Recommendations for lightweight tarp

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uncleboob

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Dec 28, 2012
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Afternoon all

I’m looking for a lightweight tarp, small/ compact (packed up) so I can stuff it in my day bag and big enough for 1 or 2 to shelter under in a shower. I have a dd, various others, nice canvas tarp...but I’m thinking smaller, coke-can ish? I’ve had a look on eBay and there are a few, but recommendations of kit you’ve used and would recommend would be great!

Cheers all, j


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Onelifeoverland

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Its had a fair bit of use now, yeah. But not long term, maybe a few months. Though, it has kept me bone dry in the worst the Welsh weather could throw at me - on my first overnighter post lockdown typically!!

As you'll see from the review I was skeptical at first as it feels like a plastic bag, its that thin! But so far I only have praise for it.

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hughtrimble

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Jan 23, 2012
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I can't say I've used my 3x3 SL from DD a great deal, but it sure is light and keeps the rain out!

I found this guide on making a quick deployment set-up for it (you basically pre-thread and pre-tie some cordage to it) and it's encouraged me to use it a lot more as you're then able to put it up really quickly to get out of the rain/sun and start 'working' (on that beer) beneath it.

 
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Sep 16, 2013
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+1 for the DD Superlight tarp, great bit of kit. They also do a couple of other sizes in the superlight tarp range.

As an alternative option - take a look at the Helikon Tex poncho. These are relatively cheap (£25ish) and work great for those eventualities that you need to chuck something in your daysack. Added versatility of being your waterproof jacket too. I used mine last month on a bivvy camp and it was perfect in a lean-to configuration.
 

RG30something

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I'll add a vote for the DD superlight. I've got the 2.8 x 1.5m version and it packs really small and so far I am really impressed with it. Not had it too long but I've used it on a couple of trips where it hammered down and it's not let me down.
 

uncleboob

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Dec 28, 2012
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Coventry and Warwickshire
I'll add a vote for the DD superlight. I've got the 2.8 x 1.5m version and it packs really small and so far I am really impressed with it. Not had it too long but I've used it on a couple of trips where it hammered down and it's not let me down.
That’s the one I’m going for I think...out of stock at DD until September so just waiting now!


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