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Cooke Custom Sewing Tundra Tarp 8x10

in Shelters - Tarps & Floorless

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Ryan Slack
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Cooke Custom Sewing Tundra Tarp 8x10 on 07/14/2010 00:22:32 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

This tarp is available in several sizes and, at my time of purchase, was available in 1.1, 1.5, and 1.9 oz (before coating) silnylon. I used the 1.5 oz version, at 1 lb 5 oz, in the BWCA and Quetico canoe areas in temperatures from about 40-80 degrees and in several thunderstorms and prolonged rains. It replaced my lighter 6x9 1.1 oz Dancing Light Gear tarp, which I started to lose some faith in after years of hard use (also an excellent product but I prefer heavier fabric/larger size for guiding).

The tarp is formed by two smaller panels joined across the short axis. Many people dislike this design, however my preferred setup is with the short axis as a ridgeline in a modified half-pyramid against a tree. The ridgeline is reinforced with webbing on the underside and features a paddle/pole jack in the center with loops to tie in. The exterior of the ridgeline as well as the outer border of the tarp has plenty of webbing tie-outs and is reinforced by webbing just like the ridge. Purchase includes 80 ft of yellow cord, seam sealer, and simple oversized stuff sack.

In the field, this tarp held up to severe winds (below treeline but powered by large lakes). I anchored the tarp with and without trees, using paddles, stakes, deadman combinations. The green color blended in well with the surroundings. My favorite feature of the tarp is its durability, first of all in the full webbing reinforcement that stands up to taut lines and hard winds (still, use a bungee on any non-perimeter ties). The slightly thicker fabric did not mist through, absorbed very little water, and was not prone to overstretch compared to the stiffer webbing (which I have seen in other reinforced tarps, leading to sagging). The included line is nice and bright and soft and holds a good knot, but I plan to replace at least some of it for the purposes of lighter weight and color-coding for easier pitching.

All in all, not the lightest option, but the absolute best simple and versatile shelter that I am confident will weather years of use. A wonderful tarp for instilling confidence in a novice user or for heavy users who need gear to last.

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