November 20, 2015 8:16 PM MST - Subscription purchasing, account maintenance, forum profile maintenance, new account registration, and forum posting have been disabled
as we prepare our databases for the final migration to our new server next week. Stay tuned here for more details.
Subscribe Contribute Advertise Facebook Twitter Instagram Forums Newsletter
Zpacks 8.5x8.5 Tarp
Display Avatars Sort By:
Justin Nelson
(jnelson871) - MLife

Locale: CA Bay Area
Zpacks 8.5x8.5 Tarp on 06/06/2013 18:05:37 MDT Print View

I have been eyeballing this tarp for a while and wanted to poll the group for some information. Right now I am using a MLD Pro Cuben Solo tarp with a Wasatch Bivy. Total weight is about 8 oz but things can get pretty constricted and I am stuck with only an A-Frame. With the Zpacks 8.5x8.5 do you think I could get away without the bivy and still be good in wind and a decent rain storm? Trying to simplify my system and make it a little more flexible without adding weight. With the Zpacks tarp and a polycro ground sheet I am looking at 7.1 oz. By the time I add a few additional stacks and some more guyline I would end up at about the same weight.

Justin Nelson
(jnelson871) - MLife

Locale: CA Bay Area
Zpacks Tarp 8.5x8.5 Question on 06/07/2013 19:28:38 MDT Print View


Stephen Barber
(grampa) - MLife

Locale: SoCal
re: Zpacks 8.5x8.5 Tarp on 06/07/2013 19:41:29 MDT Print View

Personally, I would not use just a tarp of that size without a bivy of some sort. Too easy for bounce, spray of shifting winds to blow the rain sideways onto my sleeping bag.

A square tarp does give some different rigging options over a dedicated A-frame - nice.


Edited by grampa on 06/07/2013 19:42:14 MDT.

Brian Johns

Locale: NorCal
No Experience with That Size but ... on 06/07/2013 20:03:23 MDT Print View

It's Zpacks. Have them make you a 9 x 6 (or even 10 x 10) tarp, should provide lots of coverage and options. I've never heard them refuse a customer's gear designing or modification efforts. My own crazy ideas included.

Edward Jursek

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Zpacks tarp on 06/07/2013 21:14:53 MDT Print View

I have been researching tarps lately. I also don't like using a bivy, so one of my criteria is to get one large enough to provide good coverage. I have settled on the Zpacks 8'x10' tarp. That size seemed to be the forum consensus pick for a solo tarp with good coverage and some pitching options.

Tom Lyons
(towaly) - F

Locale: Smoky Mtns.
Depends on pitch and protection. on 06/08/2013 06:14:37 MDT Print View

I personally like a side-entry, so I don't pitch in A-frame style.
I pitch in modified half-mid style, so I like a 9' long and 6' wide tarp.
However, this is still open on one side, so you must pitch the opening on the lee side of the wind, or you're going to get wet in the rain.

The only two ways to get full protection in tarping is to get a very large tarp, or use a shaped tarp.
If I were getting something from ZPacks, it would be a Hexamid Solo. Same weight, better coverage.