Hammock Gear Quest Tarp 2020 Review by The Good Ride
The Quest Tarp from Hammock Gear is a waterproof, windproof, and tear resistant tarp that could work with a ground set up, or a hammock system.
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How This Review Happened: We were sent this for and extended demo.
Weight: I tried the 11ft tarp which was 11.38 Ounces.
The 12ft tarp weighs 12.64 Ounces.
Ridgeline Length: 132 inches (11 ft) or 144 inches (12 ft)
Width: 114 inches (9.6 ft)
Tie outs: 4 perimeter and 2 ridgeline
Weight: 11.38 ounces (11 ft) or 12.64 ounces (12 ft)
Packability: Packing away the Quest Tarp without the mesh tarp sleeve is quite challenging. The Sil-Poly material is slippery and slides all over the place, and it catches air that you can’t pass through the fabric. It is possible but it took me quite a while to get the whole tarp in the stuff sack. I preferred packing it with the tarp inside the mesh sleeve, which made it much easier.
Durability: The Quest Tarp is made out of Sil-Poly. Which is a polyester fabric impregnated with silicone. (Now I know why it was so difficult to pack away) It is a rip-stop and waterproof fabric that feels really nice, and seems very durable.
Functionality: The no knot system with titanium clips are very easy to use and easy to remove as well. The tarp tensions out nicely with the 4 perimeter tie outs too.
I tested this with a hose since there was no rain to be seen. And ran a normal shower spray over the tarp for quite a while. There were no spots where the water passed through. Then I put the hose on a jet spray and sprayed it directly at the tarp, and still no water passing to the other side. Next, I put pressure on the inside of the tarp while the jet sprayed at the same time. This took about 3 minutes before the inside started to show signs of moisture. I would feel confident using this tarp in a storm. And it seemed to hold up well in wind too.
Overall: I like the quality of the Quest Tarp, and love the no knot system of the ridge line and the 4 stake tie outs. The Quest Tarp was very waterproof, is light-weight, and packs down to a small size. Using this tarp with a hammock creates a great shelter from any type of weather you might encounter. It is a little challenging to pack away without the mesh tarp sleeve, but it is doable.
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