This Kelty Mirada Tarp review is about one of the completely new products launched by Kelty for the season 2016 – 2017. This is a multi-purpose tool constructed of PU-coated 68D polyester, which provides a basic protection from elements for 8 people.
- Multifunctional tool.
- Easy and quick setup.
- This huge structure is very packable and portable, with a carry bag included.
- It can be combined with the Kelty Mirada Tent.
The Mirada Tarp – description
The Mirada tarp shelter is a very functional piece, you can use it at home in your backyard, at festivals and picnics, in your camp with a car access, at beaches, etc. The package includes the following items: a very useful backpack carry bag, the Mirada tarp body, two shock-corded steel poles, guyline cords, and tent stakes.
The tarp is wide open on the front so you have plenty of fresh air, see the picture, but its body is also with several vents to allow air streaming through the structure. In addition, a mesh is on the sides in the lower sections of the tarp, and on the back, you have a large mesh panel.
Once it is setup, it is a rather high structure, 211 cm on the front, so you can really walk under the tarp. It is high even on the back, enough to set some chairs there.
The material is waterproof and with all seams taped.
Backpack carry bag
The Kelty Mirada shelter comes in a very nicely designed carry bag. This is an elongated, 61 cm long tube equipped with padded shoulder straps so you can carry it easily to your camp place.
The setup is very easy (once you know how to do this, as usual). One person can do the job easily:
- Lay out the tarp in the desired location, and then stake back corners and front corners snugly. Make sure that the green webbing strap is attached to each front corner, it is there to serve as a guide, see the first picture above. When you plan the space, note that the front is wider than the back, 396 cm on the front and 284 on the back.
- Now insert the longer front pole pin into the grommet at top center.
- Insert the short back pole in the grommet at the center of the back wall and stand it up.
- Stake out rear pole guyline.
- If you want an additional interior room, stake outside wall guylines.
- Unbuckle green webbing from the step 1, and store it in the corner pocket.
- If you want some privacy, you do the following. a) Stake the center side wall loop. b) Remove front corner stake, and re-stake it near the pole.
You can see this all in the video by Kelty:
The Mirada Floor
There are many reasons for using a floor in combination with such a great tarp, to get off the ground and to keep the space clean and dry. So Kelty indeed provides its Mirada Floor which can be ordered separately for some $42 (at the moment of writing this text).
The Floor can also be used as a footprint for the Mirada Tent, so this is a multipurpose tool. Two different fabrics are used in its construction, see the picture above. The back half is 68D Polyester with an 1800 mm coating. The front half is made of super tough nylon mesh. There is an opening in the center of the floor to accommodate the tarp’s pole.
- Size (L x W):
– 6’6” x 9’11” (front)/8’10” (rear); 198 x 302 (front)/269 (rear) cm.
- Weight: 2 lb 10 oz (1.19 kg).
- Packed size: 12 x 9 x 4 in (31 x 23 10 cm).
- Fire retardant material.
Pros & cons
Here is my short summary:
The price at the moment of writing the text is $104, quite appropriate in my view.
The poles are steel, hence the 3.6 kg of weight. This is not a big deal in principle, the weight is still reasonable and the convenient carry backpack makes it easy to carry the tarp short distances. The tarp has received a rather decent average rating by Amazon customers, 4.1/5 at the moment of writing this text.
The waterproof rating 1800 mm is not particularly high, but the roof is at an angle and seams are taped, so you have a full protection for sure.
Bonus – combination with the Mirada Tent
The Mirada Tarp can be ordered separately, but it is also a part of a set which includes the Mirada Tent. This is again a very new item introduced by Kelty.
Once the tarp is set up, the tent can easily be added underneath it, so you have both extra privacy and extra rain protection, two roofs surely protect better than one. So this is again something great and innovative from Kelty.
Specifications & summary of features
- Seasons: 3.
- Minimum weight: 5 lbs 15 oz (2.7 kg).
- Packaged weight: 7 lbs 14 oz (3.6 kg).
- Floor area: 124 ft² (11.5 m²).
- Dimensions (L x W x H): 150 x 112 x 83 in (381 x 284 x 211 cm).
- Packaged size: 24 x 9 x 5 in (61 x 23 x 13 cm).
- Poles included.
- Number of poles: 2.
- Capacity: 8 people.
– Fly: 68D Polyester, 1800 mm.
– Poles: Steel.
- Easy setup and take down.
- Backpack carry bag.
- Side wall repositions to partially close front opening.
- Fully seam taped construction.
To conclude this Kelty Mirada Tarp review, by stressing again the functionality and easy setup of this great tarp. It looks very good and I see it as a nice shelter in the garden, as well as in any sort of outdoor camps. For such an outdoor use, it is big enough to provide a shelter for a group of people together with their cots, like motorbike groups, groups of friends, or families. The mentioned combination with the Mirada Tent only increases its overall functionality and versatility.
You might want to compare the Mirada tarp shelter with some other tarps from Kelty, like this Kelty Noah tarp which comes in several different sizes, or with the Kelty Rover tarp which is also a very new product by Kelty, just launched in 2017, and much smaller in size. See also the Kelty Upslope Tarp which is far smaller and ultra lightweight.
I hope this text has been useful to you, and if this is so, please share it with others. Let me know what you think about this new tool from Kelty, there is a comment box below. I wish you a nice day.