Bushcraft Outfitters 5' x 8' Multipurpose Emergency-Survival Tarp.
While useful as a stand-alone item, the MEST™ can also compliment one of our tarps or an existing shelter system you currently have. The silnylon MEST™ can be used as an emergency shelter, improvised pack cover, improvised litter, etc.
Sil/PU (silicone/polyurethane) double coated 1.1 oz ripstop nylon (silnylon). This fabric is coated with a sil/PU layer on each side and is non-breathable. Lightweight and durable with some of the best waterproof/windproof performance on the market.
- Silnylon 1.1 oz.
- Tabs: 10 perimeter
- Size: 5' x 8'
- Weight: 6 oz
- Packaged dimensions 6"x6"x1"
Many people choose not to seam seal their tarps but for the maximum level of waterproofing we recommend any tarp be treated along the center seam. The recommended sealer for this tarp is our silnylon sealant found on the line/shelter accessories page. You simply apply a small amount of sealant to a gloved finger and spread a thin even coat along the center seam being sure to cover all of the exposed threads/folds in the fabric and let stand overnight to dry. This works best when you seal the outside layer of the tarp and should be done with the seam under mild tension such as when the tarp is in an A-frame configuration.
Made in the USA.
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I have an 8x10 version of this and liked it so much I ordered the smaller 5 x 8 version. Super versatile. Spend the extra and get the silicone-coated version; it's worth it. Much better water repellency.
I'm very happy with the MEST tarp. 5'x8' and 6 oz. is the perfect size and weight to throw in my day pack and have ready for any conditions. It's big enough to offer short-term coverage from rain, sun, or wind. There are enough tie-outs for many useful configurations. It would also be usable for camping in mild conditions; it would pair well with my Borah Gear bivy. Very pleased to add this to my kit.