Best fabric for DIY tarp

When you think about tarp is it a simple piece of fabric with rope and few anchor points. Super simple project. What is the fuzz about it?

Tarp is the easiest and the lightest way for campaign. Minimalistic. If you count every gram before you start your tip, tarp will be you best friend. Simple construction brings tarp construction to one key decision – what fabric is best for you. Beside weight there are couple more aspects that should be taken into account: weatherproofness, durability and price. In this article compare for you:

  • Dyneema Composite
  • Polyester-ripstop with Silicon & PU
  • Nylon-ripstop Silicon
  • Polyester-ripstop PU
  • Poliester Silicon

If price is not an issue the choice is easy. Go for DyneemaⓇ. In every way it wins with all other fabrics that are available. It has multiple layers than ale laminated. High tech that you bring to your camping. Light, strong and waterproof. Tarp from Dyneema is a top quality product and easy DIY project.

If you don’t have the budget for high tech Dyneema you can go for polyester with silicon & PU or nylon with silicon. Polyester is less durable but more waterproof. Nylon with silicon has a bit lower waterproofness level but hight durability. In both options we are in 30-40g per square meter weight.

You can also go for plain polyester (ultra light) 30g with silicon & PU. This option is the lightest (Except Dyneema). This is probably the most popular choice of our friends. Satisfying weight comes together with good level of waterproofness. Durablity is not as high as with ripstop but just fine for tarp. If you are not into extreme weather condition it will do just fine.

The last and actually least is a polyester 300D. 135gsm weight makes it a great fabric for trap but it doesn’t fit in ultra light segment. It is almost unbreakable. On or client even described it will survive a rain of animals. Jokes aside it is great fabric for tarps but not the lightest one.