Anyone use these tarps? Experiences? They appear to be a great bang for the buck.
For those that have used them, are you using the Adventure or Expedition series? 1 or 2?
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September 9, 2013, 12:30 PM
What makes them any different than any other 5'X8' plastic tarp besides the fancy name?
September 10, 2013, 10:27 AM
The jury is still out but have heard extra reinforcment at the tie-downs, light weight and low cost touted elsewhere. Looking for validation (or not) of this claim by any users here.
September 10, 2013, 10:35 AM
It is considered good form to provide a link to any product you're inquiring about so others aren't left in the dark. http://www.terra-nova.co.uk/tarps-bivis-bothies/all-tarps
Tarp camping has become very popular for the ultralight backpacking community and there is a race to find the lightest material strong enough to provide shelter from wind and rain and still be practical. If you're not carrying the tarp in a pack, weight is far less important, but the features of this new generation of backpacking tarps makes for easier setup and quieter camping (less flapping in the wind). Here's an example of a U.S. product providing remarkable features at 20oz. http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com/products.php
September 10, 2013, 06:57 PM
i spent a night in the woods after being turned around in the dark years ago and used two 30 gal garbage bags that i had for boned out deer meat if i got one,it was not to cold or rainy and i was plenty warm and dry with the little fire i had. now i carry all the things i need on my four wheeler for a unexpected overnight stay in the rough. eastbank.
September 11, 2013, 08:37 AM
Thanks for the links hso. I'll remember to include a reference link next time.
Lightweight is a factor for me as it will be carried in a pack. I'm not a ounce-counter per se but do want a tarp on the lighter side that will hold its own in the wind.
I'll take a close look at the Outdoor Equipment Supplier link you provided. Thanks again!
September 11, 2013, 02:08 PM
If I am on either my horse or hiking and have trekking poles I take the Nemo Meta 2P with me. It is the best lightweight tent that I have found. The only problem is that it requires trekking poles. On my horse I put collapsible poles in my side pack. When I was bucked off and spent two nights on the mountain looking for the horse I used the tent.
Nemo Meta 2P Review (http://www.backpackgeartest.org/reviews/Shelters/Tents/Nemo%20Meta%202P/Owner%20Review%20by%20Ray%20Estrella/)
September 11, 2013, 02:29 PM
You can also shave weight from tents by looking into Hammocks. Not the cheapest alternative, but it has some good trade offs if you're in the right environment. They are lightweight and you only need a couple of trees spaced out at a proper distance. If your in rocky or hilly country, the hammock will give you some additional options.
September 11, 2013, 02:32 PM
also, another excellent choice for a high quality lightweight tent is