OUTDOORGEARLAB “TOP PICK FOR ULTRALIGHT TARP” 2018

Flat Tarp

Starting at $365.00

Rated 5.0 out of 5
Based on 47 reviews
There are virtually limitless ways to shield yourself from the elements with our simple, ultralight Flat Tarp.
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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 rectangular for 8' x 10' tarp shelter configurations. Pitch according to weather conditions, terrain or need. Flat edges and square corners, non-catenary cut for maximum versatility. Every Hyperlite Mountain Gear Dyneema® Composite Fabric (formerly Cuben Fiber) tarp features fully bonded seams, adding near-total impermeability to a long list of attributes, including exceptional durability and UV resistance, that distinguish the Flat Tarp from other ultralight tarp options. Use adjustable trekking poles for set up. Stake kits sold separately.

WHY CHOOSE THE FLAT TARP?

WHY CHOOSE THE FLAT TARP?

DOUBLE REINFORCED TIE-OUTS

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

WATERPROOF MATERIALS

Constructed with DCF8 Dyneema® Composite fabrics. Super light, tough, and 100% waterproof

STRATEGICALLY PLACED TIE-OUTS THROUGHOUT

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

FEATURES

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:Ten (10) Ultralight 2.8mm UHMWPE Core Guy Lines
  • D-rings:Two (2) Sewn in D-rings for attaching Echo 2 Insert under the ridge line
  • Water Resistant:Yes
  • Compatible With:Echo 2 Insert
  • Includes:Medium Drawstring Stuff Sack

SPECS & DIMENSIONS

8'6" x 8'6"

  • MaterialDCF8
  • Weight0.55 lbs | 8.85 oz | 251g
  • Dimensions8'6" x 8'6" | 259.1cm x 259.1cm
  • Packed Dimensions6.5” x 5.5” x 3.5” | 16.5cm x 14cm x 8.9cm
  • Made InMAINE, USA

8' x 10'

  • MaterialDCF8
  • Weight0.61 lbs | 9.74 oz | 276g
  • Dimensions6.5” x 5.5” x 3.5” | 16.5cm x 14cm x 8.9cm
  • Packed Dimensions6.5” x 5.5” x 3.5” | 16.5cm x 14cm x 8.9cm
  • Made InMAINE, USA

WHY CHOOSE THE FLAT TARP?

DOUBLE REINFORCED TIE-OUTS

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

WATERPROOF MATERIALS

Constructed with DCF8 Dyneema® Composite fabrics. Super light, tough, and 100% waterproof

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:Ten (10) Ultralight 2.8mm UHMWPE Core Guy Lines
  • D-rings:Two (2) Sewn in D-rings for attaching Echo 2 Insert under the ridge line
  • Water Resistant:Yes
  • Compatible With:Echo 2 Insert
  • Includes:Medium Drawstring Stuff Sack
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Rated 5 out of 5

Supreme

It is evident from the beginning that the HMG tarp is designed and refined from a calculated, experienced mindset. All tie-outs are reinforced with high density DCF adhesive patches and feature double/triple redundant stitching to affix webbing loops. Stress concentrations from adverse conditions (wind, etc.) are of no concern. I haven't seen a better stitched alternative on the market.

In addition to the perimeter tie-outs, there are four thoughtfully-placed panel tie-outs and a single center ridgeline tie-out. All these combined, the user can actually achieve the versatility that a flat tarp offers. Being able to adapt to conditions makes all the difference.

The main panel material is the ideal balance for DCF, achieving high durability while maintaining packability.

Two interior D-ring loops are great for attaching bivys/net tents/clothesline/etc.

The provided cordage is very high quality (though one minor suggestion would be to offer a reflective option).

I could go on, but know that what you have here is an actual shelter for real use, not just a DCF rectangle.

And yes, the weight is on spec. ;)

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Excellent quality tarp, not great for taller hikers.

Tarp itself is outstanding. 100% recommend for reasonably sized folks. If you’re 6’6+, you may not have enough spare material to create decently rain-resistant pitches. I’d love to see a larger square tarp option.

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Rated 5 out of 5

Many improvements over my old Silnylon tarp

I’ve used a silnylon flat tarp for most of my trips for eight years now, and upgraded to the HMG this fall. I’m really impressed that something so simple could be so improved. The fabric doesn’t wet out, so it doesn’t sag during the night. Shake it dry before packing. It packs plenty small, I’ve tried folding and stuffing. I’d say I prefer folding, if wind and etc allows. Stuffing creates tiny creases, which keep you from pitching it tight until the creases flatten back out. Folding also takes up less space- this may break in over time, not sure. The linelocks make setting up and tensioning really smooth. I’m super pleased with it!

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Reviewed by Derek B., from United Kingdom
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Rated 5 out of 5

Ultralight versatility!!

We use our tarp both for a fly on our Echo II insert and as a cooking shelter with our Ultamid 4. When you are carrying enough gear on you back for multiple days in the backcountry with your family and only 2 of your 5 person team are carrying any significant weight... every ounce. 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!!

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All I thought it would be

Used it for the first time this weekend. Got about 7 inches of snow, and I was nice and dry. The weight of the snow pulled one of the stakes out of the wet soft ground I put it in and the tarp fell on me in the middle of the night. It was easy to put back up and through it all I still stayed dry! It's very light and very strong.

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