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Lightweight Tarps?
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Contributors to this thread:
Mule Power 12-Feb-20
Trial153 12-Feb-20
Cheesehead Mike 12-Feb-20
Mule Power 12-Feb-20
rodb 12-Feb-20
Ermine 12-Feb-20
LKH 12-Feb-20
76aggie 12-Feb-20
huntabsarokee 12-Feb-20
JohnMC 12-Feb-20
planebow 12-Feb-20
Kurt 12-Feb-20
Mule Power 13-Feb-20
WV Mountaineer 13-Feb-20
elkstabber 13-Feb-20
altitude sick 13-Feb-20
Jaquomo 13-Feb-20
Ambush 13-Feb-20
elvspec 13-Feb-20
Mule Power 13-Feb-20
elkstabber 13-Feb-20
elvspec 13-Feb-20
Grey Ghost 13-Feb-20
Mule Power 13-Feb-20
Ambush 14-Feb-20
Ambush 14-Feb-20
Z Barebow 14-Feb-20
jingalls 14-Feb-20
CO Oak 15-Feb-20
bowdude 15-Feb-20
Trophyhill 15-Feb-20
Trophyhill 15-Feb-20
Mule Power 16-Feb-20
Trial153 16-Feb-20
Mule Power 16-Feb-20
Trial153 16-Feb-20
Trial153 16-Feb-20
From: Mule Power
12-Feb-20
I saw a Slumberjack Satellite tarp on Camofire today. Seems like a nice lightweight model with some decent features.

I would use it mainly for setting up with trekking poles to glass under when the weather is nasty. I’ll use it foe elk hunting a bit but definitely for moose in Alaska.

Opinions on this tarp or suggestions on another at a similar price? Only $60

From: Trial153
12-Feb-20
Seek outside makes hreat light weight tarps, as does kifaru

12-Feb-20
I bought a lightweight silnylon tarp from Campmor.

From: Mule Power
12-Feb-20
Campmor! Why didn’t I think of that? I’ll check. They always have great deals. Thanks

From: rodb
12-Feb-20
www.cookecustomsewing.com

From: Ermine
12-Feb-20
I have a Kifaru sheep tarp. It’s pretty small but works pretty well and weighs 9 oz

From: LKH
12-Feb-20
Couple years back I bought a 9x12 that weighed 13 oz. Used it on a sheep hunt and it was great for dealing with the occasional shower. The two of us would just pull it out, find a big rock and sit under it for the duration. Beat wearing rain gear. Used it each night to cover our packs and gear.

Worth every bit of the $99 it cost.

From: 76aggie
12-Feb-20
12X12 Noah's Tarp by Kelty. Always goes with me to Alaska. Have used to stay out of the rain when I don't want to be in a tent and have covered meat with it as well. We usually bring two. Roughly $50.00 bucks.

12-Feb-20

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I recently purchased some small silnylon tarps for my kill kit to use to lay meat on or to cover meat or to string up above me to get out of the rain. These I purchased from Simply Light Designs and were reasonable, good quality, and free ship.

Looks like they have a shelter tarp on sale for $80.

From: JohnMC
12-Feb-20
A piece of Tyvek will cost you nothing if you know someone to get a piece from and weighs next to nothing. Tough and waterproof. Put it in washing machine for a cycle will soften and quite down.

From: planebow
12-Feb-20
I have the one from Slumberjack. I really like it as it can be set up with trekking poles and the stakes that come with it.

From: Kurt
12-Feb-20
My Integral Design Sil Tarp II (8’x10’) has gone on all my backpack hunts for the past 9 seasons. Combined with 7 DIY tent stakes made from some busted Carbon Injexion arrow shafts with a cut-up roofing nail epoxied into each end to build a 7” “nail” and some light but strong tie out cord plus stuff sack it weighs a pound. Great insurance for the back country. Add your hiking poles and it is a decent shelter. But think ID was bought and may be out of business?

From: Mule Power
13-Feb-20
The k what about size. Obviously bigger means heavier. I don’t intend to use it for camping. Just as a temp shelter for extended glassing.

9x9, 10x10, or 12x12?

13-Feb-20
Simply light designs makes a great product. Trail duster tarp would fit the bill nicely.

From: elkstabber
13-Feb-20
There are lots of options. For fairly light I like Jimmy's Tarps (think he only advertises on Facebook). For really light you can just get a piece of Tyvek, which is used by ultralight hikers. On ebay you'll find Tyvek sold in various sizes and you can get corner or edge tie-downs fairly cheap.

13-Feb-20
I’ve used tyvek as a flooring option. It’s actually heavier than siltarp type material and ridiculously noisy.

So I broke down and bought a lightweight tarp.

And it’s one of the most practical pieces of gear I never knew I needed.

From: Jaquomo
13-Feb-20
I have a 12x12 Noah's and its a great tarp ($60 on sale at REI) but too big for what you want. 8x10 would be more suitable.

From: Ambush
13-Feb-20
8X10 is the perfect size. Make sure whatever you buy has sewn on loops for staking and guying out and a couple in the centre is very handy too. I can make several configurations, from lean-to, Baker pitch to a fully closed in tent for two, in very short order. As far as Tyek, It’s fine if you want to roll up like a tortilla.

