I’ve been having lot of fun lately discovering affordable lightweight backpacking products that won’t break the bank. Here’s another fantastic find from Australian Terra Rosa Gear, called the Wandering Tarp (8.3 ounces in Tyvek), which is priced at $50 AUD ($52 USD) in Tyvek and $75 AUD ($ 78 USD) in silnylon. I got the flat edge version (show above), but this tarp is also available in a catenary cut for the same price.
The Tyvek used in this tarp have a very soft hand and feels a lot more like fabric than your typical house wrap. It’s made using a grade of Tyvek called Soft Structure Stle 1443r which is 100% recyclable and waterproof. This grade of Tvvek is also breathable and is used by Terra Rosa in a low cost sleeping bag / quilt cover, which is a nice companion piece to this tarp.
The dimensions of the Wandering Tarp are 118 inches x 57 inches (3 meters x 1.45 meters) giving it a rectangular shape which is suitable for a variety of ground pitches as well as in an A frame shape over a hammock. The fabric of the tarp is cut in one continuous piece, so there is no ridgeline to seal. It has 8 tie outs total: the 4 corners and the 4 more at the half way point of the long and short sides.
Structurally, each tie-out has a plastic grommets and is reinforced with cuben fiber fabric for extra strength. I’ve never seen cuben used this way, but it certainly makes a lot of sense since cuben fiber is so difficult to tear.
I really like this tarp and think it provides a very affordable way for backpackers or scouts to try out ultralight tarp camping. If you’re on a market for a good value, make sure to visit Terra Rosa Gear and check out their other tarp styles and products.
Disclosure: Terra Rosa Gear provided SectionHiker with a complementary Wandering Tarp for this review.
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