Tarps and Shelters

Recent Tarp/Shelter Reviews

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp

This tarp is unlike any other that I have used. If you are looking for a hammock tarp that offers you more coverage than most tarps, then this is for you. I bought this tarp for the sole reason it had doors on both ends. I had not seen a tarp like this before. I used it in a storm this past weekend and it performed perfectly. No water entry at all. I stayed bone dry. It is pretty lightweight at 29 ounces and is much larger than other tarps I have used. It is 10'8" x 8'10". You can tie this one off… Full review

rated 1.5 of 5 stars
Tentsmiths Forester Tent

Very poor customer service. Tent loops too small. The tent's loops are too small to use a large enough (i.e. strong enough) stick/branch to support the tent. I have asked repeatedly what type of pole is intended and Deborah passes my email to Peter who never responds. There is no real photo of this tent in use, only a drawing that I tried to emulate, without any success due to the loops being about 2-3 sizes too small. The end effect is that the top of the tent sags, which then causes water to collect… Full review

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
GoLite Hex 3 Shelter

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

rated 3 of 5 stars
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape

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

rated 4 of 5 stars
Six Moon Designs Gatewood Cape

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
My Trail Poncho UL Tarp

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Hennessy Hammock Asym Hex

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
BlueField Emergency Tarp

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

user rating: 4.5 of 5 (20)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 reviewed Sep 4, 2019
$55
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters HouseFly Rain Tarp reviewed Jul 22, 2019
$80 - $139
user rating: 1.5 of 5 (1)
Tentsmiths Forester Tent reviewed Jul 22, 2019
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (16)
GoLite Hex 3 Shelter reviewed Jun 16, 2019
$230 MSRP
discontinued
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 - $83
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 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
$64 - $89
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (10)
Kelty Noah's Tarp 9 reviewed Feb 17, 2017
$40 - $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: 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
$130
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
$200
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
$70
user rating: 4 of 5 (3)
Eagles Nest Outfitters Fast Fly Rain Tarp reviewed Nov 19, 2015
$64
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
discontinued
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
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