Lightweight convenience for ultralight backpackers and tent campers.

Weighing a little over one pound, the Kelty Upslope Tarp increases your comfort whether you're camping or backpacking. This tarp can pitch as a lean-to shelter with your own trekking poles for ultralight backpacking trips, or it can attach to Kelty TraiLogic TN tents to extend its vestibule coverage or set up an awning in bad weather. Its sil-nylon ripstop fabric is surprisingly durable for how little it weighs, and a PU coating offers excellent water-resistance to help keep you dry in rainy conditions. Guyline storage pockets and adjustable stake loops make setting up and packing up as simple and quick as can be.  

  • Sil-nylon ripstop tarp with PU coating
  • Trekking pole pitch (sole separately)
  • Guyline storage pockets
  • Adjustable stake loops
  • Reviews
  • Q & A

side measurement

Short by 4" vs published specs

side measurement

The commenting interface is giving me fits. 3rd attempt:
Pros: Seems well-made, good tie-outs, easy to adjust, great price, nice color, stake bag included.
Cons: shorter side than advertised (64" not 68"). The 78" ground side is correct. Tarp has a smell. I hope it's not the PU coating hydrolyzing. Seems short for a ground tarp, just 78" long as far as full coverage in A-frame mode. The ridgeline is 128" however, so on average there's some extra coverage if you're centered. Don't know about coverage if 2 are under it, though. Just long enough for an 11' hammock, probably want the tarp fairly low if it rains, because a little wind + hex cut = blown in rain if the tarp is well above the hammock. Stuff sack is relatively small - you must fold and roll just right to get tarp back in it, even without stakes.

Has anyone used this in the rain? Looks pretty thin so I'm wondering about the "excellent water resistance" it claims to have...

Best Answer

I havent used this tarp in the rain but, I have used thinner Sil-Tarps. They will keep you dry to an extent. The water will come from the ground if its really raining, or the water will run down the tarp and soak around the tarp. If you can get completely underneath the tarp should keep you dry. I like mine in the snow more as its easier to manage a solid than a liquid.