Tag Archives: tarp

Tarps versus tents

Not that many years ago abackpacker who aspired to be ultralight (or even lightweight) had to use a tarp as tents were much heavier. Silnylon has made the choice a littler harder as tents have become much lighter and a … Continue reading

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Nite Ize CamJam: First impressions.

Winter is coming. As I wrote this the mercury is reading 0C and my thoughts are turning to getting my backpacking gear ready for when Spring comes.  I’m a fan of tarps and poncho tarps for three season backpacking and … Continue reading

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MLD Silnylon Pro Poncho Tarp: first impressions

I was impressed by my Mountain Laurel Designs silnylon Chaps. I’ve already posted a blog on those earlier. I was given the opportunity to get an unused, matching poncho at a bargain price and I couldn’t resist. Poncho tarps work … Continue reading

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Gossamer Gear SpinnTwinn Tarp

I recently got a SpinnTwinn from a well-known auction site. Gossamer Gear don’t make them anymore but their new tarps are almost the same apart from the material used. The SpinnTwinn is made from Spinnaker fabric while the new ones … Continue reading

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Mountain Laurel Designs TrailStar: a few thoughts.

I’ve owned a MLD TrailStar, and nest, for about two years now and it’s a shelter I have mixed feelings about. For those that haven’t heard of a TrailStar it’s a shaped-tarp in the form of a pentagon and pitches … Continue reading

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Choosing a shelter: the second of the Big Three

Backpackers need certain things from a shelter. Regardless of design or complexity a shelter has to have the following attributes: To be a waterproof sanctuary, A place to escape the wind The ability to withstand high winds and foul weather … Continue reading

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Wonderful Woobie: USGI Poncho Liner

Ah, the Woobie! Beloved (possibly!) kit of many USA GIs from Vietnam onwards hence the USGI tag. Basically, it is a poncho liner designed to fasten to a military poncho to give extra warmth but its far more versatile than … Continue reading

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Golite Poncho Tarp: part two of review

A while back I reviewed the Golite Poncho Tarp which you can read here.  At the time I had only used it as a waterproof but hadn’t used as a tarp. I’ve now used it 3 times as a tarp. … Continue reading

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A week-long walk in Derbyshire Peak District.

This blog will attempt to straddle two horses at once; an account of a 7-day hike and a brief review of a Contrail TarpTent. I’ve just completed a week-long walk based on the InnWay walk in the Peak District. I … Continue reading

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Golite Poncho Tarp review

Every backpacker wants to save weight so a piece of kit that will double as a waterproof and a shelter, fits into any bergen or daysack and only weighs 210g is a tempting prospect. A full set of waterproofs weigh … Continue reading

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