Rated 3.7 out of 5Â by 139
Rated 4 out of 5Â by tnahpele Why are tarps blue?
Why are tarps blue?
That's what my wife asked me when I brought this tarp home. I thought that was a good question and Wikipedia had an answer - it's an informal way of indicating the grade of the tarp; Blue = light duty tarp, approx. 5â6 mils (about 0.14 mm) thick.
Based on that definition this is a good quality "blue" tarp. It's 6 mils thick, and the finished measurements are 9' 5" x 11' 6". The package says it's a 10' x 12' tarp. I compared this tarp with an old generic blue tarp and this one was thicker and stiffer. Since this is of woven construction, I tested it for waterproofness, ponding water in it for 24 hours with no sign of a leak.
October 13, 2013
Rated 1 out of 5Â by doresoom Poor Quality Control
I ordered the 9'x12' tarp, but the tarp I received was 10'x10'. It's still big enough to cover a truck bed, but it won't cover longer loads overhanging the end of the bed as well.
The first thing I noticed while taking the tarp out of the package was that 3 of the 12 grommets were loose and hadn't been crimped properly. I could hear them rattling as I shook the tarp out (see picture). The grommets were spaced evenly every 2.5' around the perimeter of the tarp, and the edge of the tarp was folded over so the grommets attached to a double-layer. Unfortunately, the advertised "stitched corners" were not reinforced. The overlap at the corners adds up for a total of 4 layers, but I was expecting an actual corner patch reinforcement.
Upon closer inspection, I found several pin-sized holes already worn in the creases from where the tarp was folded during shipping. There was also a spot in the tarp where the reinforceing fibers had been tangled during the laminating process (see picture). There was a big snarl of fibers, and then a spot with no reinforcement at all. I poked my fingertip through the unreinforced spot with less effort than it takes to tear the disposable 3 mil dropcloths I've used in the past.
If it's not waterproof and not durable, I can't trust this tarp to protect anything I care about.
October 22, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by hpiguy Wrong Size in Package, Pre-Ripped in Package, Thin Spots
This tarp is supposed to be used for covering material or outdoor items like woodpiles, boards, plants, furniture while transporting, etc.
The label says 9'x12', which would cover the back of a loaded pickup. Unfortunately, when I opened the package, the tarp measured an actual 10' x10'. A bit short for wrapping under the tailgate. When the label says 9'x12', it should be 9'x12'.
That wasn't even the biggest issue. The tarp had thin spots and tears in it right out of the package. See pictures I posted. Unacceptable quality control. This would never keep water off an item with factory made holes in it, and that's what you buy a tarp for.
The grommets are thin stamped metal. They did hold for the day. So I gave them two stars for that.
This is a one use and throw away tarp as far as I can tell. Nothing you'd want to trust over anything you valued.
You can find better quality tarps for less money on this website that will last longer and hopefully they'll be the correct size and not be preripped for you.
We're greatly disappointed in this Boen tarp's quality.
October 14, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by MrFixIt weak & poor quality
A blue tarp is a blue tarp. It's big, waterproof, and has holes for easy tie-downs. This, coupled with being relatively inexpensive, allows the tarpaulin to be useful for a wide variety of applications. The devil is in the details, however, and that's when the quality tarps rise above the others. I'm sad to say this this tarp was not one of those.
The first thing you'll notice when you pick up this tarp is how light it is. There is simply not much weight to this product at all. That could be a good thing, but it also means that durability will be affected. In general, there seems to be a real lack of quality control in this tarp. After light use, i already noticed that pain was flaking off of the edges. And when the tarp was held up in the sun, it immediately became clear that this was a sub-par product. The cross threads were very skewed, leaving large gaps. Because of this nonuniform lack of strength, these gaps are extremely susceptible to holes with any sort of wear what so ever. If that wasn't enough, there is a discrepancy with almost every bullet on the product sheet.
Advertised: Size 10' x 10'.
Actual: Size 11'6" x 9'4".
Advertized: Grommets every 3'
Actual: Grommets varied, at 3'7" & 3'9".
Advertized: Sewn corner patches
Actual: corners were simply folded over and glued
Despite the false advertizing, the product didn't fare too well either. The aluminum grommets might be rust proof, but they definitely weren't durable. The back popped off with just my fingers. Also, the tarp utterly failed when tied-down. With one corner secured, a surprisingly light pull completely ripped another corner grommet right through the side of the tarp. These tie-down holes are pretty useless. A medium wind would have the same effect, so you can forget about stringing this tarp up taught as a sunshade, for example.
This tarpaulin's sole positive factor is that's waterproof. If you are using this to cover things from getting wet, or as a drop cloth for painting, this tarp will do you just fine. For any other application that requires any sort of strength, durability, or use of mounting holes, i highly advise you to look elsewhere.
November 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by Victor Decent Quality Tarp
This is just another regular tarp you can use for backyard or garage to cover stuff. The material looks ok and waterproof. The quality is not the best in market (texture may not be appealing to all) but sill not that bad for the price point. Overall would recommend this tarp for basic requirements.
November 7, 2013