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I need a tarp..

Discussion in 'Outdoor Gear, Survival Equipment & More' started by sisk61, May 25, 2012.

  1. sisk61


    Jun 24, 2011
    Hey guys, im looking for a good quality tarp to use on my summer camping trips. im not sure what size i should get, but i was thinking 10x10. Right now im using an old military issue poncho, and it is a pain. its way too small.

    So if there is a best tarp, what is it?
  2. hung-solo

    hung-solo Banned BANNED

    Jun 11, 2009
    a cheapo from Ollies. it repelles water. thats all they do anyway.. shocks me to see folks spend well over 100 bucks for tarp. again all it does is keep the rain off ya. 10x10 at Ollies will run ya $10-15 and if you really was paranoid about it repelling water buy a silicone spray for $5. works like a charm for me.
  3. sisk61


    Jun 24, 2011
    Thank you! yeah i dont understand why some tarps are so expensive. That silicone spray is a good idea. thanks again
  4. JV3


    Mar 17, 2010
    depends what you need...if you're a distance backpacker and need an ultralight one then the integral designs siltarp2 (10'x10', 13 oz) is the ticket...it's on sale for $107 right now. if weight isn't as much a concern but you're still carrying everything on your back then i recommend the bushcraftusa coyote brown 10'x10' ($60, 1.5 lbs). if you're stealth camping or otherwise sleep close to the fire then the bushcraftusa multicam 10'x10' ($115, almost 3 lbs!). if you're car-camping then a $15 one from the hardware store is just fine - only problem is it's a bit "crinkly" so tie it down really tight to reduce the noise when it's windy.

    i've used them all in sun/rain/snow and they're all good to go except the siltarp2 which i just got a few days ago...i'm not a weight weenie, i bought the siltarp2 to cut weight so i can bring more knives instead :p
  5. sisk61


    Jun 24, 2011
    Thanks! What do you mean by stealth camping? I want to get one of those bushcraftusa tarps. Im gonna have to save up for that though! :D

    Weight doesnt really bother me. I consider shelter as the most crucial pieces in my camping equipment, so i dont care about the weight. Space doesnt bother me either. I dont take too much when i go camping. the biggest piece of equipment is my thermarest pad.
  6. Codger_64

    Codger_64 Moderator Moderator

    Oct 8, 2004
    The cheapest way to go is with a painter's plastic drop cloth. Then the ubiquitous blue tarp from WalMart (sometimes found in silver or brown). It goes up from there. Right now I am using a recycled nylon rainfly from a tent. It was the right price... free... left at a campsite with a wrecked tent. Stealth camping is camping in places you don't want to be seen. Camo or subdued color tarps are a must for that.
  7. DrivebyTrucker


    Nov 8, 2005
    I wouldn't order from BCUSA again, and I agree with you that I don't see why tarps are so expensive. Some cost more than a tent. I don't understand why. I like a cheap tarp personally. Have you thought about using two military ponchos, snapping them together for a shelter? That would be very versatile. Now that I have said aloud, I am surprised I just thought of this.
  8. Balldboy

    Balldboy Gold Member Gold Member

    Jun 9, 2003
    I have the 10x10 Brown heavy weight tarp from Home Depot in each vehicle.
    With a hank of paracord and a couple small bungees, you are going to stay dry and out of the wind in most cases if you use some ingenuity. We also carry a rubberized casualty blanket as a ground sheet.
    I think it came out to about $50 per vehicle.
  9. Troy H

    Troy H I'm always like this. Moderator

    Jan 28, 2005
    I highly recommend the GI military ponchos. Usable as a tarp by tying the hood closed, multiple ponchos can be snapped together for larger coverage and very workable, not as loud in the rain as some of the hardware store type tarps. Also, believe it or not, it can work as a poncho for added versatility. :)

    Great piece of gear for $20-40.
  10. Trail Edge

    Trail Edge Banned BANNED

    Apr 23, 2011
    I recently saw some multicam ones 10x10 and 10x12 on the Equip2Endure youtube channel. The tarps are from Bushcraft Outfitters. Here is part 1 of the video set I'm sure you can find the second one if you look on their channel:
  11. sisk61


    Jun 24, 2011
    Thanks guys. I havent thought about using two ponchos as a tarp. that is a great idea! I really like the Bushcraftusa tarp, but its pretty expensive... is the price worth it? Im going out to Utah for a backpacking trip soon, so i dont expect it to rain too much if at all. so maybe the military poncho is "good enough" for this trip. what do you guys think?
  12. milani74


    Feb 15, 2009
    I think it depends on what you want in a tarp. I think JV3 covered it very well. The military ponchos are on the heavier side. While they give you more options as a multi functional piece of gear, it will weigh much more than a silnylon tarp. For instance, I've got a custom tarp for my hammock that is roughly 12X10 that weighs 19 oz. The Bushcraft tarps weigh almost 3 times that amount, but they have the added bonus of being more flame retardant.
  13. wildmanh

    wildmanh KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 9, 2000
    I've talked to a lot of people who have the BCUSA tarps and they really seem to like them. I'm using a thin plastic tarp from the super market. I got twp 10x12 on sale for $5 each last year. Hoping to snag some more this fall. They are kind of like painters drop clothes but with gromets.

    Where will you be Backpacking when you come to Utah? I'm in Spring City which is off Highway 89 about 5 miles from the dead center of the state. Been backpacking all over the place since moving here in '91. Feel free to email me if your coming through this area and want to check out some cool places.
  14. sisk61


    Jun 24, 2011
    Thanks! My Dad and i were thinking about taking a trip to Zion NP. Ive never been, but ive heard its pretty good. We are either gonna head to southern Utah, or over to the Sierra Nevada. Cant make up our minds!
  15. wildmanh

    wildmanh KnifeMaker / Craftsman / Service Provider Knifemaker / Craftsman / Service Provider

    Jul 9, 2000
    I've been through Zion NP a few times. Will be heading down there with the scouts in a few weeks. Just accepted a calling to help with the scouts and the Narrows will be my first trip out with them. Cedar City Canyon is really pretty. I've actually been saving up to make a trip down there or back to Escalenti this summer. BTW I just found your other thread and posted in it about my area here in Central Utah. I can update it with some info about Southern Utah too so as not to get this thread to side tracked.
  16. SunnyBunny


    Feb 12, 2006
  17. ROCK6

    ROCK6 Gold Member Gold Member

    Feb 8, 2004
    JV3 alluded to it and milani spelled it out. The heavier multicam BCUSA tarp is flame retardant and suffers a little on the weight. I like those during the winter when I camp on the ground and closer to a fire. During warmer months when I pack a hammock, I like the lighter weight of the sil-nylon and my hammock isn't too close to the fire. Etowah makes tarps with tabs vice grommets which makes it easier to repair in the field. I have a 10x10 sil-nylon one specifically for my hammock set ups. The larger size allows more room for "battening-down-the-hatches" or to open up like an awning giving you more room to operate outside your hammock when it's raining. Since you're in Alabama, I would strongly recommend getting off the ground during the summer and hammocks are my preference...the larger sil-nylon tarps don't add much more weight or bulk.

  18. panzertroop

    panzertroop Gold Member Gold Member

    Aug 8, 2008
    10x10 Bushcraft USA tarp is awesome! I have had mine for close to two years and have camped in every kind of weather (winter too!) and it has held up very well. The sewn tabs are the way to go.
  19. Tixx

    Tixx Gold Member Gold Member

    Mar 19, 2011

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