- Only in-stock models are available for purchase currently. We add more hammock inventory in weekly. If you make a complete selection of an out-of-stock item, checking all boxes including color, suspension etc, you should see a blue box down below the add-to-cart button that allows you to enter an email address for an email notification when that color/model is added back to inventory. If every color within a variation are out of stock, then the box may not appear unfortunately and you’d have to just check back, but using the email notice is the best option if you are able. We recommend signing up for a couple different color choices to ensure faster notification.
We’re happy to introduce the MiniFly as one of our newest tarp designs. This ultralight tarp is available in camo and eight other colors. It is built for those that want the simplicity and convenience of a standard hex tarp but with extra end-coverage when the weather gets nasty.
We’ve taken the standard hex tarp and given it major end-coverage that can be deployed as needed by adding a split-beak (small doors) to the ends that can be clipped together and deployed with a single guyline to add a significant amount of end protection right where you need it (higher up near the ends of the hammock where a standard hex shape offers the least coverage). When the weather is nice these small doors simply stay clipped back and out of the way until you need to deploy them. Once deployed, they protect the hammock from windblown rain coming in from the ends of the tarp.
Available in green or brown in either 20d polyester or 30d nylon, or in 30d polyester Bushwack camo for this ultralight tarp.
Looking for slightly more coverage with panel-pulls? Check out our ThunderFly tarp model, it’s 12″ wider, the doors come down 6″ farther and it has 4 panel-pulls.
We are currently offering ultralight tarps in both Polyester and Nylon options (camo print available in Polyester ONLY). The Polyester fabric is more stretch resistant and has lower water absorption, while the Nylon is a stronger more durable fabric. Both are good options, weights are similar for each. Both fabrics have a minimum 2000mm hydrostatic head waterproof rating.
Be sure to check out the extra options and modifications available in our Custom Tarp Builder section.
- 2 ridgeline tieouts
- 4 main ground corner tieouts
- 4 door tieouts
- Stuff Sac
NOTE: “tieouts” refers to the guyline attachment points, not the guyline itself which is not included. Tent stakes and guyline sold separately in our accessories section.
Recommended Items (not included)
- (2-8) TarpTicks
- Minimum of (6) Tent Stakes
- (1) Spool of 100′ Guyline
- (2) Micro Carabiners for door management
20D 2000mm NeverMist™ Silpoly: 11.75oz
30D 2000mm NeverMist™ Silpoly: 13.0oz
So on an 11′ end-gathered style hammock, an 11′ ultralight tarp in camo or other colors will give more coverage down low than 13′ would. But on our Ridgerunner bridge hammock, there is no ridgeline and the hammock is usually hung a little flatter…so you can get a 13′ tarp to come down for sufficient side coverage. The 13′ also allows the doors to fully shut on the Ridgerunner, the shorter 11′ tarp is also appropriate for a Ridgerunner but the apex of the RR’s suspension triangle will poke out between the doors, creating a small opening. Bumping to a 13′ eliminates that issue, but is not necessary… the opening is a narrow vertical slot that is about 3 feet beyond the ends of the hammock fabric. There is a photo of the RR suspension triangle poking through the door slot in the gallery on the Thunderfly page for reference.
The MiniFly and ThunderFly are both good lightweight 3-season ultralight tarp options that come in camo and 8 other colors. You also can add our Underquilt Protector to the bottom of your XLC/Eldorado and turn either of these tarps into a solid winter shelter. On their own, both provide good 3 season coverage. For someone looking to go minimal I would recommend the Thunderfly for a true 3 season tarp in the Rockies or Sierra/Cascades where you might actually encounter snow, freezing temps, and high wind in spring and fall, while the Minifly would be more than adequate as a 3-season tarp in anyplace you don’t expect lots of cold wind. The ultralight camo tarp also comes in four different styles so you can blend anywhere. The ThunderFly is simply 12″ wider so offers more windblock (which is more important the colder it is)
The Superfly is our best-selling model because it is our “all season/all weather” ultralight tarp model that comes in camo. The main reason someone might select a different model tarp would be if they want to save pack weight in the warmer months when the Superlfy coverage is overkill for the conditions and weight savings is more desirable. Other than a little extra weight, there is no real downside to using the Superfly in warmer conditions. For information on choosing the right tarp for you, see our Tarps 101 page.
The 30D Silnylon is slightly more durable than 20D Silpoly.
In general nylon has a higher tear and tensile(breaking) strength than the same weight polyester simply because nylon is all-around stronger pound for pound than polyester is. Poly will stretch less (when soaked or otherwise) and it will absorb less water weight.Poly still stretches some, just not as much as nylon. The extra stretch of nylon adds to its strength though, in that it acts as a built-in shock absorber during a heavy wind gust, so with poly stretching less in that situation, in theory the nylon tarp would have a lower wind load due to extra stretch. Silnylon and Silpoly options are available for all Minifly ultralight tarp camo and color options. Check stock for details.
