Tents vs. Tarps for BOB
- November 4, 2017 at 7:33 pm #15416
So what so you think? Tents or tarps?November 5, 2017 at 10:23 pm #15450
Tarps are milti-purpose, but the mylar tents are very compact and will hold body heat better. Get a bigger BOB and have both!?November 6, 2017 at 2:30 am #15451
Good one!November 9, 2017 at 1:08 pm #15552
I have to go along with oliver’s recommendation to have both, remember “2 is 1, 1 is none”.
The tarp is multipurpose for sure but a tent offers sheltering capabilities that are more difficult with tarps, namely wind and rain protection. Modern tents are light, compact, and nearly effortless to assemble. Dome tents are great for wind as they are not directionality dependent and if you get one with vestibule, slam dunk!
Now, the tarp can be used for ground cover to prevent percolation or as additional “roof” in case of snow. Of course, depending on urgency, the tarp can be instant cover. A consideration is carry tarps of different sizes and thickness, a little more to carry but worth it. One negative to tarp for shelter (versus tent), the need to tether if not used as immediate/urgent protection.November 26, 2017 at 1:52 pm #16036
If you dont know about/have one already, I highly recommend an Army surplus Bivy sack. They are gortex sleeping bags essentially. Better than a tarp because you can crawl in and zip it up, and alot faster than a tent to put into action.November 28, 2017 at 2:53 am #16045
I carry a 1-man tent and a bivy bag, the tent for “outside”, the bivy for in a cave or other semi-shelter, sometimes in the tent as well when it’s cold. Total weight about 2kgs (4.5lbs), weight is VERY important but I think adding a tarp would be a good idea.
December 18, 2017 at 9:30 pm #16123
- This reply was modified 6 months ago by Graynomad.
Carry more in winter to prevent hypothermia which can incapacitate or kill. Tarp, black came netting, flannel blanket, thermal top/ bottom, layers for tops, watch cap.This works in my car during commutes for business. But also I carry wire cutters. SHTF may present a danger to be on the roadside . Wire cutters allow me to drive of the shoulder into the orchards and vineyards and fields where I travel.
Of course emergency rations and a 3 day pack for GHB.
Food: 3 day energy bar, 3 cans beans, chicken, pineapple or peaches,1 can beef and condensed milk, Gum, evaporated milk, 1 chocolate bar, ketchup , fork, P-40 can opener, 3 liters water and a couple of one gallons if it is summer and commuting more than 75 miles each way. Naturally first aid kit which is expanded from my years as a medic and being in the healthcare industry for over 45 years.
If traveling in a city you can substitute a suitcase on wheels since it is easier to pull weight than to carry it.
Yes I carry a knife, .40 or .45 depending and 50 rounds. A baseball cap, field hat, sunglasses, crow bar and facet handle plus flashlights. Some times a 5 gallon jerry can of gas if working in a BAD AREA where I might be out late and would be highly visible at bad area gas stations. Super siphon is great .
Get Home is BEST. My decades of commuting lead me to this decision. Plus you can fight better on your own turf.
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