I have just set up the Kelty Upslope tarp. This is an a frame style tarp shelter ideal for light weight back packing or someone who is just looking for a fast set up tarp. As you can see, we have it set up with trekking poles, so, you know, that is the way it is set up. Trekking poles are obviously sold separately, but it sets up easily with two trekking poles. It is perfect for a back packer, enough space for two people in there. And we are going to take a closer look at some of the other features.
So some of the features, this tarp weighs in right at one pound 12 ounces. That does not include the trekking poles, but it does include all the guide out lines and all of the stakes. So pretty light weight and very packable.
The fabric here is a 40D shell nylon, so, you know, it is definitely going to shed the rain. If you notice, you don’t have a floor and obviously you don’t have side walls. So it is not going to hold up to the heaviest of storms, but it is definitely going to shed a light rain really well, so a great, you know, a great tarp for, again, that light rain or just sun protection.
But, as you can see, the peak height is pretty high here and certainly enough room inside of here for at least two back packers or two campers. If you are just kind of hanging out inside of it, I can see a lot more people just being able to sit in there if you need just an emergency shelter, you know, to wait out the rain or something like that. But other than that, I mean, setting it up, you do need two trekking poles. And basically what Kelty recommends is you... there is two grommets right here at the peak. So there is one on this side, one on the other side. The trekking poles need to be set right at 120 centimeters, so, you know, that is a pretty standard height and most trekking poles will be able to accommodate that. And the bottom or the handle of the trekking pole is in the ground or on top of the ground and the tip is actually through this grommet. So basically the first thing I did, I spread out the tarp on the ground, set the trekking pole to 125 centimeters and then there is two guide out points right here. They are kind of hard to see, but there is one that goes off to either side. So I made sure the trekking pole was at the right height, staked these two into the ground. And at that point, you know, it is not secure. My, you know, my first fear with this shelter was that it wasn’t going to be super secure once it is set up. But once all the guide out points are set up, it is, you know, it is a pretty secure shelter here. So the second thing I did I set up the other side with the trekking pole the same way and then, basically, we had either side hanging down. That way you are able to stake out the other four corners in the exact spot that you want them to be.
These guide out points are pretty easy to use. You know, once you stake it out, you can tighten and loosen, you can make adjustments as you go.
There are printed instructions that come with the upslope tarp. So, you know, it definitely gives you an easy step by step method on how to set it up the first time. But once you set it up and you get the hang of it, it is pretty simple from there.
Again, excellent, multi use tarp style shelter by Kelty. It is the Upslope tarp.
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