How to Choose Quality Tarps
Not all tarps are created equal. Some tarp manufacturers create tarps for low cost, sacrificing quality along the way. However, when bad weather strikes, you want the highest quality tarp possible protecting you from wind, rain, and dew. You don’t want to be caught out in the rain on a week-long camping trip just because you purchased a low-quality tarp with inadequate protection. Use these helpful tips to help you avoid cheap tarps and choose a high quality tarp that will last for years and withstand any weather conditions.
Material: Cheap plastic is not good enough for a high-quality tarp. Look for nylon, or canvas coated in silicone to protect you from rain and other bad weather. Plastic tarps will tear easily, and will also crack after exposure to intense sunlight.
Grommets: Inspect the connection area of the tarp. If your tarp does not have metal grommets, then it will not stand up to abuse. Metal grommets will withstand even the highest gusts of wind, while your rope may cut through a tarp that does not use grommets.
Size: A small tarp might work for some uses, but it is best to purchase a larger tarp than you think you might need. A larger tarp can act as a tent in a pinch, and will also cover items during travel, protecting them from wind, rain, dirt, and road grease.
Stitching: Look for thick, quality stitching around all seams of your tarp. The seams should be reinforced with silicone, to create a waterproof seal along every seam. Fabric thread is better than plastic, because plastic threads can break easily, leaving a large hole in your tarp when you need it most.
If you follow the above tips, you will avoid the pitfalls of cheaper, less quality tarps made by cheap tarp manufacturers and will ensure that your tarp will be up for any task you give it