Apr 16, 2010 at 8:29 am #1257792
Is there anything better for the money (and as a first time tarp user) that I should be aware of before I buy this?
ThanksApr 16, 2010 at 12:01 pm #1598687
Roger BBPL Member
Unless you consider the ID poncho (same length and width) for its multiple usesApr 16, 2010 at 2:19 pm #1598749
If your new to tarp camping you may want to go larger, unless you are always going to use a bivy.
I like the extra tie points on the Oware 10×8 and other tarps.
Some companies let you pay a little extra to have them added.
They come in handy for storm pitches sometimes.Apr 17, 2010 at 12:34 am #1598899
@rezniemLocale: San Francisco
You can find cheaper:
OES (MacCat tarps) all make similar/identical product for less money.Apr 17, 2010 at 10:16 am #1598935
I will look into the other suggestions. I have no need for bigger as I will always be in a bivvy as where I am is often wet. I live in the UK so would need to be able to ship here. What about these Ray Jardine ones you sew yourself?Apr 19, 2010 at 3:18 pm #1599635
Can no one help on Ray Jardine Vs these? I can't seem to find much info on the site about tarps in general, despite their importance….Apr 19, 2010 at 3:24 pm #1599638
I had one. They are excellent kit for UK use. The design has seams in all the right places to take wind stress. They are light too.Apr 19, 2010 at 3:48 pm #1599646
One thing that i dont understand is how can different makes have better or worse wind resistance if they are just a 8 x 5 piece?Apr 19, 2010 at 3:51 pm #1599647
My bad, I was thinking of the silshelter, not the siltarp.
You going camping with the two dogs paul?Apr 19, 2010 at 4:04 pm #1599654
you have a great memory! No, not with the dogs, they are actually my parents…. :)Apr 19, 2010 at 4:12 pm #1599658
I agree with Rog, the Silshelter yes, has side protection, but an 8×5 flat tarp intimidates most people when the weather gets sucky:-)
If you do your homework and think about all the situations you can experience, you could be fine. I like a little more coverage myself.Apr 19, 2010 at 4:21 pm #1599664
nanook ofthenorthBPL Member
I have an ID SilDome for sale in the Gearswap, if your looking for a tarp for UK conditions I would highly recommend it. For Northern Ontario with its bugs (almost as bad as the tundera) it doesn't work for me, but would IMO be ideal for the UKApr 19, 2010 at 4:58 pm #1599688
Add a bug net to a sildome in Ontario and it should be a fine shelter. There are many options that weigh only a few ounces. You end up with a good spacious shelter for little weight.Apr 19, 2010 at 11:08 pm #1599897
It wouldn't be a big job to stitch some bug net around the bottom edge of a sildome. The midges can get pretty bad in the UK too. Especially Scotland and the Pennine moors. I'd say, if the OP uses poles, go for the siltarp. Otherwise, the sildome is a good option. Quick and easy to pitch, full protection from wind, privacy on popular sites. The yellow colour sucks for attracting insects though.
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