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Kelty Noah\'s Tarp - 12\' x 12\'


    Kelty Noah's Tarp - 12' x 12'

    The Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 is an instant shade. This lightweight, affordable shelter is handy to have aboard for weather protection in a hurry—whether you are traveling over land or over water. See details

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    The Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 is an instant shade. This lightweight, affordable shelter is handy to have aboard for weather protection in a hurry—whether you are traveling over land or over water.

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    The Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 is an instant shade. This lightweight, affordable shelter is handy to have aboard for weather protection in a hurry—whether you are traveling over land or over water.

    • Take it camping, backpacking, boating, and to sporting events and festivals
    • Cantenary cut, no-sag, coated polyester taffeta allows a very taut pitch; features taped seams
    • Versatile 4-point shape can be pitched in a multitude of configurations
    • Reinforced nylon webbing pullouts; grommets allow the use of 2 extendable tarp poles, sold separately
    • Kelty Noah's Tarp 12 comes with stakes/guylines and a carry sack
    • Peak height varies based on setup configuration and location
    • Tarp poles sold separately


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    Kelty Noah's Tarp - 12' x 12' Specs
    Best use
    Family & car camping
    2 lbs. 1 oz.
    0.9 kilogram
    2 lbs. 8 oz.
    5 x 23 inches
    Sold separately
    Coated polyester taffeta
    Non-freestanding shelter
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    Kelty Noah's Tarp - 12' x 12'

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    Kelty Noah's Tarp - 12' x 12' is rated 4.6364 out of 5 by 11.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Worth Every Ounce We took this in to a lake at 11200 feet. The afternoon turned nasty, and a thunderstorm rolled in just at dusk. The tarp was up at our cook camp, and it saved us I can tell you. A small fire underneath the edge of the tarp, and four guys and equipment stayed dry. This is very easy to set up, and has LOTS of tie outs.
    Date published: 2014-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great tarp but misleading size I 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: 2014-04-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice large tarp for covering hammock I purchased this tarp to use for hammock camping while backpacking. It's a great size for this use and it can fully enclose my hammock to protect from windy rain or snow. My hammock is the Byer Easy Traveller, which is 84 inches long, and I hang the tarp with the middle of the 12' direction aligned over my hammock (not the diagonal as many do). Then you can either stake down the four corners, or stake down using the tieouts one increment in from each corner and use the remaining corner flaps as doors to close on each end around the hammock like a tent to really protect from the elements (note this requires a total of 8 stakes and guylines if you want to stake down the closed door flaps). Because it is so large, it can be a pain to try to hang on my own. I've remedied this by first hanging a ridgeline for the tarp. Then I can hang the tarp over the ridgeline and adjust as necessary without dragging the tarp all over the place and getting caught up in it. There are various options for attaching the tarp to a ridgeline; I tied loops in the ridgeline and use little S-biners to connect the tarp tieout loops to the ridgeline loops to hold it in place on both sides. This doesn't come with the accessories listed here... the 12'x12' comes with 6 guylines (four are shorter, about 7'-8', and two are twice as long), 6 silver metal stakes, and a carry bag. There is no Figure 9 biner. I'll eventually switch out the guylines because they could be smaller and lighter, but they work fine for now. I like the MSR groundhog stakes as a replacement or addition if you need extras; the groundhogs are the same size/weight and have a loop of reflective cord on the end that helps when pulling them out of the ground and makes them nicely visible in the dark with a headlamp. The carry bag that comes with the tarp is too large and bulky, so I'm swapping that out for something smaller. This tarp kept me dry in a night of steady rain, and I even had to set the tarp and hammock up when it was already raining. The only negative is that, like many tents, some water may leak through in spots that you touch when you're inside the tarp, so beware of that and set up the guylines so that you have enough room to move around inside the tarp without touching the tarp much. I know I touched it in some places and there were a couple of drips, but nothing at all that affected me once I was hanging in my hammock. It's just the nature of this material. My setup kept me completely dry for the whole night, so I'm not concerned. This is an effective and affordable option for backpacking with a hammock. Aside from water, it's the heaviest thing in my pack, but at about 2 pounds it's really not bad and I don't think you can get better for this size without going to a much more expensive material (cuban fiber).
    Date published: 2014-04-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great tarp, but description needs update This 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The proper design Finally had a reason to buy this tarp as I have wanted one like it for some time. My old $25 neighbood discount model finally bit the dust. This tarp follows principles developed by the Famous Frei Otto, and architect who explored ways to build temporary structures using tension principles. Hence the catenary cut. My old tarp was true square utilizing hem ropes for tightness. This tarp is great and everything expected except the accessories have something to be desired. Unless you have a Troop of Scouts holding every corner while erecting the tarp, it is difficult to set up using two poles. This is improved by using the provided 4 guylines, 2 each, on the two ridge corners. The ridge has the seam line between the two opposing corners. Throw away the supplied keepers and either learn the tautline hitch or purchase or make tent guy line keepers that are fixed on the guys in the old fashioned way. Then find two additional guy lines for the wing sides and configure them the same. You will have six guy lines. Lay the tarp on the ground and stake out 2 each of the ridge guylines at about 45 degree angle from the ridge corners. Then slip the poles through the grommets on the ridge corners and raise the tarp, adjusting the guyline keepers as you go. The tarp will be self supporting. Then stake out the two opposing wing corners and adjust until taut. The whole tarp will be tensioned. A similar set will also work with three corners guyed out and one extra tall pole on the remaining ridge corner. Note that the grommets are 5/16 of an inch inside diameter and most universal aluminum tent poles have 3/8 inch swaged tips. Either make some kind of adaptors with a 1/4 or 5/16 inch spike or buy poles with thin spikes. The stakes are also too small so I suggest getting some 9 inch plastic stakes, commonly found, as there will be wind and the provided stakes won't hold. Otherwise, it is a very nice tension structure and Frei Otto would be proud.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tarp! Used this product for the first time last weekend while camping in an RV Park in South Bend, IN for the UM/ND football game. It took two of us about ten minutes to set up this tarp in rainy/windy conditions. Excellent design...very stable...kept us dry all weekend in a lot of rain (and wind). Note that I used this tarp with the optional poles which I highly recommend. I also recommend replacing the supplied stakes with MSR Groundhog stakes.
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from I may have to buy the 16x16 This 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: 2014-03-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good value I purchased two of the 12x12 tarps from REI. These are great tarps for the $. Yes, there are lighter BPing tarps out there but they are much more $. I set up both tarps and immediately realized that one of the grommets was faulty and had come apart, I replaced it myself with the same 3/" grommet and it is as good as new. They are cat cut and easy to set up in multiple configurations. We have used them twice now and are very pleased with the purchase. The only true complaint I have about these are the cheap guy lines that come with them - while you are shopping invest a couple of bucks in some decent cord and replace the guy lines immediately. Other than that, great tarps/dining flys!
    Date published: 2014-04-05

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