First, to truly review this I must tell a story!! I now own two of these and love them!
Short Review: Performs GREAT, easy to setup, and includes everything you need!! I have used it ONCE so far as an emergency shelter during a hike and it performed better than almost any tarp I own (See short story below)
Short Story: Earlier this month I went on a hike, short hike, but hike!! It was a nice and sunny day.. My GF said, “Hey we forgot rain jackets lets take this umbrella”. I was like “Umbrellas are for pansies hiking, plus it’s sunny”.. The hike was short but ALL UP HILL!! At the top of the mountain (End of the hike before we turned around) my GF was like “LOOK AT THE FOG! IT’s SO BEAUTIFUL”.. I was like “Thats why they call this the Smoky Mountains” (Keep in mind, this was a few days after the Gatlinburg Fires so it could have been real smoke).. It wasn’t!! I put my Scouting background to use and was like “CRAP THIS IS A STORM coming over the mountain and its moving FAST” (Again we were high up so it was the CLOUD not fog!!).. She said “You will be single after this hike I told you to bring the umbrella”.. Pancaking to save my relationship, I remember I told my GF to carry the “Bear Butt” bag! We always carry it hiking because hammocks are the BEST way to relax and the bear butt hammock is big enough for the two of us!! I use the bear butt branded backpack with the hammock and straps and just leave it in my trunk! I always have it.. BUT I remembered just tossed this fly in the bag to keep it all together!! Quickly putting it up, it saved us and about 6 strangers from a downpour!! It saved my relationship and performed very well!! All of us remained dry while other hikers looked like they had been swimming..
1.) Includes EVERYTHING you need – This is a MAJOR PLUS!! If it didn’t include the rope and stakes, it wouldn’t have saved me from the downpour! Plus I hate buying budget gear only to find out I have to spend $20+ on the other items I need to use it! NOT WITH THIS, it includes everything!
2.) Large enough to cover a hammock plus gear and even a chair!! But if you set it up as a tarp it can protect 5 – 6 people comfortably! And more crammed like sardines!
3.) VERY Waterproof! This is another must for a rain fly!
4.) DURABLE – Reinforced tie spots! NOT EVEN ENO HAS THESE!!! Quality is excellent!!
5.) Tons of colors available – Match your hammocks, biners and even straps!!
6.) Packs Small!! – Smaller than a BEAR BUTT HAMMOCK
7.) Setup in under 1 minute!!
8.) Wonderful PRICE
9.) Taped Seams
1.) Dirty looks from other hikers when they found out the couldn’t fit under it because I already had around 6 strangers!!
Overall: Great brand and great quality gear!! Wonderful price! I highly recommend this tarp PLUS any bear butt product!!