DD Tarp 3×3m MC
DD Hammocks is a little more well-known in Europe, but they are growing in popularity in the United States thanks to their diverse hammock camping product line and great value. The DD Tarp 3×3 Multicam (MC) is a virtual workhorse, thanks to its 19 guy points that allow the tarp to be pitched in a variety of configurations. To get the most modularity out of the tarp, it works best with hammocks shorter than 10 ft (3 m), but pitched on a diagonal, the tarp fits even long 11 ft (3.4 m) hammocks.
- Manufacturer: DD Hammocks, made in China
- MSRP: £40.00
- Dimensions: 3×3 m (9.8×9.8 ft | 118×118 in)
- Weight: 30 oz (858 g)—Stuff Sack: (24 g)
- Material: 190T polyester
- Coating: 3,000 mm PU
- Taped seams
- 19 Reinforced tie-outs
- Custom multicam pattern
- Includes four (4) black guy lines and steel tent pegs
The DD Tarp 3×3 MC is a square tarp made from two pieces of 190T polyester fabric sewn together at the ridge line. All seams on the inside of the tarp are taped. The shelter features a custom-designed Multicam camouflage pattern and has a total of 19 tie-out points. The tie-outs loops are long and are made from webbing. Sixteen (16) of the tie-outs are on the perimeter.
The tarp measures exactly 3 meters, squared, which is just shy of 10 feet on either side. A square tarp is one of the most versatile, especially with as many tie-out points as the DD Tarp, because there are so many options.
Recommendations and Review
The polyester fabric and large tie-out loops make this tarp a little heavier, but it isn’t unreasonable to take backpacking. In fact, you could hang up to three hammocks side-by-side comfortably under this tarp (in fair weather), making it work well for gear sharing. The real limiting factor for using this tarp in a rectangular configuration is that the straight edges are short for most camping hammocks. If your hammock is less than 10 ft (~3 m) long, than this tarp will be perfect. At 10 ft (~3 m) or longer, this tarp should use modified pitching options.
Price and Value
The DD Hammock line is value priced and is appropriate for the material and construction.
This is a great, all-around tarp that will work for most people, especially new entrants to hammock camping who are looking for a “get-it-done-without-fuss” tarp. Gram-weenies will likely stick up their nose at the weight.
Camouflage outdoor gear has a lot of appeal, not only for zombie apocalypse “preppers”, hunters, or paramilitary folks—research has shown that bears tend to ignore earth toned and camouflage patterned gear, compared with brighter colored gear. The Multicam pattern was custom designed by DD Hammock for this tarp.
Construction and Craftsmanship
I had a week testing the Multicam tarp on a recent trip to Lake Powell. We were expecting pretty fair conditions, with the possibility of a summer monsoon rain later in the week. It turned out a lot worse than we expected, with gusting winds every night and two thunderstorms, which ultimately drove us off the unprotected beachfront. During the day I had pitched a few tarps, but the winds ripped them off the line. The DD Tarp 3×3 MC held up without a murmur. I was impressed. The reinforced tie-outs held amazingly well and the tarp still looks good as new.
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Disclosure of material connection: The author (Derek Hansen) was provided with a free sample from the manufacturer for testing and evaluation purposes. The comments in this post (written & spoken) are of my own opinion, which I formed after personally handling the gear. I was under no obligation to publish a review of this item.