4758Re: [Hammock Camping] Subject: Re: Shane- the MacCat-Catenary Cut?
- Feb 29, 2004Hi Todd, I think, but may be wrong, that the tarp
(MacCat) is a rectangular shaped tarp that may have a
curve in the ridge-line. There was a picture of it
someplace. If you look in the Photo Section of this
group I have 3 pictures of my Speer Silk Hammock
hanging under my Moss Heptawing. Look for album named
(A Silk H...). I haven't had a problem with the tarp
flapping. You have 3 tie-down points on each side and
the 2 on each end of the ridge-line (all tie lines are
adjustable using a little slide thing). The pictures
show me using 2 poles to lift 2 points of the tarp to
get a nice breeze on me. If you adjust it right the
wind rolls right off the tarp, you might say this tarp
design is "One With the Wind." However, I will not
try and tell you that it will never flap, when it
flaps you just need to adjust it. I have used the tarp
in some very heavy rain and a lot of wind. I was able
to adjust the guy-lines and stay dry as I watched the
water flow under me one day in a very heavy storm. I
was dry and happy in my Hammock.
In todays world I think the biggest reason more people
didn't go for this tarp is the weight. 10 or 12 years
ago this tarp replaced a 4 or 5 pound plus tent. As a
23oz substitute for the tent I was happy camper.
Today we think of a tarp being 6 to 8 oz. With that
idea how many people would go for something that
weights 23oz. Bill
--- ptoddf@... wrote:
> Isn't the MacCat a smaller, HH sized version of the
> heptawing? That was my
> I am looking to upgrade my HH UL Backpacker's stock
> fly to one that doesn't
> flap unmercifully in light wind and keep me awake.
> An absolutely great hammock,
> but with a mediocre fly.
> Getting in slackens the fly, and I don't enjoy
> super-taut bungee reinforced
> guy lines, so I've been using a second, independent
> overhead ridge line for the
> fly, which helps. But I'd like a design that is
> inherently more wind
> resistant. I'll stay with the second ridge line,
> that's a winner.
> I'd appreciate your comments based on your heptawing
> experience. (And anyone
> that's using Brian's fly to replace the HH stock
> Best, Todd in Tarzana.
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