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Like a tent, only better.
Tents are useful if you're expecting terrible weather or heinous mosquitoes, but the Snow Peak Penta Air Tarp's way better if you're traveling light and don't plan on running into monstrous storms. First of all, it weighs just 15oz, and secondly, it includes all the guy-wires and stakes you need to set up in a jiffy. You can also pick up the specially designed Penta Air pole for easy setup, or just use a stick or trekking pole to fine tune your shelter to suit your needs. Either way, the silicon-coated 20D polyester ripstop will keep you dry and safe while hardly adding to your load.
- Teflon-treated, PU-coated polyester tarp
- Guylines and stakes included
- Pole not included
- Item #SNO003V
- Q & A
Beautiful and goes up quick and taut.
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
It's nice that Snow Peak gives you precut lines and stakes to save even that small additional effort. My 130 cm Black Diamond Z-pole was perfect for the front prop; you won't need to buy a pole for this with a good set of trekking poles. Unless you are planning to use that pole on a hike from camp, but even then you could use an extra stake to nail it down over your stuff until you come back...and finding a big stick for a temporary fix that keeps everything taut (or an overnight fix, if you don't use poles) is not hard at all to do in any backcountry I have been in. The fabric is to my mind pretty darn substantial; this is no cuben fiber/silnylon ultralight, although if you use no other shelter it's a pretty economical weight. (I plan to use the 9 oz. MSR E-Bivy with mine.) Its wingspan will surprise you too; it's roomy. I slept front to back, but one can easily go side to side behind the pole. Pitch it tail to the wind to keep rain from sweeping in that huge front opening, now, and it'll keep the weather off you.