Oware Cattarp 1.1 Tarp REVIEW

Solo silnylon catenary ridgeline tarp at a nice weight, size, and price but it requires a lot of room to pitch.

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by Marty Coatney | 2006-01-17 03:00:00-07

Oware Cattarp 1.1 Tarp REVIEW - 2
All the web tieout loops are reinforced to provide a taut pitch without worry.

Introduction

At 8.2 ounces the Oware Cattarp 1.1 is not as light as some other ultralight tarps and poncho/tarps on the market, but provides excellent weather protection and an easy setup because of its extra width and catenary ridgeline.

What’s Good

  • Good weather protection
  • Catenary cut ridgeline
  • Quick and easy to set up
  • Reinforced tieouts and 1.1 oz/yd2 silnylon construction
  • Compacts down small
  • Many color choices

What’s Not So Good

  • Limited setup options
  • Large footprint limits site choices

Specifications

  Manufacturer

Oware

  Year/Model

2005 Cattarp 1.1

  Style

One-person tarp with catenary cut ridgeline

  What’s Included

Silnylon stuff sack and 50 ft (15.2 m) of spectra cord

  Fabric

Silicone impregnated 1.1 oz/yd2 (37 g/m2) high tenacity nylon

  Weight

Measured weight of stuff sack, tarp, and cord 8.2 oz (232 g), manufacturer's specification 8.5 oz (241 g)

  Dimensions

Tapered from 5.4 to 4.4 ft (1.65 to 1.34 m) wide, 8.5 ft (2.6 m) length

  Features

Catenary cut ridgeline, eight reinforced web ties outs

  MSRP

$76

Performance

The Oware Cattarp 1.1 is 8.5 feet long and tapers from 5.4 feet at the head end to 4.4 feet wide. It provides amazing weather protection for a tarp even during a stereotypical Oregon Cascades deluge. A bivy isn't even needed to stay dry during wet weather if the winds aren't blowing too hard.

The Cattarp is simple to pitch. Stake out the corners, slip clove hitches onto two trekking poles and stake them out, then readjust the corners for a taut pitch. The eight tieout points are reinforced making it worry free to tighten down the pitch. Adjust the height for more headroom or batten down the hatches for storms. The catenary cut ridgeline makes a taut pitch almost foolproof.

Oware Cattarp 1.1 Tarp REVIEW - 2
All the web tieout loops are reinforced to provide a taut pitch without worry.

The only negative that I found with the Cattarp 1.1 is its large footprint. This tarp needs a relatively large area to set up. Hiking in an area above Marion Lake in the Oregon Cascades after a recent windstorm that had caused major amounts of blown down debris, I couldn't find a clear area large enough to pitch the tarp properly. I finally had to make do with a sub-optimal pitch that allowed the Cattarp to flap noisily in the wind.

The Oware Cattarp 1.1 is a well-constructed tarp that offers a good coverage to weight ratio; a foolproof, quick and easy pitch; and durable construction.

What’s Unique

Commercially available silnylon, catenary ridgeline tarps as light as the Oware Cattarp 1.1 are rare. (Mountain Laurel Designs offers a very similar tarp that is a foot longer but costs about $30 more.) The Cattarp is sized nicely for solo use with extra width and lighter weight compared to most poncho/tarps. Construction quality is excellent and it comes in eight colors.

Recommendations for Improvement

The Cattarp 1.1 is the smallest catenary tarp Oware carries. I would like to see a smaller version offered to save weight and to allow for a smaller footprint. An option for lighter fabrics would also be nice.


Citation

"Oware Cattarp 1.1 Tarp REVIEW," by Marty Coatney. BackpackingLight.com (ISSN 1537-0364).
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