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Micro Tarp

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Product Code:  WE102
Brand:  Backpackinglight.co.uk

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Updated for 2012 we have worked on this design from our new manufacturers to find just the right amount of material required to make the bivvy experience acceptable in the most wet and windy of conditions. Using a pair of walking poles or sticks, this micro tarp can be configured in the the traditional 'A-Frame', 'Flying-V' and 'Lean-To' format. However it really comes into its own when pitched in the latter two of the three styles.

Just big enough to get your head and torso under cover with your bag and cooking gear, with the rest of your body in the bivvy bag. Once out of the wind and rain, you can perform most activities needed to make your outdoor experience more pleasurable.

The 1.4m x 1.2m (approx) micro tarp is made from siliconized nylon and weighs in at an incredible 141g (lighter than previous models). It is double stitched around the hem, with reinforcements on every tab support so the tarp will take a variety of pressures from all angles. On the centre ridge line of the tarp there is a 'lifter'. These are not for central support from a line when pitched as an A frame', but for a 'lifting' cord, to pull back the flat surface area and provide more useable space underneath the tarp. (See gallery)

Extra tabs have been attached so that when in 'lean-to' format a natural 'drip' is formed which acts both as a drip and as a 'beak' from heavy rain. (See gallery)

Optional extras include titanium ultralight pegs, a 15m length of 3mm paracord and 3m of 3mm shockcord. Depending on which method you use and of course how bad the weather may be, a tarp can be pitched using as little as 4 pegs and as many as 12. Once you find a pitching style which suits your needs, shockcord may be a permanent attachment to certain tabs for swift pegging out.

The bag which comes with the tarp is a loose fit to be able to accommodate cords, pegs and shockcord.

Plus of course every tarp we sell, arrives with a free copy of The Tarp Video on CD-Rom (Mac and PC) which explains in video form, how to tie all the knots you need to know, how to hank cordage and erect your first tarp in the 3 main configurations. As pitching a tarp may be new to your outdoor experience, we suggest you take your time practicing with the various configurations in your back garden before you head out into the wilds!

Using a tarp with a bivvy bag is a great way to see more of the outdoors and feel 'part' of your environment. These tarps are designed to support the lightweight backpacker and bivvy user. Of course there's many ways they can be used, including extending the vestibule area of a tent, as a windbreak on the beach or a 'hide' for photographers.

Specifications:

  • Size: 1200mm x 1450mm
  • Weight: 141g
  • Material: 40D/230T nylon with silicon treatment +PU2000mm
  • Colour: Olive Green
  • Attachment points: 10 exterior and 1 central
  • Construction: Double stitched reinforced hem with reinforced attachment points
  • Edge and lifter webbing: 15mm polypropylene webbing
  • Supplied with bag: Loose fit to accommodate pegs and cord. Free CD-Rom (PC and Mac) video explaining how to pitch your tarp with all the associated knots.

 

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Average Rating (7 Reviews):  
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Rating:  
Splendid
Tuesday, 15 September 2015  | 

Strung out straight just enough room for two to eat sarnies out of the rain if you are friendly and it's not too windy.

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1 of 1 people found this review helpful.


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Handy Sized Tarp For Solo Backpacker
Wednesday, 19 August 2015  | 

Combined with a bivy bag this tarp makes a really good al fresco sleeping setup. It packs down to hardly anything but with five pegs, two cords and two poles you can quickly rig it in a flying v configuration which provides enough space to cover your head and shoulders at least.

Fantastic service from BPL too - received the tarp next day and I appreciated the DVD (very useful for a tarp novice like me), handwritten note and the sweets! Would definitely recommend buying here.

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Is what it says on the bag
Thursday, 9 July 2015  | 

Great for 'proper' bivvy nights out. And small, so easy to handle. One great use I found lately - with a 'mid or hex tent you can make a wee porch cover. Fix one corner to the tab on the outside of the tent (assuming it has one...) and use the other trekking pole on the diagonal corner. With 3 guys you can make a fabulous little covered area over the tent entrance, a kind of flying diamond configuration. Cool. Only reason for 4 stars is the price - there are cheaper, bigger tarps out there for less, but this is perhaps more specialist than those, BPL touches of thought given to applications. For only a few grams you can stuff this in your pack and have some fun playing in camp. Yogabob.

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Love it
Friday, 6 March 2015  | 

Excellent speedy service and the DVD was very useful. I'll be testing the micro tarp for a month in Scotland solo backpacking and I'm sure it will hold out just fine. I will definitely use backpackinglight.co.uk again, and thank you for the sweets a nice touch

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36 of 37 people found this review helpful.


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Handy
Friday, 2 August 2013  | 

The exact opposite of my Afghanistan-issue tarp - this is light, small and quite delicate.

It has, however withstood wind and rain, so its delicacy isn't an issue. The fact that it's SO small and light makes it perfect for my kind of adventuring. (8lb base-load.)

I'd give it 5 stars if it were a few quid cheaper, but I understand why it's priced the way it is.

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5 of 5 people found this review helpful.


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Micro Tarp
Tuesday, 16 July 2013  | 

This a super little tarp, does exactly what it says on the tin, don't expect anything covered beyond your mid thigh if you are very lucky. But you can stow boots and rucksack and cook under cover. You should have your sleeping bag in a bivvy bag anyway. Great for lightweight Thompson with minimal kit.

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3 of 3 people found this review helpful.


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Micro tarp
Thursday, 21 March 2013  | 

Really pleased with your service. Quick and efficient and with a personalised touch. Have enjoyed watching the tarp video. Very professionally done and presented in a way that was genuinely enthusiastic. Loved the bloopers bit at the end. You have a future in the movies!

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1 of 2 people found this review helpful.


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