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#160889 - 01/02/09 04:26 PM Need a quality nylon camo tarp
JamesKearns Offline

Registered: 08/12/07
Posts: 11
Loc: Canada New Brunswick
Hi there does anyone know where you can get a quality nylon backpacking tarp that is camo?

#160892 - 01/02/09 05:09 PM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: JamesKearns]
OldBaldGuy Offline

Registered: 09/30/01
Posts: 5695
Loc: Former AFB in CA, recouping fr...
If you just google "camo tarps" you will find a jillion of them. I don't personally have any knowledge of them...

#160895 - 01/02/09 05:25 PM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: JamesKearns]

Although not camo, we have one of these tarps They are made with silicone impregnated nylon and are fairly water tight....as far as open shelters go that is. We use the tarp alot as it is so compact and light to carry in the backpacks. It serves well for not only keeping the wet elements off, but also the direct and hot summer sun while out in the more open areas when needed. It opens up to approx 7 x 8 feet.

This tarp is not cheap ($110.00 CA) but well worth it in terms of quality, convenience and very small size when folded and rolled down.

We bought the tarp last year and suspect we will get 5-6 years of regular use out of it so the ROI is good.

#160898 - 01/02/09 05:55 PM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: OldBaldGuy]
scafool Offline

Registered: 12/18/08
Posts: 1534
Loc: Muskoka
Just one?
You can buy treated nylon in olive, winter or desert cammo.
Here are examples from Seattle Fabrics.



It seems I only get one link in a reply, so here is their home page.


Who knows, you might find that the cost of shipping the fabric is worth it.

But if you check you should be able to find suppliers closer to you.
At least East Coast instead of West Coast.
Maybe it would be good to give a fabric and sewing store near you a call.

Keep in mind that a couple of cans of Krylon spray paint will camoflage almost anything.

Edit. I will second Sherpadog's recommendation of MEC. I bought a great lightweight tarp from them 2 years ago. Very light, 9'8"x12'8", fits in a 12"x8" stuff sack, not camo but close enough (kind of a mustardy olive colour)

Edit again!
I just realized the tarp he showed is the same stuff as the one that I have.
My only complaint is that it sounds a bit crinkly in the cold weather.
It is a very lightweight tarp to carry though, only 1 pound 6 ounces including the stuff sack.

Edited by scafool (01/03/09 02:12 PM)
Edit Reason: corrected measurement

#160963 - 01/03/09 01:25 AM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: scafool]
Montanero Offline

Registered: 10/14/08
Posts: 1307
Loc: North Carolina
Depending on what size you needed. I would prefer two or three military ponchos snapped together; modular and has multiple uses.

#160966 - 01/03/09 01:55 AM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: Montanero]
Desperado Offline

Registered: 11/01/08
Posts: 1530
Loc: DFW, Texas
+1 on the ponchos. Amazing what can be snapped together.
I do the things that I must, and really regret, are unfortunately necessary.


#160967 - 01/03/09 01:58 AM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: JamesKearns]
ponder Offline

Registered: 12/18/06
Posts: 367
Loc: American Redoubt
The standard GI poncho is woodland camo water proof nylon. Two of them snap together to make a two man pup tent. They have snaps and grommet holes and one hood.
Cliff Harrison
Horseshoe Bend, ID
American Redoubt
N43.9668 W116.1888

#160970 - 01/03/09 03:48 AM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: ponder]
JamesKearns Offline

Registered: 08/12/07
Posts: 11
Loc: Canada New Brunswick
thanks guys for all the help and i have had the poncho before it does work but i am looking for a tarp thanks i will check out these links!

#161034 - 01/03/09 11:34 AM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: JamesKearns]
IMFREE Offline

Registered: 09/20/05
Posts: 12
Loc: Queensland, Australia
One of my favourite bits of kit is my hootchie or some call it a hutchie down here. Just google 'auscam hootchie'. Will get you some good results.

#161053 - 01/03/09 12:51 PM Re: Need a quality nylon camo tarp [Re: IMFREE]
oldsoldier Offline
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Registered: 11/25/06
Posts: 742
Loc: MA
Those aussie hootchies are nice! IF the poncho doesnt work for you, I would also suggest that route. PLENTY of room for you & your gear, and they can be snapped together (IIRC) for a larger shelter. Although, I doubt you'd need it.
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