Tentsmiths Oilskin Tarp

(19 customer reviews)


Made in the USA



Tentsmiths Oilskin Tarp

The legendary Tentsmiths Oilskin Tarp, as seen used by Joshua in several of his films and at most of his courses. Constructed of oil & wax finished, long-staple cotton makes a durable, waterproof tarp with a vintage feel.

This Tentsmiths oilskin tarp is available in 8×8,  has one seam and is finished with perimeter loops and a reinforced center loop which aids in creating head height in several configurations.

All the loops are heavy duty to stand up to the elements.

It’s recommended to seal all seams on a new tarp as the stitching normally stretches a bit during the first few uses.

Rolled tightly, this tarp will fit in the medium (snug fit) or large (easier fit) general purpose drawstring pouches.

This is one of the GB2 Cadre’s favorite picks!


  • 8×8 Weight – 4 lbs., 8.3 ounces
  • Reinforced center loop, perimeter loops

GB2 Made in the USA

Is this Tentsmiths oilskin tarp waterproof?

Yes, but seal sealing is recommended as the seams stretch initially.

Is this fireproof?

No. The material can smolder. Set a safe distance from any fire.

Will this fit me and my gear?

8x8 will usually fit one person with gear or two people without gear.

19 reviews for Tentsmiths Oilskin Tarp

  1. Joshua (store manager)

    I’ve had mine for over 3 years now, even left it up after filming the “Foresters Tent” series for YouTube, left it up ALL WINTER LONG in the Adirondacks and it got beat on and covered with snow. Retrieved it in the spring. Not a scratch on it, never even needed to retreat it. Cant recommend it enough so that is why I chose it to offer her on the website. Hands down best traditional tarp made.

  2. Raymond B. (verified owner)

    I got my order quickly. The Tentsmith tarp is very well made and durable; I suspect it will last a long time. It does what I need a tarp to do and it looks great!

  3. Jacob (verified owner)

  4. David Fedczuk (verified owner)

    I was on the fence with this for years, maybe 5-7 before I bought it. My only complaint is now I have a dozen or more other tarps in every size, shape, and material you could imagine that I no longer want. I should have bought this from the start.

  5. Matthew Walker (verified owner)

    Fast shipping. Tarp is phenomenal

  6. John C. (verified owner)

  7. Paul Perkins (verified owner)

  8. Rod Yewell (verified owner)

    Looks like it will last a lifetime.

  9. Jamie (verified owner)


  10. John H. (verified owner)

    Received the tarp very quickly,as usual.

  11. jbecraft64 (verified owner)

    Been hemming and hawing on this for a while. I finally pulled the trigger. Hells Yes! I’m glad I did. Thanks GB2!

  12. Chandler Martin (verified owner)

  13. oller.todd

    I’ve used so many tarps and tents over the years, from cheap plastic ones, to fancy super lightweight ones, and the fact is I always considered them basically disposable. I’m hard on gear, so much of that is on me. I splurged on this supposedly “indestructible” tarp because I was tired of trashing the ones I previously bought. Well, I am so glad I did. I’ve left it set up for months in the Pacific NW, never treated the seams, and it’s still like new. When you’re literally depending on a piece of material with your life, this is the only choice. Seriously love thing! Having an emotional relationship with a stupid tarp is clearly twisted and sick. But, that’s where I’m at. Sorry, not sorry!

  14. Chris D. (verified owner)

    Awesome service, quality products, veteran owned, I have ordered multiple products and as always very happy with all my products and experience!!! From one veteran to another, thanks for your service Josh!!! Job well done

  15. Eric Brockway (verified owner)

    Like other reviewers, I’ve worked with other tarps over the years. Some were better than others, but all had their limitations. I could tell the instant that I opened it that it would be very different from other tarps. This is far better and probably best-in-class. I also discovered that, if I unfolded it only partially, I could re-fold it in thirds, not halves, and it would fit perfectly into a GB2 GP (General Purpose) Drawstring Pouch (Large)
    (SKU: GB2GPLG)!!!! This is outstanding! No more using large elastic bands or bungee cords to keep my tarp(s) from unraveling in my kits. Almost as if Josh anticipated this!!! 😉 If you’re on the fence, just get off already. Splurge some funds. Get the gear you know you always wanted anyway.

    Praeparatio est pax. “In preparation there is peace.”

  16. Dustin (verified owner)

    Outstanding construction!

  17. Marco Desiderio (verified owner)

    best ever

  18. James (verified owner)

  19. Aaron (verified owner)

    Quality product at a very reasonable price. Highly recommend.

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