Chinook Guide – Bushcraft Tarp
Most backpackers, campers, and bushcrafters pack tarps for the tremendous utility they provide. They’re available in an endless variety of colors, materials, sizes, configurations, and of course prices. Consistent with my “mil-spec” approach, I favor the Chinook Guide for my bushcraft tarp.
Chinook Tarp – Features
The Chinook is really the ultimate in value for a bushcraft tarp. At this price point, you won’t find another tarp as lightweight, waterproof, or durable. I’ve had mine for a few years now and it has been used with my hammock and as a ground cloth without any rips or tears. Furthermore, it is quite waterproof. Its been pitched for days of torrential downpour high in mountains of Colorado keeping me bone dry underneath. Also the added UV-resistance treatment must work well, because I have yet to notice any fading.
With plenty of tie-outs, it can be pitched in an endless number of configurations. However not all attachment points are loops, instead, about half are metal grommets. Not ideal, but not a deal breaker either. All critical points, like the four corners and the ridgeline tie-outs are loops. These critical points are reinforced wonderfully, and the grommets are punched through double material for additional strength. You can always add and reinforce some loops over the metal grommets if you’d like.
As far as dimensions, weight, and pack size are concerned; the Chinook is a little bulky. It comes in a few sizes, but the most common is 12 x 9.6 feet. At this size you’re large enough to accommodate a few people underneath. Alternatively, I like to create a little tarp tent over my hammock by hanging low to the ground and completely enclosing all four sides. Although it is on the heavy side, but you get very durable material and a large coverage area. It’s a pretty fair compromise if you ask me. Nevertheless, I can compress it down to about the size of a football in a stuff sack.
- Dimensions: 12 x 9.6 feet
- Weight: 1.81 pounds
- Material: polyester ripstop tafetta
- Waterproofing: 2000mm polyurethane with UV-resistance treatment
- Seams: Fully taped and waterproofed
- Attachment points: 7 nylon loops, 4 metal grommets