Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp Review

Reinforced guyout points deliver above-average durability, and an optional mesh net enhances protection in buggy areas.
Price $199.00

Specs

Ease of Setup 3 / 5
Weatherproofing 4 / 5
Ventilation 5 / 5
Living Space 5 / 5
Durability 5 / 5
Materials Seam sealed waterproof 15D Ultra-Sil® Nano fabric, our 15 Denier Sil/PU coated 1,200mm water-head rated Nylon.
Shape Other
Free Standing
Single Wall
Capacity 2
Number of Poles 0

 

Diameter of Poles (mm) 1
Floor Space (sq ft) 0.5
Tarp
Length (inches) 120
Width (inches) 120
Interior Height (inches) 0.5
Vestibule Type none
Vestibule Front Area (sq ft) 0.5
Vestibule Back Area (sq ft) 0.5
Weight 12 oz

[best for bugs]

Why we like it Reinforced guyout points deliver above-average durability, and an optional mesh net enhances protection in buggy areas.

Protection Eight stake points make the seam-sealed Escapist more wind-resistant than most tarps; powerful gusts along Idaho’s Salmon River didn’t cause it to flap or collapse.

Livability
Three could sleep fully sheltered beneath the tarp alone, and the mesh bug tent (sold separately: $79, 5 oz.) felt roomy for two. Testers reported outstanding ventilation when using the bug shelter (in temps up to 85°F). A foot or more of air space between the tarp and netting ensures ample airflow and prevents condensation.

Fave feature
No soggy outings required: All guyouts can be adjusted from under cover because tensioners are on the tarp—not stake—ends of the guyline.

Bummer Even our tarp devotee found setup “fussy” given the eight stakes (and two trekking poles) required to pitch the tarp alone; using the bug tent requires four additional stakes. $199; 12 oz.; seatosummit .com