Tarps and Shelters

Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

GoLite Hex 3 Shelter

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I use this on short duration backpacking trips and it is great for two people or one person and a bike/dog. Combine with the matching nest and it is excellent in buggy climes. I use it mostly without the nest. I love this tee-pee (single pole) design over the dome type tents. I've had this tent for a number of years and among the dozen tents I own it is still my favorite. Best combination of space and lightweight. In buggy areas the Nest (bug net and floor) are a good idea. I mostly use it in fall/winter… Full review

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape

rated 3 of 5 stars Why I no longer use this as rain gear: In wind it blows all over the place unless tied at the waist. Hand and arms are exposed. Maybe not an issue for some, but if you are using hiking poles, your arms will be constantly exposed and rain will most like seep further up into your clothing. Want to get something out of your pack while it is still raining? It is possible, but not convenient to get your pack on and off without getting wet. Next, suppose it is still pouring rain when you want to put up… Full review

Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape

rated 4 of 5 stars Shelter AND rainwear in one svelte package! For those looking to shed serious weight, it's tough to beat a beat a shelter AND rainwear that weighs in at 13 ounces for both! The new Gatewood Capes are made from a slightly lighter fabric and now weigh in at a very svelte 10 ounces (15% lighter than the previous version). My entire setup consists of the Gatewood Cape, six lightweight stakes, guy lines and 5 mini biners for a total weight of 13 ounces.  The biners are used to facilitate a quick change… Full review

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
GoLite Hex 3 Shelter reviewed Jun 16, 2019
$230 MSRP
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user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape reviewed Jun 15, 2019
$135 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
My Trail Poncho UL Tarp reviewed Feb 10, 2019
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hennessy Hammock Asym Hex reviewed Jul 26, 2018
$80
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
BlueField Emergency Tarp reviewed Jul 4, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Deschutes reviewed Jun 19, 2018
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (19)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Jun 18, 2018
$80 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (8)
Hennessy Hammock Expedition Asym Zip reviewed Jun 13, 2018
$160
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 2 reviewed Apr 6, 2018
$715
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Appy Trails Mark III reviewed Mar 31, 2018
$100 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UGQ SilPoly Rectangular Cat Cut Tarp (10x12) reviewed Jan 19, 2018
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Cooke Custom Sewing 1.9oz Silicone Tundra Tarp reviewed Jan 12, 2018
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Gossamer Gear SpinnShelter reviewed Dec 14, 2017
$195 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua Quest Safari Sil Tarp Square reviewed Sep 28, 2017
$130 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (7)
Eagles Nest Outfitters ProFly Rain Tarp reviewed Jun 27, 2017
$40 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 reviewed Feb 17, 2017
$42 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Appy Trails Mark V reviewed Jan 14, 2017
$120 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
YAMA Mountain Gear Cirriform Tarp 1P - 0.8 oz Dyneema reviewed Jan 9, 2017
$360 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bushcraft Outfitters 10' x 10' Tarp reviewed Nov 10, 2016
$64 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
DD Hammocks Tarp 3x3 reviewed Sep 17, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Paria Sanctuary SilTarp reviewed Sep 3, 2016
$80 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear Flat Tarp reviewed Jul 9, 2016
$355
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp reviewed Jun 27, 2016
$80 - $139
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Terra Nova Adventure Tarp 2 reviewed Jun 2, 2016
user rating: 5 of 5 (7)
MSR E-Wing reviewed Feb 19, 2016
$150 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
UGQ Winter Dream reviewed Feb 13, 2016
user rating: 4 of 5 (5)
Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT reviewed Feb 12, 2016
$97 - $129
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hyperlite Mountain Gear UltaMid 4 reviewed Feb 11, 2016
$865
 
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Etowah Outfitters 8 x 10 Tarp reviewed Feb 2, 2016
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (3)
Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp reviewed Jan 28, 2016
$179 - $199
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Hilleberg Tarp 5 reviewed Dec 14, 2015
$170
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 16 reviewed Dec 8, 2015
$50 - $99
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp reviewed Nov 19, 2015
$71 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Hammock Gear Standard Cuben Fiber Tarp with Doors reviewed Oct 13, 2015
$295 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (2)
Warbonnet Superfly reviewed Aug 3, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (15)
Black Diamond Megamid reviewed Jul 31, 2015
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user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Wilderness Logics Tad Pole reviewed Jul 30, 2015
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp & NetTent reviewed Jul 30, 2015
$200 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
NEMO Hunker 2P reviewed Dec 20, 2014
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Wiggy's Freedom Shelter reviewed Nov 7, 2014
$350 MSRP
user rating: 0.5 of 5 (1)
Brooks-Range Ultralite Solo Tarp reviewed Sep 2, 2014
$75 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (4)
MSR OutfitterWing reviewed Aug 26, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
MSR 19' ParaWing reviewed Jun 2, 2014
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Hammock Gear Cuben Fiber Hammock Hex Tarp reviewed Apr 18, 2014
$235 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Ultimate Survival Technologies Base All Weather Tarp reviewed Nov 3, 2013
$22 - $29
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (2)
GoLite Shangri-La 5 reviewed Sep 26, 2013
$350 MSRP
user rating: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Snow Peak Penta Air reviewed Sep 20, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
GoLite Cave 1 Shelter reviewed Aug 10, 2013
discontinued
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Zpacks Hexamid Solo-Plus reviewed Aug 8, 2013
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
MEC Silicone Guides Tarp reviewed Jul 18, 2013
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