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PostPosted: Sun Feb 26, 2017 1:08 am 
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Based on the marketing copy and product description, I'd say it's good for UV protection but not necessarily for rain. If your AO is the high desert, this might fit the bill. Otherwise, I'd advise to keep looking, the attractive price not withstanding.

UST makes a product called the HEX Tarp. I've used this in heavy snow and it's proven to be a good product for the price. But it is small.

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One missing data point is weight. Polyester can be water repellent to a point, it might take a water repellent treatment.

Is color an issue? What is the purpose?

If you live close to an ikea it might be worth laying hands on the item for a closer look.

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Typically no mention of a coating or DWR is indicative of no coating or DWR.

I cannot imagine the hassle and poor results of drying to DIY this into a functional tarp would be less then the minute increase in cost of buying a real tarp.

Polyester is typically much weaker then nylon, and I doubt this was made with tight pitching in mind, so I wouldn't be optimistic about its longevity. I don't know if the listed weight includes the cordage and snaphooks, but it isn't promising either.

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Product is labeled and sold as "Sun and Wind" protection. Gonna be a wet night sleeping under this.

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It would be easier to just pick up a poly tarp
you still get the UV protection ( opaque fabric does that) with bonus water protection
as for weight...well I'm guessing it would weight at least the same as a silpoly hiking tarp and as much as a cheap poly tarp

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