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Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Gatewood Cape is a versatile and clever piece of gear that serves multiple functions so saves a lot of weight and packing volume both by using ultralight materials and by reducing your overall gear item count. It takes the place of some of the larger and heavier items in your pack—your shelter, your rainwear, and your pack cover. This is a review of the Gatewood Cape from Six Moon Designs. SMD is a cottage gear company in Oregon that makes ultralight, high quality shelters and backpacks. I… Full review

MSR E-Wing

rated 5 of 5 stars Small and light emergency tarp. Have a previous generation of e-wing, the one without rand and smaller. I use it as emergency shelter in my kayak. I had to seal the seams, but after that it is waterproof and incredibly small. Packs in own supplied stuff bag, not in the portion it was originally packed (that would be impossible to fit after unpacking) but into bigger portion that is attached to it. I can fit four Mountain Hardwear sand anchors, 6 V stakes, some rope with Nite Ize figure 9, and after… Full review

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12

rated 4 of 5 stars I got this tarp as a rain fly for my hammock, but found many other uses as well. I got this tarp as rain fly for my hammock. Our Boy Scout Troop went to bike ride the Va. Creeper Trail. It rained on our last night and all day Sunday. All the gear I had on the ground and my boots stayed dry. My son's gear got soaked as well as all the other Scouts who had smaller rain fly. The 12x12 was big enough that eight of us used my tarp to stay dry and cook at the edges of the tarp. The lunch style bag it… Full review

UnderGround Quilts Winter Dream

rated 5 of 5 stars The Winter Dream offers superior protection from the elements for hammock campers. Closing the doors cuts the wind and creates a cozy, dry, happy space from which one may enjoy sitting out the storm. UnderGround Quilts Outdoor Equipment is one of my favorite cottage industry suppliers. I have two hammock under quilts, one Renegade top quilt, and five different tarps from UGQ. All feature top notch quality in every stitch. This review is intended to be about the Winter Dream tarp.  It should be… Full review

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

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 - $149
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 Medium Tarp
Big Agnes Deep Creek Bug House
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
$100 MSRP
Brooks-Range Ultralite Guide Tarp
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp
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
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3
Eagles Nest Outfitters CamoLink Sleep System
$190 - $254
Eagles Nest Outfitters Dry Fly Rain Tarp
$64 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
$64 - $99
Eagles Nest Outfitters FlexFly Utility Tarp
$108 - $134
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
$64 - $99
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Sil Rain Tarp
$120 - $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
Equinox Mosquito Bar
Equinox No-See-Um Mosquito Netting
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
Exped Arc Tarp
Exped Outfitter Tarp III
Exped Outfitter Tarp IV
$215 - $268
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Exped Scout Tarp Extreme
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