MSR Trekker Tarp Insert Mesh Shelter

rated 5.0 of 5 stars (2)

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Price Historic Range: $79.90
Reviewers Paid: $210.00


Only used it twice so far, but I love it. It is three shelters in one -- the tarp, tarp and mesh, or just the mesh for fair weather and bugs. Camping along the Kern River the mesh really paid for itself. I can set both up in just a couple of minutes and the workmanship is top-notch. Almost too much room for one, but great for two or three -- especially in the desert. The weight savings is a real bonus.

I liked and bought last year's model of the Trekker Tarp because the fabric seemed slightly more substantial and it is grey instead of orange; but buy this year's mesh for the three doors!

Sleeps: 3
Ease of Setup: If it were any easier, you'd be climbing into bed at home. Just two trekking poles and a few stakes.
Weight: for both, just over four pounds.
Price Paid: $120 plus $90 for mesh

Have the original Walrus Trekker Tarp, VERY ROOMY, you can make it a single wall tent or open it up a bit to accomodate two people and their gear. The insert will still leave room in each end for your gear. I have used this tarp in driving rain where every other tent got soaked. The Trekker allowed me to pack, including the insert, while staying relatively dry.

Design: Tarp
Sleeps: 2
Ease of Setup: Easy when you get the technique
Weight: 4 lbs or so with the insert