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PostIcon Posted on: Oct. 15 2013, 5:46 pm  Skip to the next post in this topic. Ignore posts   QUOTE

Hello,
           I'm looking to purchase one of these three tarp shelters.
http://www.granitegearstore.com/White-Lightnin-P97C6.aspx
http://www.sixmoondesigns.com/tarps/GatewoodCape.html
http://www.golite.com/Poncho-Tarp-P885.aspx
I live in the Bay Area so I won't be in snowy conditions, but moisture is an issue. I don't have any experience with these brands so anything helps. Other shelter recommendations are welcome.
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The 3 you list seem a bit o' 'apples and oranges'. I have the Gatewood Cape, and it seems somewhat different from the other two. There's also a bit of a wide range in price - what's your limit, and what will you use as an inner?

I'd also take a look at what's available at Mountain Laurel Designs and Oware.
Mountain Laurel Designs Tarps & Trailstars
MLD makes almost all their tarps in Sil or Cuben.

Oware Tarps

I'm sure others will also have their favorite source for tarps.
Ztarps is almost a certainty to be mentioned - there are many others.
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An "other" than I have had for a while and like a lot is the MLD SoloMid:
http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com/shop...._id=137

As needed I'll also bring the inner net.

But then I DO backpack in the Sierra even though it's not where I live....
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Hard to make recommendations without understanding how you're going to use it and what your priorities are.

The GoLite is TINY, even by UL tarp standards.  Good as an emergency shelter or for dry/desert hikes in good weather.  GoLite's ShangriLa's are good solid tarptents, imo.

The Granite Gear is heavy for the size and way too expensive for the shape, imo.  No beak will make it more vulnerable to weather.  I wouldn't settle for that weight and simplicity unless it was DIRT cheap.  For instance, you can get this basic 8x10 tarp weighing 1lb 6.5oz from Campmor for $45:
http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___22217

For light (silnylon) ridgeline tarps, check out (along with the Oware suggestion from Gabby):
Bearpaw for really reasonably priced silnylon tarps:
http://www.bearpawwd.com/tents_tarps/tarps.html
And Outdoor Equipment:
http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com/rectangular_tarps.php

Ridgeline tarps (like the ones above) are inexpensive and easy but don't give you much headroom.

I have a bunch of silnylon tarps I made myself and they're great for certain conditions.  Advantage is their weight.  I would expect a solo tarp to be well under 1lb.  I also have an cuben MLD Trailstar.  Not inexpensive... but roomy 2-person shelter for under a pound.

If I need bug protection, I like Tarptents. (www.tarptent.com)  I have a Contrail (1+ person) and a Squall (2 person).


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Sorry for the inconvenience, Price range is around 200 and I do plan on using it in the Sierra's occasionally. I'm also 15 and pretty short.
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Sorry for the inconvenience, Price range is around 200 and I do plan on using it in the Sierra's occasionally. I'm also 15 and pretty short.

If you are short, the Gatewood Cape will likely be too long to wear comfortably as a poncho.  That is the way it was for me anyway and I'm 5'4".
The GoLite is fine as a poncho, though noisy, but I've never used it as an overnight shelter.  Only as a cook shelter or emergency dayhike shelter.


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Mountain Laurel designs Patrol Shelter...
• 11.5oz Silnylon 1.35 $160 Yellow or Gray


Over 30sq/ft of Usable Space

Front Width: Adjustable 4.5 - 5.5�
Rear Triangle: 34� Wide X 25� Tall
Baseline Length: 8�
Ridgeline Length: 8.5� w/o beak
Rear Wall Width: 34� Each Side
Front Wall Width: 42� Each Side
Height: Adjustable 30� - 48� (36� with tight ground level pitch)


Features

• No zippers, flaps, latchs, clips, snaps, velcro, moving parts = Freedom.
• Closed rear foot triangle provides great protection and allows a slightly shorter length tarp with even more coverage overhang at head end.
• Fast set up. Stake out rear corners, set and stake rear pole, set and stake front pole, stake out front corner.
• All tieouts include LineTensioners.
• Interior aridgeline gear hang loops for tying up bivy hoods, bug nets, etc.
• Three perimeter tieouts per side.
• Beak has a reinforced interior apex for using a pole against the inside plus an exterior tieout on the apex. Longer non adjustable pole users can place the pole at the edge of the beak, tie a line from the exterior apex to the pole and stake that out and then uses a short bungee line to tie clip the beak mid height to the pole.
• Can be pitched low and wide and the beak forms a front triangle wall for high wind and driving rain or snow. Pitch the front high for fair weather and ventilation.

I have the Cuben version(6.8 ounces) and I love it. I also use it with a Bear Paw Wilderness bug bivy. The Patrol Shelter is worth a look..


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