For a great look at what you can do with a tarp, google “8’X10’ tarp pitches”.

From: elvspec
13-Feb-20
I have a Kelty Noahs tarp that I love. Super versatile.

From: Mule Power
13-Feb-20
Are those Kelty Noahs 100% waterproof after a few seasons?

The Sanctuary looks really nice and very lightweight.

From: elkstabber
13-Feb-20
Sorry, altitude sick, you're right. Tyvek is usually heavier than silnylon. Chief advantage is that its really cheap. If you need to debone quarters you can use the Tyvek as your groundcloth to keep the meat clean and not feel bad just throwing it away afterwards.

From: elvspec
13-Feb-20
Mule Power I've been having my Noahs for probably 10 years and its still keeping me dry.

From: Grey Ghost
13-Feb-20

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The Noah's tarps are nice. I have the largest one for outdoor cooking and hanging out at camp. But they aren't exactly light weight for backpacking .

Matt

From: Mule Power
13-Feb-20
I think I’m going with the Sanctuary 8x10. Really lightweight and a lifetime guarantee. I like that. More money but it comes with everything and I figure the warranty adds value.

Gearing up for moose gives me an excuse to buy some nice stuff for elk hunting. Thanks for the feedback!!!

From: Ambush
14-Feb-20
In addition to an 8X10 siltarp, I have a silponcho which I believe is 5x8 with a hood in the middle. If a very sudden squall comes up just pull it over your head and it drapes around you, pack and all. It can be staked out as a smaller tarp too. Plenty big for one, but not quite big enough for two unless your very friendly. It’s about the size of a coffee mug and weighs about eight ounces.

From: Ambush
14-Feb-20

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Depth perception is off in the pic, but the silponcho is exactly half the size of the siltarp.

From: Z Barebow
14-Feb-20
When I spike camp, I carry a 8x10 siltarp. GoLite (defunct). I use it to cover my gear at night. (Pack, bow) keeps them dry. Plenty of other uses.

From: jingalls
14-Feb-20
Just picked up an Integral 8’x10’ Siltarp 2 on sale for $104 on SunnySports.

From: CO Oak
15-Feb-20

CO Oak's Link
Check out Paria Outdoors Products Sanctuary siltarps.

From: bowdude
15-Feb-20
go on amazon and look up silnylon tarp. Lots of options. I bought the Chill Gorilla 10x10 to use for my hammock camping. Very light weight. Cost is $32.00. Comes with tie downs, stakes, storage bag and eyelets. Got it all. Not sure of the color options, but for hammock camping, the blue that I picked up works extremely well. We slept under it in downpours and it stays dry.

From: Trophyhill
15-Feb-20

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Yes the Noah's is 100% waterproof. Whether in the Backcountry, or truck camp

From: Trophyhill
15-Feb-20

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From: Mule Power
16-Feb-20
Paria’s Sanctuary tarp is the winner. Only 15.5 ounces and 20.5 for the entire kit. US based company out of Colorado and a lifetime replacement warranty. Reflective Dyneema guy lines and the highest waterproof rating.

The Kelty Noah was a close second but it only comes in 9x9 or 12x12. 12 foot is too big and the 9 footer weighs 1.95 pounds for the kit.

Chill Gorilla makes a nice tarp but again I wanted 8x10 and theirs is 10x10 so the weight is higher at 1.4 lbs tarp only and 1.85 for the kit. They have a nice warranty too.

It was a tough decision because guys I know and respect on here, Lou, otcwill, Grey Ghost and others who were kind enough to comment here own Kelty Noahs tarps. I hope I made the right choice. I’m actually thinking about buying the Noahs tarp too compare. Two tarps in Alaska isn’t a bad thing!

From: Trial153
16-Feb-20
We are bringing two tarps to Alaska this year. The first will be a 8x10 sitka flash shelter along with an extra poll. I am going to run it as front porch off a Kifaru sawtooth. With a different pitch this can double as two person shelter in the unlikely event of tent failure. As is it will provide more room for gear ect, with stakes and 2mm guys from Lawsons it comes in at 23 oz total. Th second tarp I am bringing is Seek outside Gunnison tarp, its 57 x 110, this we will carry with us to set up with trekking poles to keep us out of the weather when glassing. It will also pull double duty to cover meat as well. with stakes and guy lines its 19oz

From: Mule Power
16-Feb-20
57 inches seems small Trial in a sideways wind... or even in general.

I’m definitely going to buy a Kelty Noah. Too many thumbs up not to go with one. The purpose for this one will be a front porch from the tent since calling and glassing right from camp is definitely part of the plan. Their 10x10 will be good for that.

From: Trial153
16-Feb-20

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Here is noah 12, packed weight with stakes and no guy lines. If you get noahs tarp make sure you replace the guy lines that come with it. They are junk and will not hold up in bad wind, you will have to constantly be retighting them because of stretching. Get 3mm refelective cord from lawsons for the pole guys on both tips and 2mm for side guys. You will also have to watch the side seam covers becuas they way they are stiched they will pool water on the points. It not my favorite tarp by far because of the weight and shitty seems however it works for truck camping. When are you going? If you want to borrow my 12 i can send it you

From: Trial153
16-Feb-20
I will most likely use it over the 4th of july for two weeks then pack it away for the rest of year. Let me know and send it out

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