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Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp Review

A single wall tent with a lot of interior space at competitive price
Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp
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Price:  $220 List
Pros:  Affordable, very spacious for two, double doors
Cons:  Not adaptable, SilNylon not as weather proof as DCF, needs to be set-up specific to weather
Manufacturer:   Six Moon Designs
By Amber King & Andy Wellman  ⋅  Oct 29, 2019
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  • Livability - 30% 8
  • Weight - 25% 9
  • Weather Resistance - 25% 8
  • Adaptability - 10% 4
  • Ease of Set-Up - 10% 5

Our Verdict

The Six Moons Designs Haven Tarp is a single wall tarp with an open floor that offers fully enclosed four-sided protection. To set-up, simply bring your adjustable trekking poles. Strongly resembling our Editors' Choice winner, the most significant difference is the lack of symmetry, with the peak being offset to one side. As a high performer, it offers reliable weather protection with lots of interior space for snuggling and hanging out with two people. Since it is made of SilNylon, it is far more affordable than many of the other high scoring shelters in this review and can pair with the Haven Net Tent for modular bug protection and a bathtub floor.

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Pros Affordable, very spacious for two, double doorsAmazingly light, four-sided weather protection, ample space for two, double doorsGreat weather protection, lightweight, adaptableAffordable, durable materials, removable inner, double doorsDCF construction is lightweight and waterproof, super spacious, four season use
Cons Not adaptable, SilNylon not as weather proof as DCF, needs to be set-up specific to weatherExpensive, doesn’t include necessary stakesExpensiveHeavy for ultralight, guy lines can be difficult to tightenRequires lashing two poles together for setup, very expensive, no floor or bug protection built in
Bottom Line A spacious single wall tent at a relatively affordable priceAmazing weather and bug protection makes this one of the most popular thru-hiking options and our first choiceThis is the comfortable shelter you want when waiting out a stormLightweight, affordable, comfortable, adaptable, and built to lastA spacious, expensive, and high quality single-wall pyramid tent
Rating Categories Six Moon Designs Haven Tarp ZPacks Duplex Flex Upgrade Tarptent StratoSpire Li Durston X-Mid 1P UltaMid 2
Livability (30%)
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8
9
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10
Weight (25%)
9
7
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Weather Resistance (25%)
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Adaptability (10%)
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Ease Of Set Up (10%)
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Specs Six Moon Designs... ZPacks Duplex Flex... Tarptent... Durston X-Mid 1P UltaMid 2
Type Shaped tarp Single wall tent w/ sewn in bug mesh and floor Double wall tent w/ removable floor and bug netting Twin pole structure w/ removable bug netting Floorless pyramid
Weight With All Components 1.15 lbs 1.80 lbs 1.60 lbs 1.90 lbs 2.32 lbs
Measured Weight of All Included Shelter Parts Tent: 1 lb, 3.4 oz (extra: Net Tent: 15.0 oz w/ guy lines) Total: 1 lb, 5 oz Tent: 19.7 oz, Guy lines and clips: 1.2 oz, Stuff sack: .3 oz. (Flex upgrade: 11 oz) Total: 1 lb, 10 oz, floor and bug net: 11.5 oz, fly: 14.1 oz Total: 1 lb, 14.5 oz, fly: 18 oz, inner: 9.5 oz, stakes: 2.5 oz, stuff sack: 0.5 oz, stake sack: 0.2 oz Mid: 1 lb, 7.7 oz (bug insert with floor = 22 oz, bug insert w/o floor = 13.4 oz)
Stakes Included? No No Yes Yes No
Poles Needed for Set-up? Yes Yes w/o flex kit
No w/ flex kit
Yes Yes Yes, unless suspended from the peak
Capacity 2 person 2 person 2 person 1 person 2 person
Max Floor Dimensions 88" x 44 in 45" x 90 in 86" x 45 in 87" x 28 in 83" x 107 in
Peak Height 45 in 48 in 45 in 46 in 64 in
Fabric 30D SilNylon .51 oz/sqyd DCF Fabric Dyneema Composite Fabrics 20 denier 420 thread-count 100-percent polyester DCF8 Dyneema Composite Fabrics
Packed Size 12" x 4.5 in 7" x 13 in 16" x 4 in 12" x 5 in 8.5" x 6" x 5.5 in
Floor Area 53 sq ft 28.13 sq ft 26.88 sq ft 17 sq ft 63 sq ft
Doors 2 2 2 2 1
Number of Poles 2 4 2 2 2
One person version? No No No Yes No

