A place to discuss the wondrous tool that is the tarp Tarp Shelters, Tarp Rafts, Tarp water collection systems, Tarp litters, etc.
Saw this write up at all outdoors today.
MMMMmmm, tarps. Yeah I know what you’re thinking, but these handy little tools are likely to save your butt more than that sexy $2,000 AR will any day of the week. A good tarp can keep you dry, block the wind and sun, help collect water, be used as an improvised sail, provide camouflage, and act as a barrier for insects and moisture. Tarps also allow for an array of improvised carry methods for supplies, food, and wounded buddies, and they protect you and your equipment from the elements. In all, a tarp is an indispensable necessity if you don’t want to miserable when the weather turns. It is another duct tape/Leatherman level of utility that you should never be without. Even in my 24 hour “get home” bag, I have a small tarp.
My well-used tarps were in need of replacement, so I picked up several sizes of tarps from Foremost Tarp company. You can go tiny or gigantic, but the sizes I purchased were tarps in 8’x10’ and 12’x16’ camouflage and a 5’x7 green/brown reversible tarp.
Foremost Tarp has been in business for over 30 years and is one of the oldest tarp manufacturers in the US. The company is a US based supplier and OEM manufacturer to many of the major retail chains’ tarps you see on the shelves. Foremost Tarp has developed a reputation as the most trusted name in tarps and can be found on the shelves of many hardware and farm stores across the US and Canada.
As you can probably imagine, most tarp companies are located overseas, but Foremost has found that their attention to quality, consistency, and US service is what brings their large retailers coming back year after year. Like nearly every tarp these days, Foremost utilizes overseas manufacturing, but insists on quality screening and random testing to assure final production is up to their design specifications.
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I bought a cheap tarp online for £4 and its lasted me half a year with no problems, the reason I bought it was for versatility. Its good for hot and cold weather, if its hot just use it as a roof and if its cold it can be turned into a makeshift tent. Its lighter than a tent and easy to carry, takes two minutes to string up. I mainly use it for stealth camping as I can hang it low to the ground and place foliage on top for less visibility from other people, it can also be changed quickly unlike a tent which help if I don’t like how i’ve set it up.
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