- Mar 26, 2017 at 11:33 pm #3459723
Dennis ParkBPL Member
@dparkLocale: San Francisco Bay Area
I want to learn how to use a tarp and I hear that a 8×10 flat tarp is a good start. I see the following manufacturers have options. Who else should I consider? Any particular features to include? Any other thoughts for my new adventure?
I’ll start with sil. Maybe upgrade to CF later.
Oware, MLD, Bearpaw, Simply LightMar 27, 2017 at 5:38 am #3459734
BRYON LBPL Member
I bought an used Integral Designs Siltarp2 (made by RAB now) a couple of years ago and it has been a great learning tarp for me. I just got a MLD Grace Tarp Duo. Observations:
- Linelocs – didn’t have them on the first tarp. Now that I do have them, I understand how incredibly easy it is with them. They do simplify life. Having said that, I’m glad I had a couple of years to work on my knot tying skills so that, should the locs fail/break/etc., no big deal.
- Interior hang loops – I consider them an essential, at least one in the center. I can attach my net tent, a light, etc.
- Exterior pull-out loops – haven’t had them. Bought some of the things from Dutchware to be able to put a pull out anywhere I want, and haven’t found a use for them yet. I’m just going solo under the tarp right now, so expanding space hasn’t been a need
Happy tarping!Mar 27, 2017 at 7:08 am #3459741
David SugenoBPL Member
@davesugenoLocale: Central Texas
Based on recent posts, I would not buy from Bearpaw. I purchased an 8×10 from Simply Light Designs, and am very happy with it. Jared is extremely helpful and easy to work with. I got mine in silpoly, which I prefer to silnylon.Mar 27, 2017 at 7:25 am #3459744
Yama Mountain Gear makes some nice looking tarps. I think he does 8×10.
MLD is known for attention to detail and superior materials.
Move got an SMD 5×9 tarp. I wish I had spent more money and picked up an MLD Monk instead. YMMV.Mar 27, 2017 at 7:49 am #3459755
Check out Oware. He’s a member on these forums and has a reputation for quality.
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