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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: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp
ALPS Mountaineering Tri-Awning
$90 - $97
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Appy Trails Mark III
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Appy Trails Mark V
$120 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
BearPaw Wilderness Designs Minimalist 2
Bergans Large Tarp
Bergans Lavvo 4-6 Person
Bergans Medium Tarp
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp
$170 - $179
Big Agnes Poncho Tarp
Big Agnes Three Forks Shelter
Big Agnes Whetstone Shelter
$120 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Betamid
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Mega Bug
$217 - $289
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Megamid
Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 200
Brooks-Range UltraLite Alpini Shelter 400
Brooks-Range Ultralite Guide Tarp
Brooks-Range Ultralite Mini Guide Tarp
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp
$75 MSRP
Byer Traveller Hammock Rain Fly
Coghlan's Tube Tent
Coleman 10 x 10 All Day Dome
Coleman 12 x 12 All Day Dome
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Crazy Creek B.A. Tarp - Lite
Crazy Creek Crazy Tarp
$85 - $94
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3
Eagles Nest Outfitters Dry Fly Rain Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
$80 - $99
Eagles Nest Outfitters FlexFly Utility Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
$80 - $119
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Sil Rain Tarp
$140 - $149
Eagles Nest Outfitters SuperFly Utility Tarp
Easton Sundial Shade Shelter
Eddie Bauer Lake Serene Screen House
Equinox All-Purpose Tarp
$60 - $75
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp
$26 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Equinox Globe Skimmer Ultralight Tarp
$72 MSRP
Equinox Mosquito Bar
Equinox Ultralite Nylon Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eureka! Timberline Trail/Dining Fly
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exped Scout Tarp Extreme
Exped Solo Tarp
$119 - $148
Exped Tarp II
$189 - $198
Exped Tarp IV
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