Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Become a Member

Get access to more than 30 brands, premium video, exclusive content, events, mapping, and more.

Already have an account? Sign In

Brands

1-Person Tent Reviews

Sea to Summit Escapist Tarp Review

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

Brand: Sea to Summit

Model: Escapist

Overall Score: 4 / 5



Specs

Weight

12oz.

[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

When you buy something using the retail links in our stories, we may earn a small commission. We do not accept money for editorial gear reviews. Read more about our policy.