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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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Outbound All Purpose Tarp
Coghlan's Tube Tent
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp
$26 - $69
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp
Equinox Mosquito Bar
Outdoor Products Tarp 8ft x 9.5ft
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base Hex Tarp
Lightspeed Outdoors Quick Draw Shade Shelter
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
$50 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter
$56 - $79
Terra Nova Adventure Tarp 2
Big Agnes Poncho Tarp
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Ultra-Lite Poncho/Tarp
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp
$60 - $75
Terra Nova Competition Tarp 1
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Integral Designs Siltarp1
$70 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp
$72 MSRP
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16
$79 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Cabana
$79 - $99
Wenzel EZ Rise Shade
Byer Traveller Hammock Rain Fly
Hennessy Hammock Asym Hex
Eagles Nest Outfitters Dry Fly Rain Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
$80 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Poncho Tarp
$80 MSRP
Rab Element Solo
Wenzel Eclipse Shade Tent
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp
$85 - $94
ALPS Mountaineering Tri-Awning
$90 - $97
Rab Element 2
$96 - $159
Paha Que' Shadow Mountain Cabana
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Betamid
$99 MSRP
Kelty Range Tarp
$100 - $129
REI InCamp Shelter
$100 - $155
Therm-a-Rest LuxuryLite Cot Sun Shield
$100 - $199
Easton Sundial Shade Shelter
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Appy Trails Mark III
$100 MSRP
Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 200
Snow Peak Penta Light Tarp
user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Alcove Shelter
Wenzel Panorama
Snow Peak Penta Ease
$110 MSRP
Kelty Car Tarp
$110 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp - Lite
Exped Solo Tarp
Bergans Medium Tarp
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