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Tarps and Shelters

The best tarps and shelters, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on July 13, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light
$240 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
$389 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp
$170
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
$60 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9
$40 - $59
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16
$100
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
$80 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp
$219 - $238
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2
$825
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Hilleberg Tarp 5
$180
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp Hammock Accessory / Tarp/Shelter
$150
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4
$999
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Asym Hex
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip
$170
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT
$130 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape
$155
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp
$80
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Paria Sanctuary SilTarp
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp
$27 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter
$280 - $319
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent
$175
MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing
$190 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter
$195 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hammock Gear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors
$295 MSRP
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Luxe Outdoor Bat Wing 500s
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua Quest Safari Sil Tarp Square
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Granite Gear White Lightnin'
$155 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DD Hammocks DD Tarp 3x3
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Logics Tad Pole
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Zpacks Hexamid Solo-Plus
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
NEMO Transform Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Hammock Hex Tarp
$235 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UGQ SilPoly Rectangular Cat Cut Tarp (10x12)
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bushcraft Outfitters 10' x 10' Tarp
$64 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Gear Journey
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters
$400 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
YAMA Mountain Gear 1P Cirriform Tarp - Dyneema
$385 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
DD Hammocks DD Tarp 3x3 MC
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UST Base All Weather Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UGQ Winter Dream
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Luxe Outdoor Bat Wing 400s
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zpacks Hexamid Solo
$399 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MEC Silicone Guides Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Wild Oasis
$175 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Appy Trails Mark III
$100 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Polyethylene Plastic Sheeting Tarp

Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hilleberg Tarp 5

The Goldilocks of tarps—not too big, and definitely not too small—it's just right!! Having bought my Snugpak 3m tarp around 20 years ago I honestly didn't expect it to be still going strong, but there it is, some things are just made to last! However, it's not small, and it's not particularly light, exacerbated by the additional rings/carabiners and cords that I have attached, but it's certainly been a trusty bit of kit. However, as I've moved toward lightweight camping, and having owned a couple… Full review

rated 0.5 of 5 stars
PahaQue Rpod shelter

Read the reviews—shoddy product and poor customer service! Read all PahaQue product reviews—they all have a common theme. Terrible product (usually poles) and very poor customer service. That is exactly what I experienced. The pole fell apart right out of the box. The vendor I purchased through was great and apologetic but the PahaQue rep I eventually spoke with never apologized and became combatant and rude. At one point he insisted that no one ever complained about the poles (obviously not… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Hummingbird Hammocks Pelican SilPoly Rain Tarp

A rather large yet relatively lightweight (and definitely expensive) winter-style rain tarp from the purveyors of some of the finest minimalist hammocks around. The Pelican is a house-style SilPoly tarp, with lots of space and some clever features to reduce weight and increase functionality. It doesn’t come seam-sealed at the ridgeline, but at least Hummingbird provides a tube of sealant. Introduction Hummingbird  is known for its minimalist hammocks made with certified parachute fabric and manufacturing… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Tarptent ProTrail Li

An excellent ultralight shelter.     This is a bittersweet review. On the one hand I love this tent and the idea behind it. In real world use though (and understand this is mostly just me) it leaves a lot to be desired. I'll go over the cons first. Firstly, in real world use I found this tent to be annoying to get out of. Not necessarily in, but out. I am getting up there in years and occasionally nature will come calling unexpectedly. When this happens, you must move quickly and having to move… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hammock Gear Journey

A SilPoly tarp with built in doors, the Journey is one of Hammock Gear's best kept secrets. Well designed, reasonably priced, very durable, and built by an Ohio-based company. Great shelter for hammock or ground sleeping.   Fall on the GLT I recently realized that I have neglected to share Hammock Gear's Journey tarp here on Trailspace despite the fact that I have been using one for years and bought a second one last year for family trips. While most of the talk about tarps involves DCF and high… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
DD Hammocks DD Tarp 3x3 MC

The best purchase I made in years... DD tarp MC from DD Hammocks I’ve owned several tents, from a heavy duty Albatros, a durable Dutch cotton tent to super lightweight one-roofed fancy but expensive hiking gear from MSR—until I came upon some YouTube videos about tarps and a huge amount of different ways to set them up. Some hilariously difficult, but most of them super fast, versatile, and handy. I fell in love with the idea, so the Big Search began. Reading reviews, learning about materials,… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp

Huge Dyneema tarp with tons of tie-out points. Can go into lots of configurations. Heavier weight Dyneema that has been durable. Perfect for the Pacific Northwest—can make a great big rain shelter, can be pitched in c-configuration which provides ground cover, can pitch beaks or flaps for privacy. I have been using this tarp for several seasons for solo backpacking in the Pacific Northwest, including the Olympic and Cascade mountains and section hiking the Pacific Coast Trail. The tarp is showing… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Paria Sanctuary SilTarp

This is a review of the Sanctuary 12'x10' hex SilTarp, Paria’s lightweight, double-treated and seam-taped 30D ripstop hex-cut tarp with catenary sides and ridgeline that comes as a kit with DCF guylines w/ line locks and alu Y stakes. It’s more suited for hammock camping and backpacking, but Paria also offers the Sanctuary in square/flat and tapered/catenary cuts and various sizes, which provides for all types of campers and backpackers who don’t want to spend a fortune on a good and lightweight… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing

The MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing can be used with a shelter or by itself to create a spacious two-person environment. Two trekking poles or sticks are required to set this product up. The MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing is a great tarp option to use by itself or with a shelter like the MSR Thru-Hiker Mesh House 2. This tarp is ideal for arid climates where you won't have to worry about the spitting rain. It's compact, easy to carry, and great in a variety of different setups.  Camping with the MSR Thru-Hiker… Full review