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by SusanSfromOutstanding in the field? Not.Tried using the Noah in an open field for shade for 4 days. Rigged it with two tent poles and started with 4 guy lines per the instructions. Sag sag sag. We added a few more guy lines and it really didn't help since we had to pitch in soft dirt/grass. We're thinking it would have worked fantastic if we'd had one of the very few campsites that had a tree or three that could have been one of the stationary supports. We took it down and didn't use it.
I've pitched blue tarps with the same tent poles and various guy line combinations and have not had this kind of trouble. Next time I just won't pitch the Noah like the illustration shows and will only use it if we have trees around us.
Date published: 2011-06-26
Rated 4out of5
by the dovefromit works!plenty of room, easy to set up. it works!
Date published: 2012-03-30
Rated 5out of5
by flaxinfromVersatile and LightweightReally helpful tarp that packs light but makes a big footprint for covering a group cooking area, etc. The fabric loops along the edges give you flexibility when setting up as well as rigidity along the edges when the wind picks up.
Date published: 2012-06-27
Rated 2out of5
by Swiss PetefromGood tarp but misleading product infoThe pictures show poles, but it turns out, there are no poles included. Either you show a picture of the product without the poles, or you sell the poles with it. Moreover, there is no indication as to what kind of poles to buy to fit this.
Date published: 2014-05-16
Rated 1out of5
by danfromnapafromIf you want to block rain, forget it.I mistakenly thought this could be used to block rain water. It shed water just a bit better than a cloth sheet. Since it looked like tent fly material I thought it would shed water. Boy was I diappointed when Everything I had under it got wet. I really can't think of a good use for this thing. I have had other Kelty products and have been very satisfied. This sure in not one of them.
Date published: 2012-04-13
Rated 4out of5
by Lodge PolefromI may have to buy the 16x16This tarp is not cool gray it is a burnish bronze.
It comes with 6 alloy stakes and 4 guy lines, with plastic sliders to tension the lines. I had been expecting the cool gray, but this seems to be a new color. I have a Kelty Vortex II and that is cool gray.
A square tarp is the only tarp IMO, and this is square enough to be set as a 'Diamond Shelter' for me solo, gear 2 up, and can be packed light and small for motorcycle camping off hand.
I also do winter camping and this item can be a lot of things there. Gear storage, wind break, Emergency Stretcher, or tent fly, and is just plain versatile.
I wish it came with a standard stuff sack instead of a zipper case made of the same nylon. I mix minimalist with comfort, so smaller storage in my pack is going to happen, and that case is going to stay home. I plan to change the line to far smaller line for less bulk. The 6 stakes are ok for dirt.
Date published: 2013-03-06
Rated 5out of5
by Overpacked but UltralightfromGreat tarp but misleading sizeI use this tarp for backpacking. I stopped bringing a tent a few years back and have been relying on a hammock ever since. This has been a great multi purpose tarp for me. It's large enough to set up and congregate under with a few people. This brings me to my one point that I think needs mentioning. I have a cuben fiber tarp that has the standard hammock tarp shape. It's listed as an 11' tarp which is measured along the ridge line. The Kelty Noah's tarps are measured along the sides. They are square shaped. However, most people will pitch this like a diamond. This means the ridge line is actually nearly 17'. I like it, but when I was told I was getting a 12' tarp for my birthday, I was not expecting such a large tarp. However, the girlfriend gets 2 thumbs up. I actually carry this tarp more than my smaller tarp and find the weight difference to be far outweighed by it's utility.
One last note, this tarp has a ton of tie outs. The ridge line can be shortened very easily.
Date published: 2013-04-28
Rated 4out of5
by Jason MartinfromGreat tarp, but description needs updateThis is a well made tarp, but the product description and photo are off. The 12 x 12 I received matches the darker grey color shown on the 9' model. Also, the description says it comes with a Nite Ize figure 9, not mine did not. It DID come with 6 guy lines(as opposed to the 4 listed) and 6 x 6" Y-style aluminum stakes (not listed). Personally, I have stakes already and would have prefered the figure 9. Still, I am pleased with the tarp.
Date published: 2013-03-27
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