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We put the Moonshadow camp tarp to the test on a wild camping trip

jack wolfskin moonshadow tarp
Overall Score
A tad heavy

Looking at the specs for this tarp we find it strange that Jack Wolfskin call it a 'sun tent'. With a 4000mm hydrostatic head and sealed main seam this tarp is a great shelter in the rain, which seems much more common in the UK anyway!

Knowing that we were camping in the woods we opted not to take the poles for the Moonshadow which are an alarming 1m long and would be a push to take unless you were transporting your gear in a car. You could of course opt to use walking poles in place of the supplied poles if you happen to have them with you.

Assuming you have trees around you, setting the tarp up is easy with the guylines and pegs provided giving you a multitude of options for pulling the material taught once you have your main line set.

The guying points took a bit of abuse and showed no signs of giving in, in fact the overall quality of the kit is good. The material is a fairly heavyweight 75D polyester so that's durable too, which is definitely something you need in a communal/camp tarp but it does make the Moonshadow a bit hefty at 1,400g.

The generous 4m x 4m size gives you plenty of scope for setting up a dry communal area, and we chose to use it in this format in the evening and then as a shelter for two hammocks at night. It could easily provide enough shelter for another hammock or for four bodies on the floor.

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