Preferred Tarp Size

Discussion in 'Shelter' started by mrshish, May 5, 2010.

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What is your preferred summer tarp size?

  1. 5x7

    10 vote(s)
    3.3%
  2. 5x8

    6 vote(s)
    2.0%
  3. 6x10

    3 vote(s)
    1.0%
  4. 8x10

    64 vote(s)
    21.1%
  5. 10x10

    147 vote(s)
    48.5%
  6. 10x12

    68 vote(s)
    22.4%
  7. 12x16

    4 vote(s)
    1.3%
  8. Other

    14 vote(s)
    4.6%
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  1. dub

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    I use the same tarp and it's been going for 3 years. I believe I got it at Harbor Freight for $10. I also flirt with the idea of getting a "better" tarp but I'm never afraid to ding this one up and if it's not broke don't fix it right?
     
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    @dub I hear that! They're surprisingly long lasting for as cheap as they are aren't they? I think being able to ding them up is what I like most about them lol.
     
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    I just like extra room for my body so i went with 10x12
     
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    Old thread but I thought I'd revive it to see what others are doing.
    I have a 5x7 for emergency but don't know if many people use that size as a regular thing. Can't afford a 10x10 right now.
     
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    What kind of tarp do you have?
    I have one of these 5x7 survival blankets https://www.amazon.com/Grabber-127006-P-All-Weather-Blanket/dp/B00PUHY3TC Not this exact one, I don't recall where I got mine from. Basically the same thing.
    I like the thickness and it has enough grommets to be useful as a tarp.
    I've been wanting a dedicated 10x10 tarp. Just not sure which way I'm going yet. It doesn't need to be ultra light/compact. I'd prefer HD.
     
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    12x16 i hate not having elbow room...... everything is made for the "little people"
     
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  7. Wasp

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    It's one of the Bushcraft Outfitters (vendor) 5x7 MEST. I really like it but haven't tried it yet. I got it because I could afford it and it is small and light when packed, and good size for emergency.
    Traditionally I'm a tent guy so I'm not as familiar with what works good as far as size.
     
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    Oh yeah. Those are nice. I looked at those.
    My thoughts were if I had to go 5x7, maybe something thicker to wrap up in would be better. But it's bulkier of course.
     
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    I have an SOL blanket and a disposable poncho and a Frogtogg poncho besides this one.
    This 5x7 packs pretty small. I wouldn't mind having a 10x10 but it was twice as much and since it is over twice the square footage it would pack twice the size.
    I didn't buy this one for tarp camping necessarily, it's more for day hike or a GO bag.

    I just don't know if I NEED a larger tarp for tarp/ground camping or the one I have will do okay.
     
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    That IS the question.
     
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    I use the 5x7 and it works okay. Mostly I use it for wind breaks when on outings and scouting trips or as a rain cover to sit & wait out the drizzle and brew up some coffee or tea. The Ozark Trail aka WalMart nylon tarp is also 5x7 and I use one of those often as a ground cover under the hammock to store gear on under the big tarp.

    For ground camping I'd prefer at least a 6x8 size as I'm a big guy but can and have been semi comfortable under the 5x7. The BCUSA tarp in 10x10 is well worth the price. I've had my tan one for going on 3 years now. It works A frame for my winter hammock, any way ground camping and diamond shaped fly for the summer hammock with bug net.
     
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    Great response, thanks.
     
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    I have three BCO tarps, a 5'x7' MEST, a 5'x7' Poncho, and a 10'x10' Coyote tarp, I use the MEST or Poncho often for day hikes, the 10'x10' gets used to cover my hammock, and makes a good sized shelter for over night trips.
    You can find allot of tarps on the market, but few better than BCO tarps, if you're into woods bumming it's a piece of kit you can't afford not to have.
     
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    favorite size for what?..
     
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    I prefer a 10x10 but I have used a 8x10 and 8x8 for years. I have also used a grabber for a long time now as a back up/emergency tarp and I think that is 5x7. I would definitely go with a 10x10 though.
     
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    I have a Mountain Wilderness 10x12. I hammock under it for work at least 3 months of the year so I like to have room to play around under, and have my stuff sprawled everywhere ;) I was able to have 5 or so people hanging out underneath it in the rain.

    It IS big, though.... But better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it.
     
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    Just thought I'd ask the question here since everyone is talking tarps. I'm trying to decide between the BCO 10x10 OD green tarp and a DD hammocks Tarp. Everything seems very similar but I was wondering if anyone was familiar with both tarps and could inject pros and cons of each? Thanks!
     
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    Being 6'4" I will have to go with at least an 8 x 10. Will probably get a 10 x 12 before it is over with and being in Georgia, where it's hot 9 months out of the year, it will be a canvas tarp. I will gladly carry the extra weight in my pack
     

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