We’ve had excellent long term durability results from our 30d Silnylon.
Ploy is said to have better UV resistance, but don’t think you can treat your tarp any differently than before, we tested a polyester tarp outside for about 2 months and the fabric lost ALOT of strength from the sun exposure, so you still want to avoid things like that regardless of whether your ultralight tarp is poly or nylon, in camo or any other color..
Our 11-foot hammocks have a ridgeline length of 112″ (the body fabric hangs in an arc) so with an 11′ (132″) tarp this gives you 10″ of tarp overlap at each end of the hammock. If the tarp has doors then those doors will be able to shut or overlap enclosing you all the way around. How far down does the tarp come? For any of the color options, including camo, this depends on the ultralight tarp’s width but also how high you hang it up above the hammock, hang it higher and it doesn’t come down as far. Your hammock suspension runs uphill at an angle and the tarp is longer than the hammock, so you can only pitch the tarp so low that it contacts the hammock suspension. So the longer the tarp length the higher you have to pitch it above the ridgeline of the hammock and the more coverage you lose down low. Generally go for the 11′ Fly series tarp with any of our 10′ or 11′ end gathered models like the Blackbird, XLC and Eldorado. This will give max windblock down low near the bottom of the hammock.
All of our ultralight tarp models come with a single-ended stuff sack included, in camo or any of the other 8 colors. Recommended items are listed on each tarp page.
Graham M (verified owner) –
I spent weeks trying to decide what tarp to purchase. Watched countless YouTube videos and found myself deep in Internet forums talking tarps. Ended up going with this minifly and on my first trip out with it we got absolutely smacked by a big storm. 50 mph winds, driving rain, trees falling in the woods around us kind of storm… Scary stuff. This tarp kept me completely dry in my Blackbird XLC hammock. I obviously had it pitched low but even my under quilt stayed dry. If you’re looking for the bare minimum but want the peace of mind that you’re going to make it through bad weather, this tarp checks all the boxes.
Adam (verified owner) –
I love this tarp! It served me well on the SHT this summer through good and stormy weather. It’s so light, I almost don’t notice it in my pack at all. The little doors help so much to keep water out during bad weather.
Chris Reeves (verified owner) –
Took my new minifly out this weekend, in a downpour, it rained hard for 13 hours straight! I had the tarp low and tight, no problem what so ever, bone dry! I had great coverage for my 11’ hammock. I really trust this tarp to keep me and my gear dry, and that’s what you want in a tarp. Great craftsmanship the stitching in clean and straight, reinforced where needed. This is a super product, highly recommended !
Chris (verified owner) –
Good coverage for a VERY light weight tarp. I bought this for my daughter, but I will be stealing it when I go out camping without her.
Scott Shumway (verified owner) –
I purchased the Minifly in olive brown 30d. My first outing with the Minifly was January 2019. I snowshoed in about a mile to a frozen lake and setup the tarp and hammock underneath. As the night wore on, the temperature rose and the snow turned to rain. It rained about two inches that night. Additionally all of the snow that had accumulated in the trees turned into snow bombs which melted and dropped on the fly all night long.
Needless to say, it was a wet and soggy night.
Here’s the kicker, I was dry as a bone in the morning. The Minifly kept me dry through all of that. I didn’t get much sleep as large clumps of snow fell from the trees and pelted the Minifly all night. But it withstood the blunt force trauma and I remained dry.
I love the closed ends which kept the rain from dripping down the suspension lines. My 11” hammock was perfectly dry on both ends.
When I got home, I had to hang dry the Minifly but my hammock and underquilt went right into their bags clean and dry, ready for next weeks adventure.
The Minifly is bulletproof and large enough to keep you dry in inches of rain. It has exceeded my expectations.
Wayne (verified owner) –
Loving my minifly tarp. I purshased the 20D Evergreen and have spent 6 nights under it. 1 night with a steady downpour all night and stayed dry. I only bring 4 stakes and conservative on the guyline length so it feels weightless in my pack. Thinking about purchasing the Eldorado next. All my friends have the Superflys. Great customer service. Thanks.
Joseph (verified owner) –
I have spent three nights under this tarp so far and I am quite happy with it. It’s matched to my Chamaeleon hammock. Combined with its good design, it’s just large enough to get the job done with good coverage. This is my first sil poly tarp, and I’m happy to say, I am pretty happy with the material. I wasn’t sure about the 30D thickness, but after seeing the performance in person, I am glad I went with it. I would rather have a little more strength and solidity in the wind and rain than save a couple ounces. And have I mentioned just how good the camo design is? Holy cow, it smelds right in to the backdrop. Two thumbs up from “Mr Tmax”.