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Old 05-03-2013   #1
 
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Kitchen Tarps

I'm wondering what you all think about kitchen shelters. I'd like to finally own a good kitchen tarp but $400 for a NRS river wing seems like a bigger investment than I'd like to make. Anyone know of a similar setup for less $$? I'm doing some spring boating in ID and would really like to have a bigger dry space than my Mega Mid.
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Old 05-03-2013   #2
 
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Kitchen shelters

I've been using a heavy duty tarp from Wal-Mart cost $30 can't beat that. The next best thing is Kelty's Noah's Tarp cost is around $70 a bit small but also works well.I string a line down the center with the tarp over that and then pull the corners tight, if its real bad weather then I run two lines on the outside edge's and pull the tarp to the outside lines with pursik knots and biners.
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Noah's Tarp 16

The Noah's Tarp from Kelty is really tough to beat for the price. The 16' is roughly the same dimensions as my friends NRS River Wing. The River Wing is much heavier material, but the Noah's Tarp will keep you shaded and dry for much less, albeit probably for less time before it dies. There are also Noah's Tarps in 9' and 12' size which is maybe what the earlier post was talking about; the 16' is anything but small.

I've got a good picture of it set up and in use at very rainy Solitude Camp on the Rogue. It served as kitchen and dining area for 12 of us, but attaching pictures to posts is always hit and miss for me and this morning it is all miss.
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Old 05-03-2013   #4
 
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I use something like this...



Not very light or compact, but goes up in 30 seconds if you leave the top attached to the frame and don't bother storing in it's storage bag. Comes in pretty handy if you need to get your shelter up in a hurry.
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I have a Kelty Noahs wing and I really don't like it in wind it has a tendency to twist and it doesn't cover very well. I like these tarps much better, they are better made and reasonably priced. I have seen these in action but don't own one. 10x10 - 1.1oz silicone Tarp - Green
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OP - are you talking car camping, or for multiday river trips? We use a "First up" From (god forbid I admit this) Walmart for car camping. They are solid, huge, and easy to put up and take down yourself. But heavy, 41 lbs or something like that. 10 x 10 available in store, and I recently discovered that you can order 12 x 12 online. My only walmart purchase in well over 10- years, ugh.

My question, any good source for clear tarps? A friend has one, and it is so nice to avoid that dark dank space underneath the tarps. Pretty sweet.
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Noah's Tarp 16 in use

Here is a Noah's Tarp at a soggy Solitude Camp on the Rogue. I got mine form Sierra Trading Post last year for $50.
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^^^ I know they're heavy, but I brought my 40 pound shelter on a multi-day river trip last year.

If I could find one a bit lighter weight but still "easy up", I'd probably buy it, but I don't mind this heavyweight item as a luxury item to make my camp setup a lot easier.
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multi-day river trips

I'm looking for a river trip kitchen tarp. Thanks for the replies so far. I've been on many a trip where a good group shelter can make a huge difference on a rainy trip, I just don't own one. $400 is more than I want to spend. I was curious about the Kelty, seems like a decent option. I'm not trying to go super cheap either. I don't mind investing in something that will last longer than the standard cheap tarps...
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Those Cooks tarps go up to 15x15. Some of the custom sewing folks might be able to give you a decent price on one.
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