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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 April 21, 2022. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light
$240 - $279
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
$365 - $394
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp
$105 - $139
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12
$45 - $79
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
$90 - $99
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp
$60 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp
$219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2
$735
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
$890
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
$105 - $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)
Hilleberg Tarp 5
$180
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Equinox Egret Nylon Tarp
$27 - $124
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter
$256 - $319
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent
$175
MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing
$142 - $175
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 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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Sea to Summit Hammock Tarp

Great tarp. Excellent weight, coverage, and ease of use. Best tarp I have found on the market considering weight and coverage. I’ve had this tarp for three years now and it has held up great. It comes with its own lines and has line tensioners on all lines. This makes it much easier to use with simple knots. It takes three stakes to set up. It can work as a ground tarp in a pinch using two trekking poles, though not ideal without trees. The tarp provides plenty of coverage and I’ve gone through… Full review

rated 4 of 5 stars
MSR Front Range Tarp Shelter

This all-season pyramid tarp shelter is both lightweight and spacious, providing the best of both worlds for weathering a storm, or overnight hiking trips. Just over 1.5 pounds, this shelter uses trekking poles as the center-support which is approximately 5'4" at the apex. MSR's Front Range Tarp Shelter is a floorless design (Bug/Floor Insert available separately, 1lb 15oz) that is ideal for a wide range of outdoor enthusiasts—day hikers that want an emergency shelter, overnight backpackers, or… Full review

rated 5 of 5 stars
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12

Excellent tarp, durable with multiple tie-down loops. I used this tarp in AK to shield meat in game bags and in heavy rain and 40 mph winds it held up on the Tundra.  We also used a second one on a Browning Tent because the rain was coming in. It was essential for keeping us dry.   Full review