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    looking for a waterproof tarp any suggestions

    i recently picked up an outdoor research bug bivy and im looking for a decent tarp to use with the bivy when the possibility of rain is in the forecast and also just to use by itself as shade for other small day trips
    not looking to spend a ton but dont want to go super cheap .also prefer a tarp that is green or brown in color so it does not stand out as much
    any suggestions or ideas are greatly appreciated
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    Integral siltarp, I have two of them they're great and come in olive green.

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    do you have any large tent foot prints you could use ?

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    anthony.delorenzo thanks for the suggestion i will look into those siltarps and see which one might suit me best.

    Unchewable i do not have one big enough at the moment but i was actually thinking the same thing and was looking for a big one on rei outlet just now to see what i could come up with.

    i know i could just go pick up some cheap tarp at a wally world or something but i like to buy the right stuff the first time and as luck would have it i just sold my camber on craigslist so i definitely might up my price range and get something better
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    cheap tarps work really well and can be replaced very easy.
    Kifaru also makes a super tarp that can be used in all kinds of ways.

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    I asked the same question the other day in another forum (as OP) and was told to look at:
    Wilderness Equipment - Backpacks, Tents, Adventure, Outdoor, Camping, Hiking, Accessories, Perth, Australia
    or for light weight:
    Wilderness Equipment - Backpacks, Tents, Adventure, Outdoor, Camping, Hiking, Accessories, Perth, Australia
    (Wish I'd been sitting down when I spotted the prices) The person who offered me the links has given excellent advice in the past and has eons of touring/treking experience so I have no hesitation leaving you the links (with the caveat - sit down before looking at the prices)

    Anther poster whose also an experienced cycletourist offered anther link:
    Mountain Laurel Designs
    as well as for some inspiration:
    Tarping with the Grace solo Spinntex .97 | DZJOW'S ADVENTURE LOG

    Enjoy

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    MLD has some nice choices for a bivi.

    Mountain Laurel Designs

    04 Azonic Saber
    08 Yeti AS-x
    12 Rocky Mtn 29er Alt 970



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    Not ultra-lightweight, but Noah's tarps are pretty versitile.

    Kelty Noah's Tarp : Cabela's

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    I bought this for a recent trip: Outdoor Products Nylon Tarp - 9.5' x 8' - 2012 Closeout at REI-OUTLET.com

    The material is very waterproof and reasonably light, but the grommets aren't so great. I tore out 2. When I contacted REI online to ask about returning it (REI is more than an hour away driving time), they gave me my money back and said I could keep the tarp. So, it's a pretty dang good tarp for being free. Even with grommets torn out, I just wadded up some grass and wrapped the tarp around it making a little ball and then tied a cord around that. I don't think I'll bother replacing the grommet since this works so well.

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    I was looking at the Noah tarp but went with a Guide Gear tarp in the end because it was a bit cheaper. Its 11 feet on the diagonal and is not quite as light as silnylon, but pretty darn light. And at $33, its one of the best deals.

    The only advice I would give is to plan on sealing the seams yourself. They do not appear to be seam sealed so I spent 30 minutes doing mine and was glad I did. Used it two weekends ago and got a few hours of sprinkles plus about 1 hour of more serious rainfall. Totally dry!

    I donít have bug issues here, so I just sleep on a ground cloth, Big Agnes sleeping pad, light bag and under the tarp. A very light setup and I like the tarp for all the various ways it can be assembled. I could fit two under it without much trouble, too (depending on how it is strung up).

    Oh, and its green, too, since that is a feature you were looking for.

    This is a link to my latest overnighter that has some pics of the tarp in action.

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    I use a MLD dog tarp. 5'x5', Silnylon' 4.9 oz for my bivi tarp. 49 bucks
    I did add 1 carbon fiber tent pole for a standalone setup.



    The MLD tarp link here:

    Mountain Laurel Designs

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