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  • Large size is 10 x 10 ft. (3 x 3m), weighs only 350g and can comfortably sleep 2 when set up as an A-frame; it also makes a great tent awning or sun shelter
  • Medium size is 6 ft. 6 in. x 8 ft. 6 in. (2 x 2.6m), weighs only 270g and protects 2 sleepers from the rain when set up close to the ground as an A-Frame
  • Waterproof 15-denier silicone/polyurethane-coated Ultra-Sil® Nano fabric
  • 8 Hypalon tie-out points each hold the tip of a trekking pole (sold separately) for a wide variety of setup options; cord adjusters and reflective guylines are preattached
  • The Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp Shelter attaches easily to the Escapist Inner Bug Tent (sold separately) for extra protection


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Best Use Backpacking
Seasons 3-season
Sleeping Capacity 2-person
9.52 ounces
12.3 ounces
Packaged Weight
10.5 ounces
13.3 ounces
Packed Size
3 x 7.5 inches
3 x 9 inches
8 ft. 6 in. x 6 ft. 6 in.
10 ft. x 10 ft.
Covered Area
55.25 square feet
96.63 square feet
Peak Height Varies
Number of Doors Unavailable
Number of Poles Sold separately
Canopy Fabric 15-denier coated nylon
Ultralight Yes
Design Type Non-freestanding
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Lightweight, compact, tough. I just used this tarp as my primary shelter on a 6-day backpacking trip in the Wind River Mountains. I was leery about taking that step away from a full blown tent to an ultralight shelter. Temps were down near freezing each night and 5 of the 6 nights we had gusty winds. Two of the nights I had to lower the pitch of the tarp to 3 feet because the wind was too strong. This tarp worked awesome and came through with no visible wear whatsoever. I've transitioned to really ultralight lately and this tarp is definitely one of my key pieces of equipment. I use it with a piece of Tyvek for the ground and an insect net when needed. Great multi-use piece of gear to have. I couldn't be happier.
Date published: 2016-09-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Compact, lightweight, and well-constructed shelter My wife and I tried the Escapist tarp out on a kayaking trip in the Broken Group Island this May. During the intermittently windy and rainy weather at a semi-exposed campsite, the tarp kept everything dry. The tarp is extremely compact and well-constructed and is highly recommended for those who consider space to be at a premium.
Date published: 2014-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Addition to My Gear I have really enjoyed the versatility of this this tarp shelter. It weighs very little, takes up very little space, and was easy to set up by myself with minimal practice. The bag has set-up instructions for all of the configurations printed right on it in case you assistance. Recently, I packed it on three night backpacking trip with the family to use it as a group cooking/eating shelter since rain was forecasted, but ended up sleeping under it in my hammock after my snoring got me kicked out of the tent . . .
Date published: 2015-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Light, compact, strong... perfect. I don't give the 5 stars just because it is a little heavier than specifications. But still it is awesome, also is easy to fold and pack.
Date published: 2015-04-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Easy to set up, very lightweight This is my foray into lightweight backpacking. I could not get it back into its stuffsack, but I ended up just rolling it into my reflective 6x5 tarp. The 6x5 tarp goes on the ground, under my sleeping pad, and the Escapist tarp goes over me. I set it up with five stakes: one at each corner, plus one to secure my hiking pole (just one, unlike the picture). I have a bug net I put around my head. So far, so good.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from tested in 4 states The sea to summit tarp is a versatile shelter that can withstand diffrent environments while offering relative comfort. Pros: Lightweight Easy to set up Can set up in diffrent designs Waterproof Very open, spacious Cons: Not good in buggy areas ( though that comes with the territory if your a lightweight backacker)
Date published: 2015-11-29
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What size rope can be used for the built-in grommet hardware? 

Asked by: eagleye
The Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp Shelter actually does not use grommets in the corners, but rather has a circular bar tack stitching around the corner attachment points. The hole punched in the middle of that circular bar tack stitch is 8 mm wide.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-05

Does this come with pegs, or do you buy them seperatly, if so which ones?

Asked by: badchess
Given that this tarp is an ultralight shelter, you might want some ultralight stakes as well (the REI steel ones are sturdy and cheap, but not so light). I like the MSR Mini Groundhog stakes -- -- myself. In sandy soil, something beefier will hold better, though.
Answered by: DavoColo
Date published: 2017-03-07

Does this provide any UV protection, and how much?

Asked by: Amber
This shelter is not rated to provide any additional UV protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-19

Does the escapist tarp come with seams sealed? What sealer is recommended for the material?

Asked by: Quintana44
The seams on this tarp are sealed. The Gear Aid Seam Grip Seam Sealer would be a great choice if you would like to add more seam sealer:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-14

In the tarp description it lists that this is compatible with the "Escapist Inner Bug Tent", which I can't find at REI. Can I use this with the Sea to Summit Nano Mosquito Pyramid Insect Shield Net Shelter (double) instead?

Asked by: drick
The Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp Shelter is designed to be used with the Escapist Inner Bug Tent. We are sold out of the bug net, but you can use other bug nets. Unfortunately, the Nano Mosquito Pyramid Insect Shield Net Shelter will not work because you need to suspend that net and you would not be able to suspend it if a tarp is over the bug net.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-05

Are tarps required to be treated with flame-retardant chemicals like tents are? I try to limit my exposure to chemicals that have a bad rep.

Asked by: not employed by crank bros
We require all our vendors to comply with all federal regulations but do not have specific chemical information, unfortunately. We encourage you to contact the Sea to Summit.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-09-23

Does the advertised "Weight" or "Packaged Weight" include the guy lines?

Asked by: Albuquerque Hiker
​The packaged weight for this shelter does include the guywire.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-11-09
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