If you're a minimalist or simply prefer enjoying the open air on camping trips, a tarp can provide a functional and lightweight form of shelter. However, it also leaves you open to cross-breeze and insect pests. On the other hand, a tent provides a more secure enclosed shelter, but at the expense of weight and complexity. Many tents bridge this gap by including a small covered vestibule for stashing boots or gear outside the tent, but these areas are generally too small for any other purpose.

Snow Peak Entry Pack Tent Tarp shelter weather camping backpacking hiking 5

Snow Peak has released a new-for-2018 tent and tarp pack that combines the advantages of an open-air tarp with an enclosed sleeping area. The Snow Peak Entry Pack Tent & Tarp includes a four-person tent and entry-level tarp, plus all the poles, guy lines, and stakes you'll need to set them up.

The tent is made of 75D polyester with water-resistant polyurethane, teflon, and UV coatings. The tarp is made from heavier 210D polyester with the same coatings, and overlaps the tent's vestibule to create a continuous shelter.

Each component comes with its own carry bag — 24″ x 9″ x 9″ for the tent, 32″ x 7″ x 9″ for the tarp. Total weight for the two is just under 34 pounds (17.4 for the tent, 16.5 for the tarp), so this setup will be better-suited for car camping or setting up a family base camp than for backpacking or bug-out. MSRP for the entire system is $660. For more information on the Snow Peak Entry Pack Tent & Tarp, go to SnowPeak.com.

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