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muttly
03-14-2010, 15:31
Looking for a good entry level tarp. Must be affordable (read: inexpensive). To say I am on a budget in an understatement. I can't afford a budget.

Thanks in advance,

Bags4266
03-14-2010, 15:47
http://www.mosquitohammock.com
see the 8 x 10 for $50.00 shipped weighs 16 oz

or

http://www.campmor.com/8-ft-x-10-ft-ultralight-backpacking-tarp.shtml?source=CI&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=20069WC

I'm sure there are more people who will chime in.

Bags4266
03-14-2010, 15:48
Forgot to mention if your really frugel. Home Depot blue poly tarps if you don't mind the weight

Trooper
03-14-2010, 15:58
Is weight a consideration or durability a consideration? Are you car camping, hiking, in the back yard? We could help a bit more if you told us what features and qualities are most important to you-we all understand cheap but most here will suggest paying for quality for the first and only time.

Let us know what you need and we'll let you know the cheapest you can get away with.

Ramblinrev
03-14-2010, 16:08
I've heard of plastic painters drop cloths being strung up for a temporary tarp. Hard to beat the cost there but the durability is less than ideal.

Strapped-4-Cache
03-14-2010, 16:12
Here's another option:

Guide Gear 12 x 12 Tarp (http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=328267&pn=1)

pedro
03-14-2010, 16:14
For the truly cheap, Tyvek. Scrounge some from a construction site and make a tarp. There are articles here on working with Tyvek.

Shug
03-14-2010, 16:18
Shower curtain ..... hard to find in camo........

muttly
03-14-2010, 16:18
So true, Trooper. Durability edges out weight. Plan on multi-use; solo, car camping, backpacking with family (them in tent). D-rings would be nice. Your point about making a good investment from the start has got me thinking. Value can be measured in more ways than just cost.

All comments are appreciated!

I bow to the wisdom of the forum...

pedro
03-14-2010, 16:25
Here's another option:

Guide Gear 12 x 12 Tarp (http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=328267&pn=1)

Those are good tarps for the $$$. I use one. Unfortunately, they're out of stock until May.

Trooper
03-14-2010, 16:38
...Durability edges out weight. Plan on multi-use; solo, car camping, backpacking with family (them in tent). D-rings would be nice. Your point about making a good investment from the start has got me thinking. Value can be measured in more ways than just cost...

It sounds like you'll need to spend about $50.00, and I would suggest something in rip-stop nylon, as silnylon will get expensive. The Gear Guide tarp is good sized, has good reviews, and is inexpensive (especially with the sale). Another option would be the Hennessy Hex (http://hennessyhammock.com/specs_70hexdfly.html) at $60. Either tarp will be a good value as they are durable, much lighter than poly, but you're not paying for the slightly lighter silnylon. Anything cheaper will slowly bleed you with replacement costs.

I'll bet they will even retain enough value to resell here on HF when you want to upgrade. You're not the first person to want a "cheap tarp", and you certainly won't be the last.

Trooper
03-14-2010, 20:00
I don't know how willing you are to tackle a DIY, but $45 for silnylon is a great deal:

Speer Hammocks Sale Items (http://www.speerhammocks.com/Products/Sale.htm)

Strapped-4-Cache
03-15-2010, 04:39
Since the Guide Gear is out of stock, here's another inexpensive alternative:

Chinook 12 x 14 (http://www.gotogazzos.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=1071359&pid=69466)

It's big, comes with decent reviews, and is scheduled to be back in stock tomorrow.

- Mark (S-4-C)

BrianWillan
03-15-2010, 10:41
Since the Guide Gear is out of stock, here's another inexpensive alternative:

Chinook 12 x 14 (http://www.gotogazzos.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=1071359&pid=69466)

It's big, comes with decent reviews, and is scheduled to be back in stock tomorrow.



I have the Chinook 12'x9'6" (http://www.gotogazzos.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=1071359&pid=69465) tarp and it does it great job. I just added some ridge line pull out loops through the grommets as detailed in some of the photos in my gallery. Great value at $20.00. To get an accurate weight on, my tarp with the 2 added grosgrain loops weighs 800 grams.

