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Well, we got lost last weekend, (long very funny story), and had to set up deep in the woods a few miles off track.

I had my tent and Peter had his hammock.

Peter typically carries 130 lbs in his pack and has his I pad, iphone 20lbs of first aid stuff etc etc...

But...he did have a small nylon/reflective tarp which we used to sit under during the heavy rain, (we typically hike into lean to's)...It worked so well I am now seriously considering one to take along.

I'd like it light,  large enough for 2-3 people to sit under during rain to preferably w/some tie outs along to alter pitch.  I think the Noahs Tarp is a tad heavy/bulky

I will never go w/out a tent so this would be our makeshift lean to/cooking area.

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I have a Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn tarp I bring on some trips when I backpack and most trips when I canoe camp. I picked it up used on BPL gear swap. Works great for around camp when it is expected to rain.

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Sounds like something along the lines of an ID SilTarp would fit the bill for you.

I found a crazy deal on a brand new one at a close-out sale over the summer and I'm still kicking myself for passing on it.
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I've got two different sizes of tarps an 8 x 8 or 10 and a 10x12. The small one I carry on bp trips and the larger one is for canoeing trips. Both from Cook Custom Sewing.
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I have a Granite Gear White Lightning Tarp I use over my hammock.  8x10 and weigh right around 1 lb.
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Noah's Tarp happy user here.  Weight be danged, it sheltered me from a summer storm with horizontal rain and 50 MPH gusts.  the 9x9 is 1 lb 13 oz and worth every oz.

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I use 2 from OES, but Brian has had some difficulties recently, so maybe you should try this place  $79 for an 8 x 10 silnylon

Warbonnet has other sizes and range up to $150. 13 to 19 ounces

There are other suppliers, if you want to drop by hammockforums.net, there is an entire section devoted to tarps and suppliers.


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Noah's Tarp happy user here.

How bulky do you find it??


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I was hiking in San Gorgonio Wilderness and was in a huge storm. It was pounding so hard I could barely see. I ran into two sisters from France waiting out the rain under a hastily rigged tarp and they invited me to share, which I did of course. (Momma didn't raise no dummies.)

I have always remembered that and have thought many times about picking up a very light tarp to use like that or to cook under. Maybe a cuben fiber model so the weight won't be too bad.

I wonder if I can find one with two French girls though? ;-)


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In MN Ray, it might be easier to find some Scandinavian girls for the tarp.

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I'm another happy Noah's Tarp user....mine is 12 x 12 and 2lbs 1 oz.  not ultra-lite for sure but worth the extra weight for the price.

Love the space especially in the rain.

Each to his own....not sure how to answer the bulk question.....


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Noah's Tarp happy user here.

How bulky do you find it??

Definitely bulkier than sil-nylon.  Specs say packed size of 5 x 23 inches, but it's not tightly packed at that size.

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Noah's tarps are great.  I have the 9 and the 12 but they are heavy and I rarely take them backpacking unless we are a group.  
I have a GG SilTwinn that I carry most times.  It will work as a shelter for two and for cooking, etc.
If I am alone, I carry my Go-lite poncho tarp.


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Noah 9&12 user also
I bring the 9 if weather is forcasted to be a issue on short trips.
The 12 with poles is in my Binto for every car camp trip.
I abused both for years and their timex
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thanks for all the replies.

I am a Kelty fan, kind of like my Guild guitars, they are like the step brother no one like to talk about having.

I'm by no means ultra light as I'll carry a decent load of food & bev but it needs to squash down.

I typically jam my tent on top before closing the spindrift collar...would you say the Noahs tarp is bigger/bulkier than a typical fly for a two man tent??


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..would you say the Noahs tarp is bigger/bulkier than a typical fly for a two man tent??

No, I don't think it's any bigger, but I don't have an ultra-lite tent either.

The fly is always the first thing I put up...


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..would you say the Noahs tarp is bigger/bulkier than a typical fly for a two man tent??

No, I don't think it's any bigger, but I don't have an ultra-lite tent either.

The fly is always the first thing I put up...

Agreed.  the 9x9 is probably the same bulk as the fly of my 2 man dome tent.

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Sounds like something along the lines of an ID SilTarp would fit the bill for you.

I found a crazy deal on a brand new one at a close-out sale over the summer and I'm still kicking myself for passing on it.

My backpacking tarp is also an ID SilTarp (8X10).

It has held up well over the last four years, it has seen a fair amount of wind and rain.


