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How big a tarp do I need for me and occasionally another? Mostly overnights, maybe two. Need good protection from rain, sleeping on the ground. I was thinking 8x6. And I'm not really looking to spend money on bat-wing, reverse cantilever, space-fiber stuff. I haven't slept under a tarp before, but in a tent plenty, so save me the thing.

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For 2 with adequate protection from rain I would recommend a 8x10. I have slept both me and my son with my gear under a 8x10 tarp set up in a low A-Frame in rain and been fine, although, I did have to take a little time to arrange everything so that it didn't get wet.

I have a 10x6.5 and IMO it is fine for 1 person in the rain. Two people would be pushing it I think...


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If you make a simple A-frame with a 45 degrees, you're reducing the width by a factor of 1.4, so 7 feet gives you a ground width of 5 feet (less if you don't have a triangular cross-section).  I wouldn't go any less than 8x10 for two people.
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Really, for very little weight gain, I'd go with a square 10x10. A square allows MANY more pitching options and lets you spread out a bit. Oware flat square works great! Mike and Allen's Really Cool Backpacking Book shows a bombproof pitch for nasty weather, but it requires a square tarp. In northern Ontario bush, a 10x10 square has served me well even in the dead of winter.

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I decided on a 10x10 for the extra height that would be available.  fyi, stay away from OES if you actually want a tarp.
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I just spend two days researching tarps. Was limited by budget. Below are the cheapest decent tarps I found. I crossed the Kelty Noah's Tarp off the list because it has a 450mm coating.

1) If you don't mind the color black and are hard up for money, consider a 6P or 8P footprint from REI Outlet.

2) Chinook: 2000mm coating. About $50. Not easy to find.

3) Equinox: Campmor $60

4) Guide Gear  11 x 11. 190T fabric, 1000 mm coating. Catenary cut. $33 from Bargain Outfitters. Reviews are mixed and indicate that quality control is uneven.

5) Outdoor Products  http://www.rei.com/product/842320/outdoor-products-coated-tarp

I ended up getting the Outdoor Products. There are no specs available on the fabric or the coating, but Walmart sells the 5x7 version for just $10, so you can go to Walmart and check the quality. I've carried the 5x7 as an emergency kayaking shelter for a couple of years. If you sewed two of these together ($20) you would get a 7x10 tarp, which is likely too small. So use your REI $20 coupon (received in the mail a couple of days ago) and pay $37 for the 9.5x12 with free shipping. Call your local REI store and see what colors they have. They can ship directly from the store so you get the color you want.
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I second the footprint idea.

I got one at LL Bean for under $20 from a 4p tent.  I plan on pairing it up w/my Outdoor Research Double bug bivy.

It is not my primary shelter tho...especially this year with the horseflies as big as my thumb.


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Just got back from a kayaking trip and used the Outdoor Products tarp. There was a lot of rain; not too muchwind. The tarp help up well and was pretty much waterproof. A lot of water did accumulate in the perimeter seams but that didn't affect the performance. I recommend it.

Cheap tarps like these can be improved by reinforcing the corners and center with webbing straps or adding sewn-in tie loops.
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