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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for hammocking! Just had a chance to put the 9 foot to the test with some rain on my last overnight camp and it was great. I used it over my Eno double nest and it covers the entire hammock comfortably. I used a ridgeline with it so I did not see how the shape holds without but it kept me dry. You would however want it pulled down pretty close if you're in a driving rain. The adjustable guylines are superb and it comes with 6 aluminum stakes that are better quality than most of the trash coming standard with tents.
Date published: 2016-08-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Stayed dry all night. Got this trap for a trip I took to Colorado Bend State Park and I couldn't be happier that I did. My first night out I got to test it as it rain for a good 6 hours overnight. And not just light rain, but a full on thunder storm. Woke up the next morning completely dry.
Date published: 2016-05-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than a tent for sitting out a storm! Just took this tarp for a week in the Boundary Waters Canoe Area Wilderness (BWCA). This tarp was easy to pitch and extremely versatile - we used it as a sun shade, to cover our gear at night, and we sat out a storm w/ near-sideways driving rain and stayed dry (much better than being cramped up in the tent during a storm!). This size worked really well for two adults - but I think you'd need a bigger tarp if you had more than two people. Note: I didn't sleep under the tarp - so I'm not sure how "cozy" it might be sleeping two people under it w/ a low pitch to the ground. Initially, I thought the pre-strung guylines were hokey - but I've changed my mind. It was really easy to use the tensioners and saved me time. And they're reflective - so you won't run into them at night. And, as an added bonus, you can use them as a clothesline. As another reviewer noted, this tarp hits the sweet spot between weight, price, and build qualiity. You can get a lighter tarp - but you'll pay a lot more. And you can get a cheaper tarp - but it won't be nearly as convenient and durable. Finally, I'd never pitched a tarp before, but there are lots of YouTube videos. I did just fine watching a few videos and trying it out in the backyard before I left town. I'd definitely buy this again.
Date published: 2016-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Looks Like a Solid Tarp I just got this and set it up in the yard. I have a lot of tarp camping experience. This tarp sets up easily in the flying wedge or diamond configuration. Not so easy to set up in the traditional A-Frame configuration because it does not have tabs on the center of the four sides. With pegs and cords and sack it weighs 29.5 ounce on my scale. It weighs 23.7 without the pegs. So the reported weight is about right. That makes it a bit heavier than the ultralite tarps out there, but the price is very reasonable by comparison. Looks like it would cover two people, but I will be using it alone, so plenty of room. I have not used it in a storm, when I do I will let you know how it holds up. Looks like the guys and attachments are solid. The stakes are heavy so I will replace them with lighter. It did in fact measure 9 feet by 9 feet square setting (is it setting or sitting, I never know) on the ground. I don't see the catenary curve (perhaps the d/l is small) but okay with me. It set up nice and tight.
Date published: 2016-08-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No center pullout This is a limited use tarp as there are no center pullouts on the Tarp Get the Kelty Noah 9x9 Tarp for the same price with center pullouts for real versatility that you want from a Tarp
Date published: 2016-11-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good tarp, but not what I was expecting. I purchased this tarp thinking that it was a straight cut tarp since the description didn't specify, but upon purchase realized that it had a catenary cut which is not what I was looking for. Otherwise it appears to be a good product.
Date published: 2016-02-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Makes Great Hammock Rain/Dew Cover Nice light color, nice light (enough) weight, nice small (enough) packed size for hammock camping. Added two 5 ft lengths of Kelty TripTease Dyneema reflective cord to diagonal ends to more quickly tie those ends to the trees than fiddling with the longer cords intended for ground guys for poles. Also replaced the stakes that came with for a few Mini Ground Hog's (for hammock cover use). Included stakes are blunt tipped short steel shepherd's hooks. Tarp 9 does the job without breaking the bank for car camping or weekend backpacking.
Date published: 2017-06-12
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Couldn't figure out taut set-up I purchased this tarp to use while car camping. Tried to use it this weekend, and after two hours of trying to set it up correctly with my husband AND 2 campground employees, we could not pitch this thing without a huge sag in the middle. Maybe there is some secret to it that we are unaware of (but we also couldn't find anything online to help show us how to pitch it, either). I will be returning it - not worth the aggravation.
Date published: 2017-07-11
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Questions & Answers

Can you use trekking poles to hold up the tarp?

Asked by: bluefox
Trekking poles can be used to pitch the Camp Tarp 9.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-11

Does this tarp have a ridgeline attachment in the very center of the tarp?

Asked by: Steinsato
The Camp Tarp 9 does not have a center attachment.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-14

I lost the rainfly to my REI Dash 2 backpacking tent and was wondering if this could work as an appropriate replacement for the rain fly since REI does not have replacement rain flys available. 

Asked by: Orangutanna
The Camp Tarp 9 could be used as a very loose rainfly if properly positioned.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-14

Will this cover a ENO single nest adequately?

Asked by: Koruption
Hung in a diamond pattern its more than sufficient. It will have over a 12' ridge line. I have one and it covers my hammock fine.
Answered by: Peacemaniv
Date published: 2016-10-18

Is it waterproof?

Asked by: JCB1218
This tarp has a durable water repellent applied to it; it offers waterproof protection.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-17

What is the weight without stakes and packed size? I can "borrow" stakes from my tent if I need to stake this down. It would be nice if the packed picture could include a standard 1 liter nalgene bottle for size comparison.

Asked by: HikingMonkey
The weight of the tarp only is 21 ounces. The stuff sack size is 12 x 9 inches.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-24

Does this size cover a camping picnic table?

Asked by: Louise
Yes, most picnic tables are 6' long and less than 4' wide. Our tarp will cover that size table.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-10

Would the included stakes work well in the sand?

Asked by: Sahba
The 7.5" stakes are thin. Wider stakes like the Coghlan's ABS Tent Pegs will hold better in the sand.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-09-10
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