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

Klymit Traverse Shelter added Mar 17, 2019
$60
Snow Peak Hexa S Pro. Air added Mar 11, 2019
$350
Big Agnes Onyx Tarp Carbon added Mar 8, 2019
$500
Marmot Space Wing 2P added Mar 7, 2019
$199
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
My Trail Poncho UL Tarp added Feb 10, 2019
$100 MSRP
Kammok Kuhli Pro added Jan 7, 2019
$199
REI Quarter Dome SL Tarp added Jan 7, 2019
$149
Big Agnes Ptarmigan Tarp 14 x 14 added Jan 7, 2019
$111
Big Agnes Ptarmigan Tarp 10 x 10 added Sep 12, 2018
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
BlueField Emergency Tarp added Jul 4, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Deschutes added Jun 19, 2018
Ultimate Direction FK Tarp added May 23, 2018
$200
Trek Light Gear V9 Strong Tarp added May 23, 2018
Grizzly Tarps Silver Grizzly Tarp added Apr 4, 2018
Grand Trunk Abrigo Rain Fly & Shelter added Mar 2, 2018
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UGQ SilPoly Rectangular Cat Cut Tarp (10x12) added Jan 19, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp added Jan 12, 2018
Mountainsmith Mountain Shade Tarp added Nov 2, 2017
$60
Hilleberg Tarp 10 XP added Oct 3, 2017
$195
Hilleberg Tarp 20 XP added Oct 3, 2017
$370
Kammok Kuhli added Sep 21, 2017
$169
Ogawa Pilz 7-ST 1 added Sep 19, 2017
Big Agnes Onyx UL Tarp added Apr 13, 2017
$280
Amok Draumr 3.0 Tarp added Apr 13, 2017
Outdoor Research Wilderness Cover added Mar 31, 2017
$199
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 6 Wing added Mar 3, 2017
$159 - $194
Therm-a-Rest Tranquility 4 Wing added Mar 3, 2017
$90 - $129
NEMO Spike 1P added Mar 3, 2017
$120 - $149
NEMO Front Porch 2P added Mar 3, 2017
$195 - $311
NEMO Spike 2P added Mar 3, 2017
$132 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua Quest Safari Sil Tarp Square added Feb 28, 2017
$130 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bushcraft Outfitters 10' x 10' Tarp added Nov 10, 2016
$64 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
YAMA Mountain Gear Cirriform Tarp 1P - 0.8 oz Dyneema added Oct 20, 2016
$360 MSRP
Slumberjack Satellite Tarp added Oct 12, 2016
$74 - $79
Brooks-Range Ultralite Guide + Tarp added Oct 5, 2016
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly XL Rain Tarp added Sep 20, 2016
$100
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Sil XL Rain Tarp added Sep 20, 2016
$120 - $139
Eagles Nest Outfitters FastFly Sil Nylon Rain Tarp added Sep 20, 2016
$84
Eagles Nest Outfitters Camo ProFly Rain Tarp added Sep 20, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Paria Sanctuary SilTarp added Sep 3, 2016
$80 MSRP
Fjallraven Abisko Tarp added Jul 17, 2016
$110
REI Camp Tarp 12 added May 27, 2016
$70
REI Camp Tarp 9 added May 27, 2016
$60
REI Camp Tarp 16 added May 27, 2016
$100
Exped Outfitter Tarp IV added May 20, 2016
$202 - $268
Exped Tarp III added May 20, 2016
$179 - $238
Exped Outfitter Tarp III added May 20, 2016
$172 - $228
MSR Rendezvous Sun Shield 200 added May 3, 2016
$270 - $329
MSR Rendezvous Sun Shield 120 added May 3, 2016
$180 - $229
MSR Thru-Hiker 100 Wing added May 3, 2016
$135 - $189
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