs Bugamid
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Tarp 2
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Cave 1 Shelter
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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Vista Wing
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Trekker Insert
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Trekker Tarp
discontinued
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Timberline Trail/Dining Fly
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
$50 - $69
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: 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: 4.5 of 5 (2)
NEMO Transform Tarp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
GoLite Shangri-La 5
$350 MSRP
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