Kelty Noah’s Tarp

We’ve read the reviews across the web for the Kelty Noah’s Tarp and summarize the results below:

Universal Ranking

PeakScore: 90 (out of 100)
User Rating: 4.4 stars 
Expert Rating: 4.6 stars

Number of Ratings Reviewed: 517

Pros & Cons

Reasons to buy:

User Reviews

  • Durable and long-lasting.
  • Provides adequate overhead coverage.
  • Multiple ways to set up.
  • Sufficient in most windy conditions.
  • Reinforced tie-downs for security.
  • The bag it comes in has room for a tarp, 8+ stakes, and cords.
  • The tie tabs are sewn into the tarp to enhance versatility and strength.
  • Velcro corner pockets are ideal for storing guylines.

Expert Reviews

  • Waterproof and wind-resistant.
  • Versatile set up.
  • Multiple tie-down points.
  • Covers a large area.
  • Decent weight for size.
  • Fully-taped seams.
  • The guylines can stretch between two decently-spaced trees.
  • One of the most weatherproof tarp options.
  • Great option for all-around use.
  • One of the most affordable tarp shelters.
  • Stylish color option.
  • The finished packing weight is about that of a medium weight tent.
  • Great choice for car campers due to larger size footprint.
  • Four sizes available.

Reasons NOT to buy:

User Reviews

  • Not the lightest.
  • The stuff sack may be a little small and awkward to use.
  • The stakes are not adequate for very windy conditions.
  • Not a rectangle shape.
  • The set up can be confusing.

Expert Reviews

  • Not the highest waterproof rating.
  • The stuff-sack is awkwardly shaped for the tent when poles are not included.
  • Set up is difficult in windy conditions.
  • The small ground stakes are not very strong.


Kelty Noah’s Tarp is a durable, full-coverage, and adjustable shelter that is suitable for uses ranging from car camping to picnicking. The weatherproof abilities and tie-tabs allow for a versatile and packable tent option.


Note: User and expert rankings were reviewed across the web, including here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12.