The 10 Best Tarps

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This wiki has been updated 19 times since it was first published in May of 2018. Even if it's nothing more than a simple sheet of fabric, the right barrier can prevent messes, keep moisture at bay, and protect people and possessions from the elements. So whether you're setting up camp, painting a house, or shading a patio, one of these high-quality tarps is sure to fit your budget as well as your plans. The right one can even last for years of regular use. When users buy our independently chosen editorial choices, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Watershed Canvas

2. Watershed HydraTarp

3. Terra Hiker

Editor's Notes

September 25, 2019:

There's a massive list of uses for a good tarp. If you're heading out on a camping trip, the classic Grizzly Blue or the Amazon Basics are both inexpensive and reliable options for tent ground cloths or budget-friendly protection from the elements; if you're on a wilderness trip and want something a little more high-quality for sleeping under, the Free Soldier and Terra Hiker are both worthy of consideration. For outdoor use without 100% sun protection, the Shade Sail is an interesting choice, though it doesn't protect very well against rain.

If you're looking for something that will help you get work done, there are choices for you no matter what your task. The ABN Drop Cloth is one of the best options for painting thanks to its light weight and low price, while the Dry Top and Watershed HydraTarp are both excellent at protecting your outdoor equipment from the elements. The Watershed is particularly nice because of its UV-resistant white finish that helps minimize the temperature underneath it.

And in case you want to invest in something that will last for many years without breaking down, we've highlighted some super-high-quality canvas tarps that should do just that. The top-of-the-line Watershed is a durable option with well-reinforced corners and the Tarp Nation, while a bit stinky at first, is one of the highest-quality, strongest, and hardest-working pieces of cloth on the market.

4. Grizzly Blue

5. ABN Drop Cloth

6. Tarp Nation Reinforced

7. Dry Top Heavy Duty

8. Free Soldier

9. Shade Sail

10. Amazon Basics

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