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Ahh—shade at last.

Stretch out the Kelty Noah Tarp for some much-needed shade from the sun’s relentless rays. This ultra-light, economical shelter also comes in quite handy when you need some protection from the weather, and it easily fits into your backpack. Taped seams help keep the wet off of you, and its guyout points help ensure the Noah stays put during a sudden storm. Designed for multiple uses, the Noah serves as a great way to get some shade whether you’re pre-gaming for a football game, attending a multi-day festival, or just looking for some shade when camping.
  • *Poles not included.

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4 5


This thing is really big. Like, big.

It doesn't come with poles, so you'll need trees or cars to hold it up. But it does come with stakes to stake it down.

Are there any tabs/tie out points on the...

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Are there any tabs/tie out points on the underside? Any recommendations for how to set up a Sea to Summit Mosquito Pyramid Insect Shield Net - Double underneath it?

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There are no points on the underside, there are a lot around the sides. As far as setting up a but net your best bet would probably be to run a cord underneath from where ever you are tying the tarp up to.

5 5

Awesome Tarp

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

After the first couple trips with this tarp I have been super happy. I got the 12' size and use it with my ENO Doublenest. If you are looking to conserve space in your pack then you could probably get by with the 9' size but there are so many ways that you can hang the 12 so it makes up for the added space in my opinion. Construction and sewing seems good, material seems solid, no surprises at all. All in all its a fairly light tarp with a million usage options

Unanswered Question

you seem to only have the Kelty Noah tarps...

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you seem to only have the Kelty Noah tarps in 9 and 16 foot. I'm looking for a 12. Did Kelty stop making the 12 foot or are you just out?

5 5


  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I have backpacked with these for years and they are easy to use and perform under the harshest downpours. It does not leak and you can trust it. All my buddies borrow it when I am not using it.

5 5

Mary Christmas

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I gave it as a gift, but have feedback to share

this is a gift for my son but we expect it to be very high qualty because he is getting me one for christmas as well.We each put together ,for the other one a lite weight pack and both of use included this tarp.We plan on camping useing only our new packs right after christmas.God bless.

5 5

Noah 9 and Noah 12

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have both the Noah 9 and Noah 12 versions and both are really nice. I prefer the Noah 12 because it has a few more tie-out points on it and allows you more pitching options. I left it up in my backyard through several days of light rain and some heavy downpours and never a leak, not even a drip. Combine it with some trekking poles and you can really get creative with how you set it up.

What pole system is best for this product....

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What pole system is best for this product. I would like to find segmented/collapsable poles if possible.

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God gave use all the poles we need .They are laying all over th forest floor.

5 5

Kelty Noah's tarp

I have the 12' size and it provides excellent shelter from sun and rain with very sufficient guypoints and strong grommets. It works well over my ENO and gives me plenty of room to protect my other gear also. For the quality you can't beat the price! Car camping , trailer tent camping , or hiking to the bottom of the gorge , it's a very practical piece of my gear!

5 5

tarp user much

Excellent tarp! Have used in rain,wind, &shine. Buy poles. For the price you would think they would be included.

Does this come with the ties? or do you...

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Does this come with the ties? or do you have to buy ties, stakes, and poles to make it complete

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It comes with cord and stakes (I don't remember how many). Poles are sole separately.

5 5

Its good

Light, simple, and does what it says it does. This kept us dry in a two day downpour after our fancy schmancy north face tent started leaking. good equipment to have. No regrets at all about buying.

3 5


just to let you know, this does not come with poles. that being said, it is a decent tarp that isn't terribly heavy. it is definitely meant for more of a car camping/ barbecue type tarp. if you are looking for a backpacking tarp, i would look elsewhere.

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Can hiking poles be used? put upside down.

I'd love to get one, but don't know what...

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I'd love to get one, but don't know what size. I'm a car camper, so weight isn't an issue.

My primary usage would be to cover a picnic bench, or perhaps a campfire area when the weather is rainy. (How high to pitch above the campfire?)

In a deluge, I'd probably want to use it to cover my tent as a backup to the rain fly (which I do use religiously, living in New England).

I have two tents: I use the Kelty Zodiac for just my daughter and myself. It's 7'x8'. The REI Kingdom 6 is for the Girl Scout troop. It's 10' x 8'4" without the vestibule. Adding the vestibule adds another 5 feet.

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Since you are car camping and want to use it for a number of situations, I would go big and get the 16'. More coverage, more fun!

how many tie points on each edge what is...

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how many tie points on each edge what is the spacing are they gromets? !6' Tarp

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No grommets. They're webbing straps. There are two straps between the corners on each edge, spaced evenly.

how many tie points on each edge what is...

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how many tie points on each edge what is the spacing are they gromets?

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Depends on the size. Please re-submit the question with the size tarp you have ("9X9", "12X12", etc)

5 5

worth it

This is a great tarp. If your looking for a great shelter or just a canopy then get this tarp. Its a great value and well worth it.

Its not the easiest to put up so buy the poles thy are a must . overall i would say a must have for your camp site.

5 5

Rain, Hail, Snow, Whatever.

Brought the twelve foot version on a two week trip in Northern New Mexico. Over that period, we say everything from well over 100 degree days to 40 degree days with hail and awesome downpour. It was covered in mud, sand and whatever else we dragged it through. It never leaked, and never tore. We used two trekking poles and it worked just fine. Definitely going to by my own nine footer.

Great All-around Tarp

Great All-around Tarp

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Tarp protecting the family on a sunny lake-front in the Colorado mountains. Now if only we could talk the kids into staying under it!

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Hi. Great photo! What size tarp did you get? This looks like either the 12' or 16'.

5 5

A Classic Gets Even Better

I own the 9ft. version of the slightly older Noah's tarp and love it for backpacking and kayaking for 1-3 people. It's awesome for keeping off the rain around camp for cooking, chatting, etc.

After multiple TERRIBLE experiences with the cheapo supercenter special blue or green tarps (they rip easily, are tough to fold up and even more difficult to hang properly), I decided to go with the newest version of the large 16ft. Noah for family car camping.

I've used it twice recently - once in solid rain and once in a crazy high-elevation windstorm. The tarp held up admirably in both. It keeps the rain/sun off well and protects a very large area. It's also a dream to pitch - lots of guyout points and the cut makes it hang very nicely.

The only downside is that it can easily turn into quite the kite (this is expected with its size). Make sure you have it well secured to trees in a strong wind - or be prepared to have to take it down. When the windstorm hit us, we ended up having to take it down (we were using poles as there were no trees around - and that just wasn't strong enough). I can say, though, that all the grommets/guy line attachment points held up very well. I was concerned that they might rip, but didn't have even a little tear while the wind really gave it a try. If we had it attached to trees, it would have stayed up just fine.

If you're looking for an affordable, reliable, easy to pitch tarp because you're tired of the blue monsters, go with the Kelty Noah - you won't be sorry.

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