does it need poles ?
JOHN W It has no poles. Includes tiedown cord.
MARK S No, it does not "need" poles for use, but two poles placed under the Beaks at each end can be helpfull in certian set up situations. It really is a nice tarp, with an atypical cut that works well in many situations where a standard square or rectangular cut would not be as optimal.
S. JARED H This tarp is amazing. It doesn't, "need" poles if you have a couple of trees to tie it to. YouTube a "ridge line" and you can see how it's done.