Tarps and Shelters

Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

My Trail Poncho UL Tarp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars For those willing to accept compromises in the pursuit of a low pack weight, the Poncho UL Tarp provides a reasonably durable, value option for rain gear, pack cover, and shelter—with a few important caveats. The Poncho UL Tarp is at its best as rain wear, pack cover, and shelter in more moderate conditions, but high winds or sustained heavy rain can make the user vulnerable to the elements. However, due to its versatility, it is an ideal multi-use item for day packs, emergency bags, etc. What… Full review

Hennessy Hammock Asym Hex

rated 5 of 5 stars It's my portable veranda. At 33.7 ounces it's the heaviest part of my newest shelter system. The Hennessy Hex covers a lot of ground or a hammock, then some. This pairs with an XL 78" wide nylon hammock and a separate over-sized bug net enclosure. With these components I can be comfortable in all seasons. In fair weather I can use the bug net on the ground strung loose between two trekking poles and a large mylar emergency blanket inside it for a ground cover at a weight of 11.8 ozs. The XL hammock… Full review

BlueField Emergency Tarp

rated 3.5 of 5 stars A lightweight simple tarp tough enough for general use. Suitable for one person, it measures 8 ft 6 in x 5 ft. This is advertised as an emergency one-person tarp sturdy enough for multiple times of use. Made from a light polyester PU proofed to 3000 hydrostatic head with six brass grommets and a zip-up carry bag with ample room for guy lines (not supplied). At 8 ft 6 in X 5 ft it is just enough to cover you with careful site selection and a tight pitch. My setup with six guy lines and eight carbon… Full review

Six Moon Designs Deschutes

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This tarp is well made, spacious, and not difficult to pitch. It's essentially the more popular Lunar Solo, but without a floor/net. I've used this tarp on a thru-hike of the Colorado Trail, and in various trips in the Rockies, Ontario, Quebec, and the eastern U.S. It is easy to pitch, requiring one pole, and is well sewn so it's not terribly difficult to manage a taut pitch. It packs down very small, about the size of a Nalgene if necessary. Like all single-wall shelters, condensation can build… Full review

Kelty Noah's Tarp 12

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent versatile tarp that is extremely rain and wind resistant. Every camper/backpacker should own at least one of these! I own this tarp in the 12' and 9' size and love them so much. They can be set up in so many different ways. There are guide loops along one diagonal seam if you want to string a rope through them. There are also loops along the edges to create a shelter in any situation. There are poles that can be purchased separately to prop up one or two corners to create a raised shelter… Full review

Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip

rated 4 of 5 stars Lightweight, versatile, comfortable, easy to use, but it has some drawbacks in certain areas. I've used this for over 10 years. I've even used it while taking a 47' Motor Lifeboat across the great lakes, and could manage to still put it up after a day of nasty Lake Erie sloughing waves. It goes up easy, is quick to use, versatile, and packs up really nice. Airline friendly as well. The downsides are simple; you have airflow on all sides, so it gets cold easier. If there are no trees or hammock stands,… Full review

Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2

rated 5 of 5 stars Ultralite secure shelter. I've long been a fan of floorless single wall shelters. To me the advantages of space per weight, dry pitch, flexibility of just how much to bring along, tracking dirt in onto...the ground, more than offset the disadvantages of fussier pitch, condensation control, and BYO bug protection. I've been a fan of pyramid tents since I first got a Chouinard MegaMid. The Ultamids from HMG are what the MegaMid wanted to be. The UM 2 is a pretty easy pitch since it has a rectangular… Full review

Appy Trails Mark III

rated 4 of 5 stars Cost-effective lightweight shelter for 1+ The AT MKIII could conceivably shelter three people, but not any of their gear. It is even a bit cozy for two, but is spacious bordering on luxurious for one. Light weight (21.25 oz / 602 g + 4.65 oz / 132 g for the included pole set) makes this a viable solo option. I have a deep-seated distrust of grommets, especially if it's possible that tension could be pulled in any direction other than exactly parallel to the fabric. I would never put a tent stake… Full review

UGQ SilPoly Rectangular Cat Cut Tarp (10x12)

rated 5 of 5 stars Light silicone coated polyester panels held together with sewn tape edges and ridge line make this tarp an easy to carry, yet sturdy shelter. Well designed and constructed by a self described cottage company located in Michigan well known in the hammock community for their quilts.   Drying out after a storm at the 13 Falls camp in the Pemi with some laundry on the line. Underground Quilt (UGQ going forward) is a small cottage maker of quilts and other hammock centric gear based in Jackson, Mississippi. Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Ultralight Shelter System
Big Agnes Onyx Tarp Carbon
Snow Peak Tarp Hexa ProSet
Hilleberg Tarp 20 UL
MSR Twin Brothers
$400 MSRP
NRS River Wing
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Twin Sisters
$320 - $399
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Zpacks Hexamid Solo
$399 MSRP
Snow Peak Recta Tarp
Hilleberg Tarp 20 XP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
YAMA Mountain Gear Cirriform Tarp 1P - 0.8 oz Dyneema
$360 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
GoLite Shangri-La 5
$350 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's Freedom Shelter
$350 MSRP
Snow Peak Hexa S Pro. Air
Sierra Designs Mountain Guide Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MSR Zing
$350 MSRP
MSR Rendezvous Sun Shield 200
$270 - $329
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Echo II Tarp
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Black Diamond Mega Light
$272 - $319
Exped Arc Tarp
NEMO Front Porch 2P Three-Season Tent / Tarp/Shelter
$195 - $311
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GoLite Shangri-La 4+
$300 MSRP
NEMO Apollo 3P
$250 - $299
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hammock Gear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors
$295 MSRP
Big Agnes Onyx UL Tarp
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
GoLite Shangri-La 3
$275 MSRP
Eagles Nest Outfitters SuperFly Utility Tarp
$142 - $269
Exped Outfitter Tarp IV
$250 - $268
NEMO Shadowcaster 165 Tarp
MSR Twing
$250 MSRP
Big Agnes Deep Creek Tarp
$200 - $249
Exped Tarp III
$179 - $238
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Hammock Hex Tarp
$235 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (15)
GoLite Hex 3 Shelter
$230 MSRP
MSR Rendezvous Sun Shield 120
$180 - $229
Exped Outfitter Tarp III
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
GoLite Shangri-La 2
$225 MSRP
Hilleberg Tarp 10 UL
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Black Diamond Beta Light
$187 - $219
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Shangri-La 1
$200 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent
$200 MSRP
Ultimate Direction FK Tarp
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp
$179 - $199
NEMO Spike 2P Three-Season Tent / Tarp/Shelter
$132 - $199
Kammok Kuhli Pro
Outdoor Research Wilderness Cover Tarp/Shelter / Bivy Sack
$129 - $199
Marmot Space Wing 2P
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