Cheers

Brian

Doctari
03-15-2010, 11:09
Here's another option:

Guide Gear 12 x 12 Tarp (http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=328267&pn=1)

I have one of the discontinued (don't know why they stopped carrying it!) camo versions of this tarp (& the 9 x 9 version) & found it to be a nice tarp withstanding several 50+ mph T-Storms with no damage. You can't beat the cost either, plus SG has a nearly 100% return policy. So, if you don't like it, return it.
Both of mine actually fit back into the stuff sack after I took em out the first time. Usually the stuff sacks are only able to be stuffed in the factory then never again. :)

Bags4266
03-15-2010, 11:19
I have the Chinook 12'x9'6" (http://www.gotogazzos.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=1071359&pid=69465) tarp and it does it great job. I just added some ridge line pull out loops through the grommets as detailed in some of the photos in my gallery. Great value at $20.00. To get an accurate weight on, my tarp with the 2 added grosgrain loops weighs 800 grams.

Cheers

Brian

Not to Hijack, just wondering the weight on the 12x 9.5 Brian?

Shipping Dimensions
Weight: 1.9 pounds.
Dimensional Weight: 0.81 pounds.
Dimensions: 4" (W) x 2" (H) x 17" (D)
Weight Disclaimer: * Weight may vary based on configuration

Not sure if the weight is 1.9lbs or if thats the shipping weight? And the true weight is .81lbs? Thanks

ccathcart72
03-15-2010, 11:22
I have the Chinook 12'x9'6" (http://www.gotogazzos.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=1071359&pid=69465) tarp and it does it great job. I just added some ridge line pull out loops through the grommets as detailed in some of the photos in my gallery. Great value at $20.00. To get an accurate weight on, my tarp with the 2 added grosgrain loops weighs 800 grams.

Cheers

Brian

One thing to note is that many of the sites carrying the Chinook tarps are currently out of stock. I have been looking to buy one of the 12' x 9'6" tarps for about a month and have been checking back with the various websites. These Chinook Tarps have gotten pretty good reviews here and can be very inexpensive depending on which site you visit. I have shopped around and found the Chinook tarps from $20 up to $40. I'll post back if I find a site back in stock at a good price.

Chris

X-Lem
03-15-2010, 12:06
http://www.mosquitohammock.com/

$50 free shipping, 1lb. I have the Small Rain Fly, seems sturdy enough. Backyard sprinkler tested only - no leaks.

Strapped-4-Cache
03-15-2010, 14:31
Here's another source for the Chinook, and they currently say they have 17 in stock:

Chinook 14 x 12 Tarp (http://www.outdoorsmansource.com/catalog/product.asp?ret_id=1070319&pid=69466)

I'm gonna kick myself for not getting one, but I'm between checks right now. Grab one while they're hot!

- Mark (S-4-C)

thecrumb
03-15-2010, 14:39
I got my first tarp from here:

http://www.bigrockoutfitters.com

Etowah Outfitters Backpacking Tarp Starting at: $39.75

Prices went up a bit but I've been happy with the tarp so far...

If the Sportsman Guide doesn't get back in stock in May I'll probably pick up another one of these.

Jim

rigidpsycho
03-15-2010, 14:59
The Kelty Noah9 offers great coverage. Campmor sells them(http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___22048). Also for $80 you could go for the Funky Forest tarp by Grand Trunk Goods(http://www.grandtrunkgoods.com/ProdDetails.aspx?prodId=66), this is the tarp I currently use.

BrianWillan
03-15-2010, 15:19
Not to Hijack, just wondering the weight on the 12x 9.5 Brian?

Shipping Dimensions
Weight: 1.9 pounds.
Dimensional Weight: 0.81 pounds.
Dimensions: 4" (W) x 2" (H) x 17" (D)
Weight Disclaimer: * Weight may vary based on configuration

Not sure if the weight is 1.9lbs or if thats the shipping weight? And the true weight is .81lbs? Thanks

Hey Bags4266. My tarp alone (no stuff sack) weighed in at 800 grams (28.2 ounces) on my digital scale. The weights there listed don't bear any resemblance to reality. Note the terms used: Shipping dimensions weight, Dimensional Weight. The shipping weight is close to reality. The 0.81 pounds is out to lunch.

