Tarp Shelter Reviews

A backpacking tarp is a very lightweight backpacking shelter that provides rain and wind protection but is floorless. We review flat tarps – those with 90-degree corners, pyramid tarps, and shaped tarps for use by ground sleepers and hammock campers.

Zpacks Pocket Tarp with Doors Review

The Zpacks Pocket Tarp w/ Doors is a one-person tarp weighing 6.1 oz with guylines attached. It is constructed from 0.55 oz/sq. yard Dyneema Composite Fabric (DCF), a fully waterproof material that doesn’t stretch or sag when wet. I purchased this tent primarily for use in the desert southwest where …

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Slingfin SplitWing Shelter Review

SlingFin SplitWing Shelter Review

SlingFin’s SplitWing Shelter bundle is a 1-2 person, ultralight, three-piece modular shelter system with a tarp, mesh body with a solid floor, and an optional vestibule. This setup allows you to have one system that you can dial in for different 3-season conditions, and save weight by leaving the extra …

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Black Diamond Beta Light Tarp Review

Black Diamond Beta Light Tent

The Black Diamond Beta Light is a single wall, ultralight tarp shelter that weighs 19 oz. It’s also a very affordable ultralight shelter, with an MSRP of just $200, making it an excellent value if you’re trying to save money. The Beta Light has a single front zippered door and …

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Gossamer Gear Twinn Tarp Review

The Gossamer Gear Twinn Tarp is an ultralight backpacking tarp that can accommodate two people and gear. It covers a generous 47 square feet and is easy to set up with two trekking poles or tied between two trees. The tarp is constructed from 10D high tenacity nylon with a …

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Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT Review

Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT Review

The Mountainsmith Mountain Shelter LT is a two-person floorless tarp shelter that requires two trekking poles to set up. Weighing 29.5 ounces, it’s not the lightest weight two-person tarp you can get by a long shot, but it is inexpensive, spacious, and durable, making it ideal for trips where you …

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Hilleberg Tarp 5 Backpacking Tarp Review

It's easy to adapt the 5-sided Tarp 5 to the local environment, using trees as well as stakes to erect unique shelter shapes.

The Hilleberg Tarp 5 is an unconventional, five-sided tarp that weighs 11.3 oz, including guylines and line tensioners. Most backpacking and hammock tarps are four-sided rectangles or six-sided hexagon shapes, so a five-sided tarp is a real departure from the norm. That’s not all that sets the Tarp 5 apart. …

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Ray-Way Tarp Kit Review

Ray-way Tarp Kit Review

The Ray-Way Tarp Kit is an excellent introduction to MYOG (make-your-own-gear) and for a reasonable price, makes a lightweight and highly-packable shelter which is flexible for many situations. I have used a Ray-Way Tarp as my primary solo and 2-person shelter since 2011. Specs at a Glance Type: DIY kit …

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Big Agnes Onyx Ultralight Tarp Review

Big Agnes Onxy Tarp Review

Big Agnes’ Onxy Tarp is a square tarp designed for ultralight backpacking and bikepacking. Weighing 8.1 oz, it’s seam taped and fully outfitted with guy lines and tensioners out of the box, so you don’t have to buy anything extra to start using it. The tarp also includes a short …

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Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent Review

Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent Review

The Hilleberg Mesh 1 Tent is a spacious single-person A-frame style bug bivy designed to be used under a tarp. While it’s frequently bundled with Hilleberg’s Tarp 5 Backpacking Tarp (see review), it can be used with any rectangular tarp to form a well-ventilated and insect-proof shelter, ideal for camping …

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