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Be TarpSmart

By Hati Whiteley
24, Sep, 2017

Avoid tying yourself in knots and getting tangled in your tarp with top tips from the team tarpologists.

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However nonchalantly you mention tarpology to non-adherents of the way of the tarp, the response is often somewhere between a blank stare of disbelief and quietly edging out of the room.

“What? Tarp? Like a sheet of fabric?”

It may only seem like a sheet of fabric, you explain, but it’s the most versatile sheet of fabric you’ve ever seen.

Welcome to tarpology.

Setting up a bike wheel tarp configuration

Bike wheel tarp configuration

When it comes to tarpology, your creativity may know no limits

No, we’re not smithing words! Tarpology if the art of using a simple sheet of fabric as shelter. As the summer dances by without our noticing and we try our best to make the most of those light evenings before they fade away, little feels quite so simple as flinging your tarp in your work bag in the morning just in case the weather holds out.

Bivvy in the Woods 

Equipped with just a tarp, you can make anywhere your home

We don’t claim to have reached tarp guru status quite yet, but we’ve picked up a few tricks of the trade over the years with our Rig tarps, and we thought it would only be fair to share them with you.

So, without further ado, here are our favourite configurations from the limitless world of tarp. Click the images for detailed instructions.

Continuous Ridge Line

Continuous Ridge Line

Why we like it

A classic: super simple if you have a tarp with riser attachment points, uses minimal hardware, and fits nicely over a hammock!

The Reflect Wedge

The Reflect Wedge

Why we like it

Ideal for bike packing: it’s quick and easy to setup, requiring little equipment, a small area, and no natural features.  It provides wind shelter from two directions and you can light your stove just outside.

Buried Sand Bags

Buried Sand Bags

Why we like it

Stay cool on the beach, peg-free!

Kayak Bivvy

Kayak Bivvy

Why we like it

Minimal extra equipment needed: uses the Rig tarp’s stuff sack.

Van Attachment

Van Attachment

Why we like it

Simple trick for extending your living area and creating a quick shelter, awning, or changing room.

Got a favourite tarp configuration that we’ve missed? Send us your photos!

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