Cheers

Brian

Bags4266
03-15-2010, 16:25
Thanks B, Saw that on an earlier post. To heavy for me, but car campers and those who don't mind the extra weight its a win, and very cheap too. Hell, I might buy one anyway, for $20.00 , one less lunch at the bar.

schwieb
03-17-2010, 10:00
Here's another option:

Guide Gear 12 x 12 Tarp (http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=328267&pn=1)

I'll second this tarp. Also available from the Sportsman's Guide (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-tarp.aspx?a=254694) which is probably the same company.

ccathcart72
03-17-2010, 12:08
Well I finally went ahead and ordered a tarp. I ended up getting the Chinook 12' x 9'6" tarp. Ambient outdoors finally has them back in stock. http://www.ambientsw.com/gs55094.html
The tarp + shipping was only $30.82 ($21.75 for the tarp and $9.07 for shipping). I figured it was hard to beat this deal. Plus these tarps have gotten good reviews around these forums.

Chris

TAlexander
03-17-2010, 12:15
Those are good tarps for the $$$. I use one. Unfortunately, they're out of stock until May.

The website said they are "In Stock."

TOB9595
03-17-2010, 12:43
Those are good tarps for the $$$. I use one. Unfortunately, they're out of stock until May.

iN STOCK AT PRESENT
Tom

tammons
03-17-2010, 14:12
You can get a poly tarp from Lowes for about $8.

If you are concerned about weight then save up some $ and get a silnylon ultralight tarp from campmor.

TAlexander
03-17-2010, 15:19
I'll second this tarp. Also available from the Sportsman's Guide (http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/guide-gear-tarp.aspx?a=254694) which is probably the same company.

It is $10 cheaper at bargain outfitters.

schwieb
03-18-2010, 09:40
It is $10 cheaper at bargain outfitters.

I know! Go figure.

LostCause
03-18-2010, 11:37
First tarp I made was from a orange plastic tube tent and reinforced with some duct tape along the edges and tie outs. I couldn't tension it out really really tight because it would stretch the plastic but it was functional. Cost was about 5 bucks for the tent, but a cheaper and probably better one could be made with some plastic painter's dropcloth mentioned above.
I don't remember the weight, but it was relatively light and not that bulky.

In the end you probably will buy a better quality tarp because of the bulk and weight advantages and increased durability. OES (http://outdoorequipmentsupplier.com), JRB (http://jacksrbetter.com/), and Warbonnetoutdoors (http://warbonnetoutdoors.com/) make some fantastic tarps. if you want to make your own, Speerhammocks (http://speerhammocks.com/Products/Tarps.htm) has a kit and noah lamport (http://www.noahlamport.com/) (you have to call them) has silnylon for $3/yrd plus shipping if you want to use the blackcat directions (http://www.hammockforums.net/index.php?page=blackcat).

Whatever you choose, the important part is that you get out there and use it. Good luck in your search.

GNUbalance
03-23-2010, 20:33
Those are good tarps for the $$$. I use one. Unfortunately, they're out of stock until May.

You might know something I don't..... I went to that link and they have it for 20 bucks and in my cart it says its in stock....

bronconite
03-23-2010, 21:07
You might know something I don't..... I went to that link and they have it for 20 bucks and in my cart it says its in stock....

Me to. I just ordered one :thumbup1:

Randy
03-31-2010, 16:21
I got my Chinook delivered today,, I am impressed so far, although I haven't hung it yet,,,Having several other tarps ,, HH Hex (2), Equinox, and a DIY tarp,,, this seems to be pretty good.
I hope to get home in daylight and hang it and get some pictures. 12X9.5 drive out ..TT&L was $27.94 for me here....

FireFlyburns
03-31-2010, 19:28
Shower curtain ..... hard to find in camo........

Found one!:lol:

Bearclaw
04-09-2010, 09:58
Me to. I just ordered one :thumbup1:

What he said. :D