A large, ultra lightweight tarp that allows you to use it in a variety of ways. The Onyx provides a range of shelter options to get you comfortable and protected from the elements with the super light Dyneema fabric cutting weight to a minimum.
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Crazylight minimalist tarp featuring an Easton® carbon-fiber poles and Dyneema® Composite Fabrics.
If your goal for shelter is to have a high performance, ultra-technical, ghostly lightweight tarp, then the Onyx Carbon with Dyneema® is your best choice. With a 6oz trail weight made up of Dyneema® Composite Fabrics (an extremely strong and dynamic fiber)--that is also 100% rainproof and highly tear resistant--this tarp is the perfect shelter for bikepackers, packrafters, and ultralight backpackers needing overhead coverage to the lightest degree. These products are intended for only the most advanced user. Although extremely strong for their weight, this tarp is not indestructible and requires careful use to decrease the possibility of damage. Special care during setup and extended trips is important as rough handling, long-term abrasion, exposure to sharp objects or rocky campsite selection may result in fabric punctures and tears. Self-adhesive repair patches are included in the event that repairs must be made on the trail.
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Big Agnes' Onyx Tarp Carbon with Dyneema uses super light and amazingly strong Dyneema fabric. It comes with pegs, guylines, a stuff sack and pole. As with any tarp, once you have worked out how best to use it to suit your needs with numerous guy points, it becomes a vital peice of kit. Since this version of the Onyx is so light and provides such good coverage it is a great shelter option no matter what you are doing.
The inclusion of the Easton carbon fibre pole is great as it provides further versatility without adding much weight. Use it instead of a walking pole to support the edge of the tarp or use it in the specially designed tabs on the inside of the tarp to provide more headroom or leave it to save a bit more weight. This tarp is obviously going to appeal to the most weight conscious backpacker who understands the importance of such lightweight kit and sees the benefits of Dyneema.
- Reviewed by Ultralight Outdoor Gear
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