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Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

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

Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great tarp, upgraded the paracord. Have not used over a hammock. Might at some point, but I prefer sleeping in a tent. Got the tarp so I would not be tent bound in a rainstorm. Removed the cords that came with it, and replaced with four Sea to Summit reflective accessory cords. Brought it on a solo canoe trip on Lower Saranac Lake July 2015. Attached tarp to four trees and it covered all my supplies laid out on picnic table provided on my primitive Island campsite. The second night it poured. I… Full review

Top-Rated Tarps and Shelters

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user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist 15D Tarp reviewed Jan 28, 2016
$169
user rating: 4 of 5 (4)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT reviewed Jan 17, 2016
$130
user rating: 4 of 5 (7)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip reviewed Jan 1, 2016
$180
NEW!
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Tarp 5 reviewed Dec 14, 2015
$165
available Spring 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 reviewed Dec 8, 2015
$79 - $99
 
user rating: 1 of 5 (5)
Quest (Dick's) 10x10 Sun Shelter reviewed Nov 26, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp reviewed Nov 19, 2015
$60 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 reviewed Nov 5, 2015
$45 - $59
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
Kelty Sunshade reviewed Oct 14, 2015
$120 - $169
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
HammockGear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors reviewed Oct 13, 2015
$295 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Sep 29, 2015
$50 - $69
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp reviewed Aug 4, 2015
$300
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Warbonnet Superfly reviewed Aug 3, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Megamid reviewed Jul 31, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Logics Tad Pole reviewed Jul 30, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Kelty Cabana reviewed Jul 28, 2015
$79 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
MSR E-Wing reviewed Jul 16, 2015
$131 - $174
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
BearPaw Wilderness Designs Minimalist 2 reviewed Jun 8, 2015
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
GoLite Hex 3 Shelter reviewed May 31, 2015
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZPacks Triplex reviewed Dec 21, 2014
$695 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
NEMO Hunker 2P reviewed Dec 20, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's Freedom Shelter reviewed Nov 7, 2014
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3 reviewed Oct 22, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Housefly Rain Tarp reviewed Sep 21, 2014
$140
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp reviewed Sep 2, 2014
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
MSR OutfitterWing reviewed Aug 26, 2014
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user rating: 5 of 5 (6)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp reviewed Jun 23, 2014
$80 - $119
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR 19' ParaWing reviewed Jun 2, 2014
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user rating: 3 of 5 (2)
REI Alcove Shelter reviewed May 27, 2014
$109
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
HammockGear Cuben Fiber Hammock Hex Tarp reviewed Apr 18, 2014
$235 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Appy Trails Mark III reviewed Mar 27, 2014
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2-Person reviewed Feb 19, 2014
$675
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp reviewed Nov 3, 2013
$30
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
GoLite Shangri-La 5 reviewed Sep 26, 2013
$350 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Penta Air reviewed Sep 20, 2013
$187
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Cave 1 Shelter reviewed Aug 10, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
ZPacks Hexamid Solo-Plus reviewed Aug 8, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MEC Silicone Guides Tarp reviewed Jul 18, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis reviewed Jul 6, 2013
$175 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing reviewed Jul 2, 2013
$339
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Tarp 2 reviewed Jun 28, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
NEMO Transform Tarp reviewed Jun 27, 2013
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Grand Trunk All Terrian Hybrid Shelter reviewed Jun 25, 2013
$56 - $79
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Black Diamond Betamid reviewed Jun 9, 2013
$99 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Fast Stash reviewed Jun 6, 2013
$190 - $224
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp reviewed May 22, 2013
$310
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp reviewed Jan 17, 2013
$80
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters reviewed Dec 26, 2012
$210 - $299
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