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.
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*.
Tarp, Stuff Sacks, Guy lines
15" X 6"
16 oz - 450 g
6 (sold separately)
Single 49" Pole (sold separately)
44 ft2 - 4 m2
|20D Silicone Coated Nylon
Ultralight 20D No-See-Um
Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus Tarp - First ImpressionsBy: Jacob Ziech
Six Moon Designs Deschutes Plus Tarp
Deschutes Plus Tarp
By: Shingo Inoue
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.
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??