Our Analysis and Test Results

We tested the Six Moons Designs Haven Tarp in conjunction with the Haven Net Tent, a modular bug netting insert that also has a SilNylon bathtub floor. We like that this system allows us to bring the added bug protection if needed, but not if we didn't need it. As a stand-alone tent, the Haven has an offset peak where one side is shorter and steeper from the crest down to the ground, and the other is longer and with a lower angle. This is a pretty stable design for most weather, but if set up with the wrong orientation, this vast face can catch the wind. On either end of the tarp, there are doors with zippered, beak-like vestibules, providing four-sided protection. While there are indeed higher-performing ultralight shelters in this review, this one is unique because of its low cost.

Performance Comparison


The Haven Tarp set up under the rock escarpments of the Cimarron...
The Haven Tarp set up under the rock escarpments of the Cimarron Mountains in southwest Colorado.

Livability


This tent is very liveable; the peak height is pretty high and leaves plenty of room for two people to sit up without brushing their heads against the fabric. It is also plenty wide for two people and their wide sleeping pads, and likewise plenty long for a 6'0" or taller person to lie down comfortably. The beak-shaped vestibules on each open end allow plenty of space for gear to be stored comfortably under protection, and the dual doors make it easy for each person to get out on their own side without crawling over the other. Simply put, it is incredibly spacious and comfortable for all tent-based living.


The Haven Tarp is plenty tall enough for sitting up inside and has a...
The Haven Tarp is plenty tall enough for sitting up inside and has a ton of covered and protected space for you to spread out your sleeping equipment and other gear. It has an offset design, where one side of the tarp is longer than the other.

You can pair this tent with the Haven Net Tent modular bug netting insert. While it is a pain to set up inside of the tarp, we like that it offers a solution to bugs, which we needed while camping in Colorado. As a single wall tent, condensation does build-up, which can be a bit of an issue, and one must be careful not to rub against the walls when moving around in the morning. We also like that having two poles on the edges of the sleeping area means that two people can sleep next to each other, and for couples, this was more ideal than when sleeping with poles in between.

Showing the comfortable amount of space inside the Haven Tarp. The...
Showing the comfortable amount of space inside the Haven Tarp. The Net Tent, also shown, has doors on each side to match the dual vestibules, as well as a SilNylon bathtub floor.

Weight


At 1 pound 3.4 ounces, is an ultralightweight shelter. This weight is for the tarp only and does not include the modular addition of the Haven Net Tent, which weighs an additional 14.2 ounces when in use.


Everything that comes in the package. Tent on left, stuff sack...
Everything that comes in the package. Tent on left, stuff sack, extra guy out cord for the middle of the tarp if needed, and instructions, which we recommend taking a look at. On top is the Haven Net Tent, in its own stuff sack. You will need to add a minimum of six stakes and two adjustable trekking poles to this setup.

The tent comes with a small amount of guying out cordage and a SilNylon stuff sack, but still needs two adjustable trekking poles and a minimum of six stakes to set up completely. It is also wise to carry two extra stakes for guying out the long sides in a strong wind, and a ground tarp because there is no floor. In general, you'll be laughing at how light this tent it, feeling like you're carrying hardly anything at all.

