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UST Tarp and Camping Shelter (Tube, Hex, and All Weather)
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- Multi-use tarp protects you and your gear from the elements; ideal for camping, ultralight backpacking, hunting, wilderness survival, and more
- Hidden zipper transforms tarp into a tube-shaped instant one-person sleeping tent; measures 39 x 84 x 35 inches (HxWxD) when erected
- Aluminized reverse side for thermal insulation and emergency signaling
- Sets up in minutes; includes guy lines, steel stakes, and stuff sack
- Tarp measures 84 inches in length; packs down to 15 x 4 x 4 inches; weighs 1.75 pounds
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Available in three models, UST's versatile, ultra-lightweight Tarp Shelters can be used as a sleeping shelter, an all-weather tarp to protect gear, a ground cloth, and even as thermal protection in emergencies. Each flame-retardant tarp has an aluminized reverse side for wrapping around yourself for thermal insulation and reflectivity for emergency signaling. They set up in minutes with the included guy lines and steel stakes, and instructions are conveniently located on the exterior of the stuff sack. All models are backed by a manufacturer's limited lifetime warranty.
A hidden zipper transforms the tarp into a tube-shaped, one-person sleeping tent, providing protection from the damp ground below and the elements above. The Tube Tarp measures 84 inches in length and weighs 1.75 pounds; when erected as a tent, it measures 39 x 84 x 35 inches (HxWxD). It packs down to 15 x 4 x 4 inches in the included stuff sack.
The six-sided Hex design provides excellent coverage in all weather conditions, and its single person size eliminates the need for a full size tarp. It's great for using as a tent cover for camping hammocks, as well as using in combination with the UST Bug Tent (sold separately). The Hex Tarp measures 108 x 96 x 41 inches (LxWxD) and weighs 1.5 pounds. It packs down to 10 x 4 x 4 inches in the included stuff sack.
All Weather Tarp
The four-sided All Weather Tarp measures 8 x 6 feet and weighs 15 ounces. It packs down to 8.5 x 4 x 4 inches in the included stuff sack.
UST Brands has been manufacturing camping, survival, personal safety, and emergency preparedness equipment for over 80 years, including innovative LED lights, all-weather fire starters, premium outdoor cutting tools, camp kitchen products, first aid kits, unbreakable signal mirrors, and more.
Color: Green | Style: 40 x 84 x 35 (HxWxD)
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Included in the kit:
TARP, hexagonal shape, orange/ yellow on one side, silver on the other, each of the SIX corners has a sturdy nylon strap loop, the two corners along the long axis also have brass colored grommets.
Six GUY LINES, four (4) of six (6) foot length, two (2) of eighteen (18) feet, all with rubber adjusters.
Eight (8) STEEL STAKES
One BAG for the lines + stakes.
One BAG for everything.
Great value! I will by another for other emergency bag.
And I can now also attest to its ability to be used as an emergency blanket. We had torrential rain mid-day this weekend with a temp drop on an exposed mountainside. When i was soaked to the bone i used it to warm myself up, and then get changed under to get out of wet clothes. Then I set it up and was able to stay dry and warm for the night.
hammock campers: The tarp is split into thirds along its longest edge. I used it so that the length of my hammock was going with the shortest edge so i had a little cooking area to the right of my hammock. Not a bad configuration I stayed dry with a good raining even though the very tips of my hammock were sticking out and got a little wet (see the photo). In a really heavy rain I would split the tarp in half along the longest edge to fully cover my hammock, like another reviewer did. It doesnt have loops for this, but you can buy tarp clamps to do it. Other than that, just get a seam sealer, and this is a flawless tarp.
Tips from experience:
Seal it before use.
test configurations before you use it on the trail
I also bought later the UST B.A.S.E Tube Tarp 1.0, and it's 548 grams on the kitchen scale, with Stuff Sack ONLY. Purchased from a different Amazon product listing.
Stuff sacks weigh 12 grams and 16 grams respectively, so you could deduct from numbers above.
I'm still messing around with pitching options and rated 3 stars, as I think these tarps are "cool" but not sure I can rave about them yet. I think I like the Tube Tarp size and shape better than this HEX shape. But the zipper, etc are adding to the weight.
The product is amazing though, light as a feather, waterproof, packs down very small. I use it on the ridgeline of my hammock set up when backpacking. When set up, it just barely covers my head and feet, leaving me feeling a touch exposed, but still protected from rain. In my opinion, the stakes are garbage, but thats just because I use it backpacking and can't afford to bring heavy steel items with me (they function fine, just heavy). The guylines are basic braided cord, nothing special. If it was one foot longer (or I was just a bit shorter) I would give this product a 5 star review.
Keep in mind the measurements are from corner to corner, as in 6 feet diagonal x 8 feet diagonal, making for a diamond shape.