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Deschutes Plus Ultralight Backpacking Tarp

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16 OZ – 450 G SOLO TARP – USES ONE 49” POLE

The Deschutes Plus is the ultimate tarp shelter – go light, go fast, go bug-free.

The Deschutes Plus carries all the promises of a no-frills tarp with the added benefit of a No-See-Um skirt. So you can leave your bug net at home and still not suffer – and you only gain 3 ounces. The pyramid-style design is incredibly stable providing 360° protection in some of the most extreme conditions. The Deschutes Plus gives any hiker the freedom to move fast and light and sleep in bug-free comfort.

*To completely repel water, shelters need to have sealer applied to the seams before use.
*Shelters including a seam sealing service may not ship immediately.

Description

The Deschutes shelter provides 44 sq. ft. of protection and is easily set up with one trekking pole to a maximum height of 49 inches. This allows plenty of room to sit up without feeling tight.**

The tiny footprint allows you to pitch this tarp in even the most precarious spots. That means you can nest yourself among a dense forest of trees.

With the added net skirt, you have one less annoyance to deal with at the end of a high mile day. The generous 18-inch width still allows you the flexibility to set up the shelter at different heights.

And on bugless nights, throw open the large entry for some extra ventilation and an evening of stargazing.

  • Constructed from tough but light 20D Silicone Nylon and 20D No-See-Um netting.
  • Pyramid design is extremely effective at shedding wind from all directions.
  • Side entry for your convenience.
  • One trekking pole setup allows you to vary the height depending on weather conditions.
  • 44 sq. ft. of living space with a peak height of 49 inches – a surprising amount of space-to-weight ratio.
  • Easy to pitch with just one adjustable trekking pole and six stakes*.

Features

  • Zippered Entry for easier entry and exit.
  • Easy Tension Adjustment so you can keep the tent taut from the comfort of your sleeping bag.
  • Full 18" No-See-Um Skirt allows you to set up the shelter at different heights and still have excellent bug protection.
  • Top Vent to reduce condensation.
  • Single Pole Setup, with hexagonal shape provides maximum protection at minimum weight.
  • 360° Weather Protection
  • Pairs Easily with the Serenity NetTent to really keep the bugs at bay.
  • Easy Setup
  • FAQ

    I'm over 6'. Will I fit? There are many factors that determine if you'll be comfortable using the Deschutes. It depends upon the height of the setup, the depth of your sleeping pad and your sleeping style. Take a look at the picture of the Deschutes Tarp with the Serenity NetTent, the Serenity is 84" or 7' long and has vertical end walls of 9". Without the Serenity, the height is 13" at the point where the Serenity would end. Using a thick sleeping mat will compromise internal space and minimize headroom. Also setting up the Deschutes low to the ground will do the same. However, when properly setup, most people will find the Deschutes roomy enough for a good nights sleep.

    What is the recommended Pole Height? The Deschutes Plus Tarp can be set up at different heights. At 40" the Deschutes hugs the ground providing maximum protection. The Deschutes can accommodate a variable height of between 45" to 49" depending upon conditions and your personal preferences. For maximum interior space or when using the Serenity NetTent, set your pole to 49". In most cases, you'll want to angle your pole so the bottom of it is inside the vestibule area. This helps to maximize the sleeping area.


    Specifications

    GeneralS

    Seasons
    Sleeps
    Ships With
    Pack Size
    Weight1
    Stakes
    Colors
    3
    1
    Tarp, Stuff Sacks, Guy lines
    15" X 6"
    16 oz - 450 g
    6 (sold separately)
    Gray

     

    DESIGN

    Type
    Frame
    Entry
    Coverage

    Tarp
    Single 49" Pole (sold separately)
    Side Entry
    44 ft2 - 4 m2

    MATERIALS

    Canopy

    Netting
    Zipper

    20D Silicone Coated Nylon
    3,000mm Rating
    Ultralight 20D No-See-Um
    #3 YKK

    Video

    Deschutes Plus Overview

    By: Six Moon Designs
    Published: 8/25/2021

    User Video

    Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus Tarp - First Impressions

    By: Jacob Ziech
    Published: 4/2/2016

    Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus Tarp
    Setup and Initial Impressions

    By: ChrisGoesOutdoors
    Published: 8/1/2016

    Deschutes Plus Tarp
    Minimal Camping, Lightweight Backpacking

    By: Shingo Inoue
    Published: 10/16/2016

    NOTES:
    1. Weight does not include stakes or pole.

    *Support poles and stakes sold separately.

    *Set-up instructions can be downloaded here.

    **Individuals over 6’ may have limited headroom depending on sleeping pad height and other factors. Review dimensions to determine whether this shelter meets your height needs.

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    Hannah
    LOVE the features, weight, design

    I got into ultralight backpacking about two years ago (almost 20 yrs backpacking though). I started with a real simple/lightweight tarp (Rab Siltarp 1 Person). For me the "extra" 8 ounces of the Deschutes plus is WELL WORTH the added space, bug protection, and rain resistance. And I can still fit everything for 3 days in a daypack. I honestly can't believe they made something so comfortable and versatile for a pound.

    I love it for solo trips, the independence, and how easily it blends in with boulders/the forest. I feel like I could live out of it all season, versus be "kept alive" by it in a rainstorm. Not knocking the Rab--it is definitely lighter and sufficient, but for me I'll take 8 more ounces to have a home on the trail and be able to escape black fly season. I've pitched this in some real awkward, uneven places too and the different tension lines made it possible.

    In a pinch I could probably squeeze a second person in with me, but not in a comfortable way. Any chance of a two person design like this with the bug skirt?

    FYI: with both I use lightweight Tyvek. If you're going to be somewhere with sharp ground you might want to upgrade to a thicker floor, but... do you want to camp somewhere sharp??

    10/10!