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Deschutes Plus

16 oz Deschutes Tarp w/ Netting Skirt
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The Deschutes and Deschutes Plus are lean, mean, no frills, down and dirty shelters for ultralight hikers on the move. They pack so small and light they might literally get lost in your pack. Yet they are large enough for a comfortable night’s rest without the claustrophobia of a small tarp. With full 360 degree protection there’s no need to carry an additional bivy.

The Deschutes Shelters have 44 ft2 of coverage and setup height of 49”. Inside you have plenty of room to sit up and the extra room lets you spread out your gear. The full length vestibule zipper makes for easy entry. The single pole pyramid structure is easy to setup and sheds winds under the harshest storms.

The Deschutes Plus’ has the benefit of a No-See-Um skirt perimeter that eliminates the need to carry a bug net to keep away those pesky mosquitoes. The skirt’s generous 18 inch width allows you flexibility in setting up the shelter at different heights.


I'm over 6', will I fit? The answer is depends? There are many factors that determine if you'll be comfortable using the Deschutes. It depends upon the height of the setup, the depth of your sleeping pad and your sleeping style. Take a look at the picture of the Deschutes Tarp with the Serenity NetTent, the Serenity is 84" or 7' long and has vertical end walls of 9". Without the Serenity the height it 13" at the point where the Serenity would end. Using a thick sleeping mat will compromise internal space and minimize headroom. Also setting up the Deschutes low to the ground will do the same. However, properly setup, most people will find the Deschutes more than roomy enough for a good nights sleep.

What is the recommended Pole Height? The Deschutes Plus Tarp  can be setup at different heights. At 40" the Deschutes hugs the ground providing maximum protection. The Deschutes can accommodate a variable height of between 45" to 49 depending upon conditions and your personal preferences. For maximum interior space or using the Serenity NetTent, set your pole to 49". In most cases you'll want to angle your pole so the bottom is inside the vestibule area. This helps to maximize the sleeping area.

  • Zippered Entry
  • Easy Tension Adjustment
  • Full 18" No-See-Um Skirt allows you to setup the shelter at different height and still have excellent bug protection.
  • High Vent provides for moisture to escape to minimize condensation.
  • Single Pole Setup with hexagonal shape provides maximum protection at minimum weight
  • Easy Setup
Additional Info

Hang Tag (PDF)
Data Sheet (PDF)

General    Structure
Ships With
Pack Size
Tent, Stuff Sack, Guylines
15" X 6"
16 oz. - 450g  
Ultralight Backpacking
Single Pole
Side Entry
44 ft2 - 4 m2
Materials   Notes
30D Silicon Nylon
Ultralight 20D No-See-Um
#3 YKK
  1. Weight does not include stakes or pole.
  2. Stakes not included.


The Deschutes Shelters have 44 ft2 of coverage and setup height of 49”. Inside you have plenty of room to sit up and the extra room lets you spread out your gear. The full length vestibule zipper makes for easy entry. The single pole pyramid structure is easy to setup and sheds winds under the harshest storms.

Customer Reviews:

jeffwallen  (Wednesday, 27 January 2016)
Rating: 5
I love this 1 pound tarp. It's huge, and it's 99.999% bug free with the netting and a ground sheet. I wish it was available in cuben fiber, I'd start saving now. Somebody needs to put this on youtube 'cause I could not find any videos of it anywhere. Great product! thanks, ja.

arkansasredneck2  (Tuesday, 11 March 2014)
Rating: 4
Excellent ultralight tarp tent with bug netting built in. Doesn't keep out the crawling bugs and a groundcloth is a must. I prefer hanging it from above with the no pole technique as I move around a lot at night and have knocked the shelter down on top of myself many times when using the pole. I made a video review of this tarp tent you can find here

nathanrainer  (Wednesday, 21 September 2011)
Rating: 4
I used this tarp for my entire 2011 PCT thru-hike. Only set it up about seven times in california, but used it every single night in Oregon and Washington for wind, rain and bug, protection. Overall I was very happy with this tarp. Was tricky to set up at first but practice made perfect. It kept me dry, did well in the wind and kept out the mosquitos (I made good friends with the ants) My only real complaint would be that the footprint is rather large. Anyone buying a tarp should already understand the risks of not having a freestanding tent so I wont go into that. I did set it up on snow once, and with rocks once. Neither were desirable camping but it worked good enough. This tent was much better for setting up in the rain than my other free standing tent because I could put my pack down and just throw the tarp over it and set it up without getting anything dry. rnrn-Rainer

mrkskynar  (Tuesday, 07 September 2010)
Rating: 5
Everything worked great. I would prefer if the length of guy-line was increased. I cut the line into six pieces for each stake and it worked well, but would like a little more. Stayed dry in a rain storm despite not having a floor. I would like a tie down feature on the left side flap, like the right side door opening when roof is tied to a tree branch, so that the door can be 2x wide as an option.

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