Who needs a tent?
Six years ago my buddies and I decided to go ultralight. First thing to go was my 4-lb tent. I found this tarp at Campmor and I've used it on several backpack trips.
This tarp is very versatile. It can be set up lean-to style in nice weather, or slung low and closed off on the ends in foul, wet, windy weather. It can be set up in a traditional A-frame fashion using sticks you find in the woods, or spare hiking poles. I've only packed a tent pole one time, when I was travelling in high alpine country and not sure if I'd find a suitable stick.
Condensation has not been an issue at all. Any moisture that forms on the underside usually evaporates off quickly when the day warms up.
Using a tarp does take careful planning, and I have to carefully consider my campsite and find the best spot. But the flip side is that this tarp adapts very well to all terrain.
best of all: I cut my shelter weight by 75%!
Bought for a week-long canoe camping trip. Only set up once due to generally good weather, but really appreciated during the one downpour. Didn't have much warning, and trees were a bit dense for such a large tarp, but it did keep us dry during dinner. (The mosquitoes also appreciated the shelter that allowed them to enjoy a meal!) Even set up crudely, it held up fine in the wind that picked up.
I thought hard about spending twice the money for this tarp that was half the weight of "coated" products. I'm glad I did. If it were any heavier or bulkier, I would have resented carrying it for the limited amount of use. As it was, it slipped in nicely into my pack.
Now, I just need to practice more the various ways to set up a tarp shelter!
Great tarp but...
First the good things:
This tarp is very very light (although mine was 22.2 oz vs the 18.8 oz); the workmanship was very good... I checked all the seams and every one was perfect; the grommets are aluminium and reinforced (doubled at the corners); tie downs are also reinforced; comes with a nice mesh bag; and its just nice to buy a product made in the USA these days.
There are only five grommets on each side so on the 12 ft side that puts them about 3 feet apart..too risky when the winds come up; and the center seam is not taped so you'll have to seal it on your own.
I have been camping with tarps for over 30 years and this tarp has replaced most of my other tarps. I have used it on several backpacking trips and it shows no signs of wear in spite of its light weight. It is light, easy to set up and very weather worthy. I particularly like the center line ties as they largely eliminate the need for a center pole. The light green color blends in nicely with camp, but lets thru a nice, filtered amount of light. It could use a few more grommets, but that is minor issue. I would like to see a 14' X 16' model suitable for larger groups.
10x12 backpacking tarp for hiking
This back packing tarp is exactly what I was looking for. It's light weigh and strong, made of nylon ripstop material, it's also waterproof due to silicone treatment. These tarps are excellent shelters for anyone who doesn't want to carry a tent. With a little para cord you can rig up shade from the sun and protection from the rain. Roll up in it for a quick shelter from a storm. Gather the opposite ends and with a few wraps of para cord, you can rig up a decent hammock or use it to collect rain water. It's one of the most useful pieces of equipment that I carry.
Awesome Backpacking Tarp
Purchased this tarp for backpacking with groups of 8-12 people. When participating in extended treks, weight is a very important consideration and this tarp provides provides the proper balance in weight and functionality. It barely weighs over 1 lb and it's 10x12' dimension creates the idea dining fly for a large group. You do need to be careful with the fly since it's made of the same material as the ultra-light tents (ripstop nylon).... a strong material but not resilient to poking objects! Also, the tarp needs to be sealed (but not new for silicon impregnated nylon items).
We have bought 8 of these Equinox tarps
We bought two in 2004 for Philmont 11 day treks. Used them on 3 treks and over and over at home training crews to go. Still in original condition. Bought 6 more to train adult Scout leaders how to prepare for Philmont.
Big enough to get 12 backpacker under during rain or hail.
Weighs 2.2 lb with cords, stakes & stuff sacks.
Excellent and worth the money
I bought this ultralight for dual purposes, for hiking and kayaking. For hiking, this is a no-brainer. Its lightweight and strong. For touring kayaking, this is also the way to go since when you're on the river for multiple days / weeks, weight matters.
I just finished 15 days on the Yukon River in northern canada, and used this twice.
Great Tarp for a small group
This is an awesome tarp. We use it for 3-4 people, and it keeps everyone dry. It does require seam sealing and some skill in proper set up, but any tarp would require this. For 4 people, a shelter that weighs in at 24 ounces (including stakes, guy lines, and ridge line) is really a great way to go lighter!
EXCELLENT QUALITY PRODUCT!!!
First use was during BSA survival training in heavy E TX downpour. Lightweight yet waterproof. Stayed dry all night. Ties on top are very useful. No condensation noted. Well made product and excellent versatile design - grommets well placed. Got to use all the knots...Syberian hitch, prusik, double half hitch, tautline, and alpine butterfly. Highly recommended.