Showing the stuffed size of the Haven Tarp on the left, and the...
Showing the stuffed size of the Haven Tarp on the left, and the Haven Net Tent on the right. While using the bug insert ups the weight above ultralight levels for two people, we thought this setup was easily split between two backpacks fairly.

Weather Resistance


This tarp needs to be oriented correctly to the wind to provide the best weather resistance, just like all tarps. For the best performance, we found that the long side of the tarp should face downwind.


If done so, this tarp is remarkably weather-resistant, due to the double doors and vestibules on each open end. Because it is constructed with SilNylon, it isn't quite as good at repelling rain, although there is no doubt it will keep you dry. We also found that it is hard to set this tarp up with no gap to the ground when the weather is bad, which means that wind is free to pass underneath the walls, creating a drafty sleeping situation. However, when used (by itself) as a single wall tarp, it is quite protective does not need an added bivy sack for complete weather protection - just a simple ground cloth or piece of Tyvek.

Showing water beading on the face of the ripstop SilNylon Haven...
Showing water beading on the face of the ripstop SilNylon Haven Tarp. Initially it repels water very well, but after a long soaking will eventually absorb water and sag.

Adaptability


By itself, the Haven Tarp is not very adaptable. Much like other catenary cut tarps, it must be set up the same way, using two adjustable trekking poles, pretty much every time.


Inside the Haven Tarp while using the Haven Net Tent insert. We like...
Inside the Haven Tarp while using the Haven Net Tent insert. We like that this setup is modular, and appreciate having the bug protection on this June night. We also like how roomy the inside of this tent is for two people and all their things, far more comfortable than the dedicated pole tents we tested.

While we love the amount of interior space afforded inside, that that means it has a relatively large footprint. Due to the offset peak and long side, it presents too large of a roof panel for handling snow loads. We also like that it has the option of adding modular bug netting.

We tested the Haven Tarp along with the Haven Net Tent insert that...
We tested the Haven Tarp along with the Haven Net Tent insert that can be set up inside. While we love how well it protected us from the mosquitos, it is certainly a pain to install each and every night, as the two together will not fit in the provided stuff sacks unless taken apart.

Ease of Set-up


It is a good thing that this tent comes with setup instructions because we did not find it to be intuitive at all. With a little bit of practice, however, things come together quickly, and it does not take very long to set up with one person.


In the wind, it is challenging to set-up due to the need to keep one of the adjustable trekking poles standing upright while you race around to the other side to insert the other one. The key is first to stake out the four corners very loosely, so there is room for the adjustable trekking poles to be inserted, and then you can come back to each of the corners later and tighten them up as needed. At the end of the day, it is not hard to acquire proficiency at setting up this tarp.

Setting up the Haven Tarp alone on a wilderness backpacking...
Setting up the Haven Tarp alone on a wilderness backpacking overnight trip. It takes some practice to learn to set this thing up easily and quickly.

Value


This tarp is super affordable for the quality of life it offers while in the backcountry, which presents a great value for its performance. Anybody who loves lightweight backpacking or thru-hiking will see the value in this tarp, though it may not be best for places where humidity is high. If you find value in privacy and four-wall protection, this is a great option to consider, given its great value.

Camp on the East Fork of the Cimarron River, in the San Juan...
Camp on the East Fork of the Cimarron River, in the San Juan Mountains of Colorado, just before sunset.

Conclusion


The Six Moons Designs Haven Tarp is a fully enclosed single wall tarp that offers plenty of interior space and privacy. It features an offset peak and has modular, instead of sewn-in, bug netting, and flooring. As an affordable shelter, we think it presents great value and should be checked out by anyone looking for a quality solo ultralight tent that doesn't want to spend a lot of money.

Breaking down camp in the morning after a pleasant evening spent in...
Breaking down camp in the morning after a pleasant evening spent in the Haven Tarp in the East Fork of the Cimarron, San Juan Mountains of Colorado.

Amber King & Andy Wellman