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good quality tarp but not as discrete as the army basha
on 24 May 2013
This is a good quality, well-made product from a small company in Scotland.
I augmented mine with a 9m long piece of paracord which I leave permanentaly rigged through the mid-line, for use among trees. It's very quick to rig in the dark that way - just a bowline onto a tree at one end and a round turn + 2 half hitches at the other end and you're away. It's worth memorizing how many of your paces is the min/max spacing between trees for your tarp, so you don't have to faff around finding a good spot in the woods by trial and error.
It also makes a passable tent if draped over an upturned bike and pegged down around 3 edges. If you peg it out tightly then the bike can't fall over on you.
I sleep on the ground (not in a hammock) and I usually use mine in conjunction with a goretex army bivvi bag so no need for a ground sheet and no worries about rain or draughts blowing under the tarp. In good weather, you can get away without a bivvi bag and just use some excess tarp fabric as a ground sheet.
One reservation - the fabric has a glossy metalic sheen to it (a bit like a dragonfly's abdomen) and is not drab olive green but a slightly un-natural green colour. If you are trying to be discrete and it's a sunny day then this can be a bit eye-catching. The old-fashioned army bashas blend into the background better. For most people this doesn't matter but if discretion is important to you then you might want to think about this.
All in all it's a good piece of kit with many uses.