Integral Designs Siltarp 1
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Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
Integral Designs Siltarp 1 on 04/16/2010 09:29:03 MDT Print View

Is there anything better for the money (and as a first time tarp user) that I should be aware of before I buy this?

Thanks

Roger B
(rogerb) - MLife

Locale: Here and there
Re: Integral Designs Siltarp 1 on 04/16/2010 13:01:15 MDT Print View

Unless you consider the ID poncho (same length and width) for its multiple uses

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
Oware and others. on 04/16/2010 15:19:15 MDT Print View

If your new to tarp camping you may want to go larger, unless you are always going to use a bivy.

I like the extra tie points on the Oware 10x8 and other tarps.
Some companies let you pay a little extra to have them added.
They come in handy for storm pitches sometimes.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 04/16/2010 15:25:37 MDT.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Yes on 04/17/2010 01:34:06 MDT Print View

You can find cheaper:

Etowah Outfitters
Alpinlite Gear
and
OES (MacCat tarps) all make similar/identical product for less money.

Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
Thanks on 04/17/2010 11:16:32 MDT Print View

I will look into the other suggestions. I have no need for bigger as I will always be in a bivvy as where I am is often wet. I live in the UK so would need to be able to ship here. What about these Ray Jardine ones you sew yourself?

Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
Can on 04/19/2010 16:18:47 MDT Print View

Can no one help on Ray Jardine Vs these? I can't seem to find much info on the site about tarps in general, despite their importance....

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Siltarp on 04/19/2010 16:24:56 MDT Print View

I had one. They are excellent kit for UK use. The design has seams in all the right places to take wind stress. They are light too.

Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
One thing on 04/19/2010 16:48:45 MDT Print View

One thing that i dont understand is how can different makes have better or worse wind resistance if they are just a 8 x 5 piece?

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: One thing on 04/19/2010 16:51:04 MDT Print View

My bad, I was thinking of the silshelter, not the siltarp.

You going camping with the two dogs paul?

Paul Doran
(PaulDoran) - F

Locale: Guernsey
memory on 04/19/2010 17:04:52 MDT Print View

you have a great memory! No, not with the dogs, they are actually my parents.... :)

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
8x5 flat tarp on 04/19/2010 17:12:18 MDT Print View

I agree with Rog, the Silshelter yes, has side protection, but an 8x5 flat tarp intimidates most people when the weather gets sucky:-)

If you do your homework and think about all the situations you can experience, you could be fine. I like a little more coverage myself.

Edited by brooklynkayak on 04/19/2010 17:14:24 MDT.

nanook ofthenorth
(nanookofthenorth) - MLife
... on 04/19/2010 17:21:08 MDT Print View

I have an ID SilDome for sale in the Gearswap, if your looking for a tarp for UK conditions I would highly recommend it. For Northern Ontario with its bugs (almost as bad as the tundera) it doesn't work for me, but would IMO be ideal for the UK

Steven McAllister
(brooklynkayak) - MLife

Locale: Atlantic North East
bugs on 04/19/2010 17:58:18 MDT Print View

Add a bug net to a sildome in Ontario and it should be a fine shelter. There are many options that weigh only a few ounces. You end up with a good spacious shelter for little weight.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: bugs on 04/20/2010 00:08:29 MDT Print View

It wouldn't be a big job to stitch some bug net around the bottom edge of a sildome. The midges can get pretty bad in the UK too. Especially Scotland and the Pennine moors. I'd say, if the OP uses poles, go for the siltarp. Otherwise, the sildome is a good option. Quick and easy to pitch, full protection from wind, privacy on popular sites. The yellow colour sucks for attracting insects though.