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    Inexpensive Tarp

    http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net...?a=476809&pn=1

    Check it out. This seems to be a Grand Trunk tarp. Might be a good spare or first time option for short $$$$

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    that seems like a really good deal, it has the stats i need, 210 poly....but how is this one, ive been trying to look around for reviews but havent found any. would this suffice?
    http://www.walmart.com/ip/Texsport-1...Tarps/14895567

    thanks!
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    Just my opinion, but the WW tarp is big and heavy. Metal grommets, reinforced and coated both sides. Maybe a good car camping tarp for a nice big shelter, but I wouldn't want to put it on my back.

    The first tarp has looks better to me. Smaller but should make plenty of coverage for a hammock, and less than 2lbs. Still too heavy for me, but I may carry around something very much like this until I can afford Cuban prices.

    Prices is right on both for sure.
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    look like the GT tarp is grommeted too. Is the texsport (walmart) tarp like the cheap blue ones? plasticy and rigid and (why did i type expensive?) heavy.
    Last edited by LilDutchBoy; 08-09-2011 at 22:54.

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    I have and have used the WM tarp. It is large but it gives you a lot of coverage. It is loud, can be difficult to get a taut pitch, and the weight was never that big of an issue for me. But it's cheap and can get you through till you can get something better.
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    My recommendation for anyone that is getting started and is in need of a tarp still is that the Wal-Mart blue tarps work fine. They are a bit heavy for backpacking with more than a weekend. And they have a lot of short comings compared to sil/spin/cuban but the price is a good starting point and you can learn some good tarp fundamentals. Also they can take a beating and are more forgiving than clear plastic drop cloths, which are also a popular place to start with tarps. I say spend the $10 on a WW tarp and use it till you can afford something that better fits your needs and camping style.
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    word... i have an ozark trail tarp i was going to use for a groundcloth on my alps mountaineering extreme 3. its a 10 mil tthickness, so yea it takes up space, but i would rather spend my loot on uq and tq to round out my gear..... or ill just stick with a tent.....no not really.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    My recommendation for anyone that is getting started and is in need of a tarp still is that the Wal-Mart blue tarps work fine. They are a bit heavy for backpacking with more than a weekend. And they have a lot of short comings compared to sil/spin/cuban but the price is a good starting point and you can learn some good tarp fundamentals. Also they can take a beating and are more forgiving than clear plastic drop cloths, which are also a popular place to start with tarps. I say spend the $10 on a WW tarp and use it till you can afford something that better fits your needs and camping style.
    'Swhat I did (kind of). If price is more of an issue for you than weight, and if you have a Harbor Freight close by, check out their camo tarps--I got an 11x9 for around 10 bucks. You don't have to go blue (unless, of course, you like the blue, in which case... blue it up!)
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    Was looking for a cheap tarp so I grabbed one of these. $33 shipped? Yes please, now I'm good til I get a warbonnet BMJ. Thanks for the info!

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    so is the weight of this tarp really only 1 lb. without the stuff sack?
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