Gearlab Top Pick - Best Ultralight Tent of 2023

Rated 4.9 out of 5
Based on 90 reviews

Flat Tarp

From $369.00

SKU: 2-03002-1

There are virtually limitless ways to shield yourself from the elements with our simple, ultralight Flat Tarp.

IDEAL FOR

  • The Ultimate Minimalist
  • Flexible Setup Due to Weather or Terrain
  • Maximum Versatility

THE ULTIMATE ULTRALIGHT TARP SHELTER FOR MINIMALIST BACKPACKERS

The ultimate minimalist, ultralight tarp shelter for backpacking; our Flat Tarp is engineered to be precisely what passionate adventurers need and nothing more. With nearly unlimited pitching options, the Flat Tarp is available in two sizes: 8'6" x 8'6" square or 8' x 10' rectangular. Pitch according to weather conditions, terrain or need. Flat edges and square corners, non-catenary cut for maximum versatility, every Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema® tarp features fully bonded seams, adding near-total impermeability to a long list of attributes that distinguish the Flat Tarp from other ultralight options. Use adjustable trekking poles for set up. (Ultralight Stake Kit sold separately; trekking poles not included)

THE ULTIMATE ULTRALIGHT TARP SHELTER FOR MINIMALIST BACKPACKERS

WHY CHOOSE THE FLAT TARP?

WHY CHOOSE THE FLAT TARP?

Key Feature

DOUBLE REINFORCED TIE-OUTS

Fully reinforced tie-outs with line locks. Create a taut pitch with confidence

Key Feature

WATERPROOF MATERIALS

DCF8 Dyneema® composite fabric; a 100% waterproof material for confident nights of sleep in harsh weather conditions

Key Feature

STRATEGICALLY PLACED TIE-OUTS THROUGHOUT

Whatever you're pitching around or attaching tie-outs to, there are options for a great setup

FEATURES

  • Seams:Fully-Bonded, Stitchless Ridgeline Seam
  • Tie-Outs:16 perimeter tie-outs; 4 in the center, 1/3, and 2/3 of the interior body
  • Guy Lines:Twelve (12) Ultralight 2.8mm UHMWPE Core Guy Lines
  • D-rings:Two (2) Sewn in D-rings under the ridge line
  • Includes:Medium Drawstring Stuff Sack (Ultralight Stake Kit sold separately; trekking poles not included)
Rated five stars
Ultralight Versatility!
We use our tarp both for a fly on our smaller tent insert and as a cooking shelter with our Ultamid 4. A versatile piece of well made, ultralight gear, so quick to pitch in a hurry on trail to provide a quick rain shelter or windbreak for lunch. We love it!!
Derek B.
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Rated five stars
Everything I Hoped For
It's pricey, but this is an excellent shelter. Great construction - I cinched down a serious trucker's hitch and cheaper tarps would have torn on the tension. Exceptionally light and compact. My new favorite shelter!
Andrew W.
Verified Buyer
Rated five stars
Great Quality!
Durable, light, and effective; everything you come to expect from this outstanding company. As close to perfect as you can come. I purchased the 8' by 10'. The extra weight is negligible and the extra space is definitely worth it.
Benjamin C.
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SPECS & DIMENSIONS

8'6" x 8'6"

  • MaterialDCF8
  • Weight9.0oz | 255g
  • Dimensions102.0" x 102.0" | 259.1cm x 259.1cm
  • Packed Dimensions7.0” x 6.0” x 4.0” | 17.8cm x 15.2cm x 10.2cm
  • Made InMexico

8' x 10'

  • MaterialDCF8
  • Weight10.9oz | 309g
  • Dimensions96.0" x 120.0" | 243.84cm x 304.8cm
  • Packed Dimensions7.5” x 8.0” x 2.5” | 19.1cm x 20.3cm x 6.4cm
  • Made InMexico

WHY CHOOSE THE FLAT TARP?

Key Feature

DOUBLE REINFORCED TIE-OUTS

Fully reinforced tie-outs with line locks. Create a taut pitch with confidence

Key Feature

WATERPROOF MATERIALS

DCF8 Dyneema® composite fabric; a 100% waterproof material for confident nights of sleep in harsh weather conditions

Key Feature

STRATEGICALLY PLACED TIE-OUTS THROUGHOUT

Whatever you're pitching around or attaching tie-outs to, there are options for a great setup

Features

  • Seams:Fully-Bonded, Stitchless Ridgeline Seam
  • Tie-Outs:16 perimeter tie-outs; 4 in the center, 1/3, and 2/3 of the interior body
  • Guy Lines:Twelve (12) Ultralight 2.8mm UHMWPE Core Guy Lines
  • D-rings:Two (2) Sewn in D-rings under the ridge line
  • Includes:Medium Drawstring Stuff Sack (Ultralight Stake Kit sold separately; trekking poles not included)

A-Frame Setup Demonstration Video | Flat Tarp

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Reviewed by Michael C.
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Rated 5 out of 5

Awesome tarp and awesome customer service

Bought this tarp to use on a recent trip and decided to buy it way too close to the trip date and accidentally checked out with the wrong shipping. I sent an email to HMG to change the shipping and accidentally sent that to the wrong hyperlite address. Despite my mistakes, they contacted me and fixed the shipping (at what seemed like a major discount for 2 day shipping). Not only that but when I received my package I realized they actually upgraded me to overnight shipping on their own dime to make sure I get it in time. Stellar customer service!

The tarp itself is fantastic - very light and durable. Was hit with a couple of thunder and lightning storm and the tarp stayed standing and kept me completely dry. Love how easy it is to setup (even in wind and rain) as well as the versatility of the 8x10 tarp. This is my first HMG product and I will definitely be coming back for more!

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Rated 5 out of 5

outstanding

The tarp's strengths and advantages weren't apparent to me at first...and then I took it into the remote cloud forest of Central America a few weeks ago, and it rained. Not only was it easy to put up and tighten, but it is a very strong material and let through more light than I was expecting. I enjoyed seeing all the attachment points across the tarp surface for added tightening points and water runoff. It also easily folds up to about the size of a freeze dried meal for 2, and weighs about the same.

The only problems I see with it are rather small and those that I can fix on my own fairly easily. One is that all the ropes are all the same color despite being a couple of different lengths. It would make it easier to set up if they made them a slightly different color, like a different shade of blue for each length. Also these ropes were cut very quickly with a hot knife and the ends didn't seal well for every rope segment. When I was quickly setting it up and inserting the ropes through the plastic cinch fittings, the sheath exposed on a couple of them and made it difficult to feed through the cinches. On the flip-side, there are plenty of cords provided so I was able to quickly grab another one to use instead. It is on my to-do list to reheat the tips and shape them so they seal and feed better. Overall, it is a solid product with the strongest material I've ever seen, and I would trust it in any conditions.

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Amazingly light and super durable. I dropped 4 pounds of weight upgrading to this incredible piece of gear! The reinforced guide out points are sewn well.

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Review of a flat tarp.

It was flat though it came folded up. It is a trap. It is the dimensions I ordered. It fits all the specifications as provided. It is the color I ordered. It seems like it will work. Thanks.

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Rated 5 out of 5

Well worth the expense!

For those who think this gear is too expensive I offer this thought. None of us are getting younger and stronger. In my case, I'll be 68 in a few months. My former silnylon tarp weighed in at 1.5 lbs. This tarp weighs about .5 lbs.

The tieouts on this tarp boggle the mind. This is tarp perfection. I have yet to pitch it, but it's going on every day hike and backpacking trip I take.

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