Thanks Chet, that is one I was not familiar with but it does look
nice. My experience has been limited to the stock HH tarp and Ed
Speer's 8x10 tarp. Of those, I much prefer the 8x10 tarp.
Sometimes, especially when bad weather is not expected, I still use
the HH tarp, but usually I use the 8x10 tarp with both my Speer and
Hennessy hammocks. I just like the greater coverage. One criticism
I have with both is the flapping problem in high wind. On at least
three outings this has been a problem. At best this is noisy and
makes sleep difficult, and at worst, it can cause stakes to rip out
of the ground . . . and in one case I even had a tab to rip out of
the corner of the tarp (in spite of excellent workmanship on the
tarp). Because of this, the cat-cut tarps, like the one you prefer
and the McCat are intriguing, but I understand that there is a trade-
off in that cat-cut tarps are not as versatile for alternative
pitching as flat tarps. I suspect that the other alternatives in
the poll -- such as the JRB and the Hex fly, while offering greater
coverage than the stock HH fly, would still be subject to the
flapping problems since they are, I think, flat tarps.
--- In firstname.lastname@example.org
, "chetclock" <cclocksin@b...>
> Tripp, I have used several tarps, including standard HH fly, Home
> ala Ed Speer in both 8 x 10, and 9 x 11 sizes, equinox sil-nylon
> a home made sil-nylon poncho tarp, and my latest, a Granite Gear
> Lightnin'. My all around favorite is the GG White Lightnin' for a
> couple reasons. Number one reason is that it pitches drum tight
> to the reinforced ridgeline and catenary cut sides, along with a
> unique adjustment system for the guyouts and ridge. Second reason
> that it is so well made, reinforced around the perimeter and along
> ridgeline with webbing, and third, the adjustment system makes it
> super easy to center over my hammock. You give up a little coverage
> due to the cat cut sides, but at 8 x 10, it is still plenty. If I
> I'll be in really bad weather, I'll take my home made 9 x 11,
> made out of urethane coated nylon, a little heavier than the
> sil-nylon, but it is heavy duty, and I made it with lots of pull
> so I can pitch it in a variety of ways to make a truly storm proof
> setup. There is a picture posted in my folder on the photo page.
> expecting fair weather, I'll just take my home made poncho tarp,
> provides adequate protection from rain as long as the wind isn't
> strong, and it serves as my tarp, raingear, and pack cover. So,
> hammocks, I guess you can't have too many tarps!
> --- In email@example.com, "Tripp Clark"
> <trippclark@m...> wrote:
> > Interesting . . . with just a day remaining in this poll to
> > determine the most favored commercially available tarp for
> > camping there is no clear favorite out there. With five
> > the top 2 have just 28% each . . . far from a resounding lead.
> > Moreover, with just 21 responses to the poll, from such a large
> > membership on this list, it looks like I am not the only one who
> > not sure which is the best option out there. Too bad I can't
> > them all out!
> > Tripp
> > --- In firstname.lastname@example.org, "Tripp Clark"
> > <trippclark@m...>
> > wrote:
> > > Listers,
> > >
> > > I just posted a poll and hope to gather some opinions. I have,
> > use,
> > > and love both a Speer Hammock and tarp and a Hennessy Hammock
> > > their stock tarp. In most situations, of the two, I prefer
> > larger
> > > Speer Tarp. I am intrigued by some of the other options out
> > there,
> > > and wish that my bank account could handle one of each! I am
> > curious
> > > to learn what some of y'all think is the best overall choice,
> > > things considered.
> > >
> > > Tripp