UL Tarps for ground dweller - who makes or sells them?

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Paul_B

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I am thinking that I need a smaller and lighter tarp for UL backpacking with a bivvy. I am used to an 8' square sil-nylon tarp but at a little over 600g is too big and heavy. Just wondered if anyone knows of a maker or retailer that has something good. I'd obviously spend as little as I could get away with to get what I want / need but not got a budget in mind nor a limit (within reason).

I know about BPL-UK (sold out), Alpkit (not much different from my existing tarp), Team IO (heard some negatives over the last 6 months or 1 year which used to be unusual for them) and the canoeing tarp manufacturers (way too heavy). I think there are quite a few US ones such as MLD but does anyone recommend somewhere? Never bought online from USA indeed only ever bought in GBP£ from UK online stores so not too sure about it.

Any recommendations?
 

JAG009

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I am thinking that I need a smaller and lighter tarp for UL backpacking with a bivvy. I am used to an 8' square sil-nylon tarp but at a little over 600g is too big and heavy. Just wondered if anyone knows of a maker or retailer that has something good. I'd obviously spend as little as I could get away with to get what I want / need but not got a budget in mind nor a limit (within reason).

I know about BPL-UK (sold out), Alpkit (not much different from my existing tarp), Team IO (heard some negatives over the last 6 months or 1 year which used to be unusual for them) and the canoeing tarp manufacturers (way too heavy). I think there are quite a few US ones such as MLD but does anyone recommend somewhere? Never bought online from USA indeed only ever bought in GBP£ from UK online stores so not too sure about it.

Any recommendations?
Pm coln18 he has dealt with MLD and has a lot of their kit , and the utra light tarp is a topper
 

Teepee

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The z-packs tarps are well reguarded, check them out. They use a slightly heavier cuben than MLD I believe, probably more practical for our climate and weather.
Edit; Wrong way round, my mistake, MLD tarps are the heavier ones.
 
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Paul_B

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Well Cuben Fibre tarps, cat tarps, hybrids, tents and pyramids all interest me. What doesn't is the $200 or more price tag. Think I will settle for the £45 BPL-UK tarps when they come into stock.

Any other manufacturers?
 

R.Lewis

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Aug 23, 2009
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Got one of the BPL solo tarps. Top kit, very well made and designed. Been out of stock for ages though, shame as they are well worth buying.