Kelty Noah’s Tarp Shelter

Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter Spread Out on Sand

Anyone who is familiar with camping or survival prepping understands that shelter is going to be one of the first needs that you’ll want to address.

Some people opt for tents while others prefer products like Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter. With this shelter, you can choose between three sizes (9 foot, 12 foot, 16 foot) to suit your personal needs. Let’s see if the tarp can truly be the answer to your backpacking shelter needs.

Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter in Woods


When we think of shelter, we think about tents and enclosures. With Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter, you aren’t getting an enclosure, but you are getting a versatile tarp that can be pitched in a number of different configurations.

So, while you may not have a door or anything to keep wildlife out, you can position it so that it covers your hammock and you still have plenty of cover from the elements.

Another nice feature of this tarp shelter is that it features reinforced nylon webbing pullouts and the grommets in the tarp allows you to use extendable tarp poles if you have them on hand, or you can use the tarp with parachute cord and tie the cord around trees to get a similar effect

What Makes it Different

The feature that makes Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter different than others are all the different reinforced tie down points. These tie down points give you the ability to configure the tarp in a number of ways that other tarps may not allow.

Potential Drawbacks

When looking for possible drawbacks for this tarp shelter, there wasn’t very many to choose from, which is a good thing!

Some customers complained that although the tarp weighs less than two pounds, it isn’t easy to pack up because it is in a lunch-box style tote bag.

Another person pointed out that although the sides all measure the same, the tarp’s diamond shape does limit the amount of usable space. If you wanted to be able to sleep under it, you may want to go for a larger size.


The pricing for the Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter will range between approximately $50 upwards to $130. The price depends on the size of tarp you need. You can choose between 9 feet, 12 feet, or 16 feet.


For the price of Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter, you are getting a strong tarp that is water resistant, it sets up easily, and it has its own tote bag. Although there are some issues with the shape of the tarp, it is still usable and a great option.

Kelty Noah's Tarp Shelter package

Our Rating

4.6 star gold rating

Perhaps if you buy the optional poles, you may be able to configure it in a way that allows you to sleep under it comfortably without having to purchase a larger size.

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