Overall a good tarp
Ordered this in preparation for a BWCA trip with plans to use it as a dining or gear canopy. Initial inspection showed no problems as I was mainly interested in the integrity of the ties. We ended up using it as a gear cover set up as a modified lean-to. No problem to set up with two people helping-could be tricky by yourself in windy conditions because of the size. It wasn't until we got it up that I discovered a small hole, just a couple millimeters in size, right in the middle of the tarp. Looked like it was some remnant of the manufacturing process, like a punch hole. Not a big deal for our use, but potentially irritating right over your hammock or camp kitchen in the middle of a downpour. It will be a simple fix with seam seal or duct tape-just nice not to have to fix a brand new tarp. Other than that it performed well, packed down pretty small to fit in a portage pack, and the tie-downs held up well in some fairly windy conditions.
20 years and still going strong
I purchased this tarp more than 20 years ago. I have used it countless times as a dining fly, a ground shelter, and a hammock fly. I have carried it on dozens of canoe and backpacking trips.
I am really surprised at the negative comments about the construction quality. I have never had a tear, a leak, or a failure of any of the tie tabs.
There are pros and cons to both grommets or tie tabs but I found that the tie tabs work for me and provide a little versatility over grommets.
The placement and number of tie tabs give lots of options for setup configuration and make for a secure setup in rugged weather.
I am now considering a new sil-nylon tarp to reduce my pack weight but the cost will be 2-3 times as much as for this tarp. Even if I get a new, lighter tarp this tarp will still see some use. I'm glad to see Campmor still sells it after all these years.
One Great Piece of Gear!
This trail tarp is a must-have for backpackers. It can be pitched in dozens of configurations from breezy lean-to to tight storm shelter, one-tree, two trees, and even no trees, with a hiking staff or treking poles. I have used mine in all climes and places and in every kind of weather, including a Pacific typhoon.
It does take some experimentation and practice. Some older camping books and earlier editions of the Boy Scout Handbook are valuable resources for ideas. The 10' x10' size is perfect for a couple of hikers, and I have jammed six into a lean-to in a pinch. Take a couple-three tarps for a group and let imagination construct a nylon Taj Mahal.
Versatile Nylon Tarp
This tarp is the perfect size, and its weight is minimal. The only thing I changed was the design of the tie tabs. I found them to be inconvenient, so I sewed the tabs into loops to make the tarp quicker to set up. The uses for this tarp are limited only by your imagination. I use it for a rain cover for my gear, an emergency lean-to shelter, a quick-to-set-up bivy shelter for warm nights, a container/bag to gather dry leaves and twigs for a fire, or an A-frame tent. I carry a vehicle bag in my car at all times, and one of the primary components in it is a tarp for shelter. Get one!
Best Tarp Ever
This is the second one of these tarps I've purchased from Campmor. I've done quite a bit of research on other tarps and alternative style shelters, but none of them beat this simple tarp outfitted with tiedown straps.
Pros: It's super simple to setup/take down and weighs about half of what my Sierra Designs Backpacking tent weighs. Being able to nod off to sleep while watching the embers in the campfire die down is much more enjoyable than being cooped up in a tent.
Cons: It won't keep out bugs, and if the ground is already wet when you setup camp, you'd better have a good ground cloth or you're sleeping in the mud.
glad we brought it!
At the last minute brought this on our backpacking trip. As it started to rain in the midst of cooking dinner, we quickly put this up and it kept the food and the 5 of us dry. Another reviewer said grommets would have been helpful, so I added about eight 3/8" grommets. They were extremely helpful. Before using this fly again, I will add more as soon as I figure out how to add them to the tapes in the middle of the fly. We will always take this fly with us again.
Primary Camp Shelter
I have used this tarp as my primary camp shelter for several years. It's been through 50+ mph winds, thunderstorms with heavy downpours, below 0 temps with no leaks or tears in fabric or tabs. I seal the seams and tabs every year. All the tie-tabs are great and give you many options. I have set this up in no fewer than 10 different configurations with a Forester being my favorite. This is one tough, reliable piece of kit. I don't see how anybody could call it "flimsy."
Very versatile tarp
Used it while canoe camping as cooking leanto in the wind and as a gathering place for packing gear while breaking camp in a heavy rain. Have also used as a picknic table rain fly and a tent fly. Like the tie straps...over time gromets have frequently pulled out, the straps have not. Also the straps along the center are a great feature for giving many options for setting the fly up. Has held up well for us.
I've used a 10 x 10 tarp tent for about 30 years; lost my tent and purchased this one. The ties are poorly stitched and would not hold up under wind or heavy use. I purchased a grommet kit (under $5) and replaced all the edge ties with grommets; I next over-stitched the 5 central ties using dental floss and applied a water sealer over them. It is now in great shape and ready for my next trip.
We've had our tarp for over 20 years!
We have had our tarp for over 20 years, it works great, we bought one for our son who is now camping. We said this tarp is a must have!
We use ours when we camp, it's the 2nd thing we put up after our tent, and with careful placement of the tarp, we can also enjoy our campfire while it's lightly raining. It's lightweight, and folds up small enough to fit in a backpack.