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    Cooking Shelter

    Hey guys,

    I'm looking for some advice for tarps. I am looking for a cooking shelter and have run into several tarps but I don't know which way to go. I like the eno profly but I'm not sure if it is big enough for a cooking shelter and have no idea about the rest. I'm looking for something that is sturdy, fairly light and hopefully around $50 to $60. I might get a hammock in the future but right now I'm looking for a tarp that I can bring backpacking to cook under and possibly hang out a bit under. It doesn't need to be massive, just big enough to shelter two people from the rain while sitting and cook. Not looking for a car camping setup so that is why it has to be fairly light. The budget is a little bit negotiable but the closer to it the better. Here are the tarps I've run into so far.

    ENO Profly
    http://www.keenzo.com/showproduct.as...001&ID=4383724

    HH Hex
    http://hennessyhammock.com/specs_70hexdfly.html

    Mosquito Hammock Big Fly
    http://www.mosquitohammock.com/rainfly3x4.html

    Funky Forest Tarp
    http://www.grandtrunkgoods.com/ProdD...aspx?prodId=66

    Guide Gear Tarp
    http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net....aspx?a=328267

    If it matters I don't want a tarp that is massive, just one that can cover two from the rain comfortably. It rains in the NW a lot and so it will get a lot of use It also isn't a huge cooking setup, just a whisperlite and a 2L pot.

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    The GG tarp may not be the lightest of the bunch, but for about $20 you can't go wrong. Mine has proven to be weather tight, sturdy and dependable.

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    The Kelty Noah tarps are not the lightest, but they are durable and large enough for what you want. Check out Arson's video here

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    I have the GG 12x12 tarp set up in the rain..last night thru the next three nights of rain.
    I am AMAZED in the quality of the GG tarp. It is light weight and it is WATERPROOF.
    I didn't believe that a tarp as good looking, with as mamy seams and tie out points would be dry.

    ****! It is a marvelous tarp.

    For $20 WOW!!!!
    I wish they had this in camo for $20.

    This is a fine size for two people. You may have to break one side of the tarp down to acconodate wind driven rain.


    Tom

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    I have the Funky Forest tarp as well as a Kelty Noah9, they both offer alot of coverage.
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    Campmor sells the lightweight silnylon Equinox tarps. The 8 X 10 is $60. They also have larger sizes.


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    I carry the MacCat Deluxe for that.
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    Has anyone done a comparison between the Kelty noah 12 and the GG tarp? and on that note to rigidpsycho: which of those two are better quality? Also any opinions on the other tarps?

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    I really have not used any of the 12x12 tarps. The Funky forest tarp is 10'3"x10'3". The Kelty Noah 9 is pretty close to the same size. I use the Funky Forest as my go to tarp since my hammock is 10' long and I have alot of coverage. Since getting the Funku Forest I used the Kelty in along time. I have pictures of them both in my gallery.

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    Snow Peak makes some nice tarps, with some convenient options, like multiple tie out points and ability to use trek poles

    Good Luck

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