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Matt DeWitt
(tritan) - F

Locale: Midwest
Tarp size question on 06/18/2010 21:40:16 MDT Print View

I have a buddy who can sow me a tarp from ripstop nylon. He prefers to sow square only no tappers. I am looking for a common size to give him to sow for me so what I want to know is what is the most common size for a tarp that I can either solo with and still get two people under. I also want to use this tarp for a place to eat and cook under when I am group camping. Is a 5x10 a good size or 5x8?

Mat Tallman
(wehtaM) - F

Locale: Midwest
size on 06/18/2010 22:14:54 MDT Print View

5xanything is going to be pushing it for two people...

Jason Brinkman
(jbrinkmanboi) - MLife

Locale: Idaho
Re: Tarp size question on 06/19/2010 01:08:18 MDT Print View

If it HAS to be square, then a 7'x9' would be marginal for two, and 8'x10' would be better (please don't kick me out of BPL for this non-UL suggestion!). Or you could figure out how to use two 5'x9's together for more versatility. I have always found 8' to be a little too short on one end or the other.

Unknown abc
(edude) - F
"Tarp size question" on 06/19/2010 01:50:07 MDT Print View

8'x10' will work fine for going with a buddy, will work great for cooking under, and great for going solo, if you don't mind that it is heavier than a solo tarp, in which case you will have ample room to do whatever.

good luck!

Edited by edude on 06/19/2010 02:07:54 MDT.

Brad Groves
(4quietwoods) - MLife

Locale: Michigan
Re: Tarp size question on 06/19/2010 09:39:43 MDT Print View

5x__ stinks, def. not 2 people. 8 x 10 much better. I'm guessing you mention the 5x because he could eliminate a seam, but it's not worth it. Just add a single center seam.

george carr
(hammer-one) - F

Locale: Walking With The Son
Re: Tarp size question on 06/21/2010 15:43:17 MDT Print View

x4 on the 8x10. It is one of the most popular tarp sizes with good reason. Perfect for two, and extra roomy as a solo shelter.

Edited by hammer-one on 06/21/2010 15:43:51 MDT.