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I use a Guide Gear 12x12 that is offered on Amazon or Bargain Outfitters on occasion.  They sell fast when available.  Mine is white, but they carry green or tan ones too. I paid less than 30 bucks including shipping, and it weighs in at 2 lb 1.3 oz  with 4 tie ropes and the carry bag.

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ok, outside of the redneck factor my thinking has taken a very big step backward tech wise.

We were doing so fall clean up around the house the other day and needed to cover up some implements.

my wife had purchased a few blue poly tarps...one 8' x 10'   hmmm.....  did not feel heavy in my hands...granted I'd not want to put it IN my pack.......sad to think where this is going huh??

Ok, darn thing is:

A: waterproof...to a point..
B;  Weighs 18.0 oz
C: I can get one at REI for $7 if I need the backcountry cred. vs home Depot.

Why spend an additional $80-$100+ for a silnylon tarp that will save me 4 oz??????

Now granted, I used an old aluminum drip coffee pot for years, I've always enjoyed kind of a one downsmanship gear wise, (hence my fondness for Coleman Peak One stuff and Kelty)...but a blue tarp....

What am I missing??


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I have a few small tarps .. the ID 8x10 is great, though pricey. I also  have a smaller 5'x8' one, much cheaper, made by (maybe) Equinox, or something similar. I think it cost me about $75.00 or so, is super light, and works fine for 2 people to sit under.

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ok, outside of the redneck factor my thinking has taken a very big step backward tech wise.

We were doing so fall clean up around the house the other day and needed to cover up some implements.

my wife had purchased a few blue poly tarps...one 8' x 10'   hmmm.....  did not feel heavy in my hands...granted I'd not want to put it IN my pack.......sad to think where this is going huh??

Ok, darn thing is:

A: waterproof...to a point..
B;  Weighs 18.0 oz
C: I can get one at REI for $7 if I need the backcountry cred. vs home Depot.

Why spend an additional $80-$100+ for a silnylon tarp that will save me 4 oz??????

Now granted, I used an old aluminum drip coffee pot for years, I've always enjoyed kind of a one downsmanship gear wise, (hence my fondness for Coleman Peak One stuff and Kelty)...but a blue tarp....

What am I missing??

Nothing wrong at all with the Redneck approach.  Blue tarps work great for all kinds of things; seen plenty wrapped around state park shelters down here in Texas for "winter camping" weekenders who don't like the brisk north wind coming off the lakeshore.  Also used one on more than one backpacking trip for a quick shelter or groundcloth.  

I don't particularly like them because they tend to be stiff and hard to cram into a pack.  They're best rolled/folded up and tied to the outside.  Also, they tend to be noisy in the lightest of breezes.  

Otherwise, they're just peachy.  :D


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My first "tarping" trip was under a blue poly-tarp.  I set it up with my poles and slept under the thing just fine, even in a heavy storm that produced tornadoes in the region.  I seen no issue with them, at least on the short term.  If the 4-6oz penalty (with the added volume) doesn't bother you and the cost savings makes it worth it, go with it.

They don't last all that long (start to delaminate after enough UV radiation), but for the short term?  They work.

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ok, outside of the redneck factor my thinking has taken a very big step backward tech wise.

We were doing so fall clean up around the house the other day and needed to cover up some implements.

my wife had purchased a few blue poly tarps...one 8' x 10'   hmmm.....  did not feel heavy in my hands...granted I'd not want to put it IN my pack.......sad to think where this is going huh??

Ok, darn thing is:

A: waterproof...to a point..
B;  Weighs 18.0 oz
C: I can get one at REI for $7 if I need the backcountry cred. vs home Depot.

Why spend an additional $80-$100+ for a silnylon tarp that will save me 4 oz??????

Now granted, I used an old aluminum drip coffee pot for years, I've always enjoyed kind of a one downsmanship gear wise, (hence my fondness for Coleman Peak One stuff and Kelty)...but a blue tarp....

What am I missing??

Tarpsplus has them in all colors.  Tan, camo etc.  More organic than blue.  I use tan to cover my boat.  I think the neighbors appreciate it a bit more.

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Think Northern Tool or Harbor Freight .....best selection and low prices for "redneck" tarps.

Lots of different colors too.....and for the true redneck....they even have camo.....ask me how I know....


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No redneck factor there.  A tarp is.  Use clear plastic if you want to as long as it gets you out there.

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