[Hammock Camping] Re: Best Rain fly/tarp to use for lightweight backpacking with hammock
- --- In email@example.com, Thomas Vickers <redroach@...> wrote:
>there are two cheaper and lighter ways of making tarp tensioners. One is to use a length of shock cord - can be tied in a loop and tied into the main guyline in such a way that if the taught loop happens to break, the guy line merely lengthens hopefully without breaking itself. Another is to use rubber O rings from the plumbing aisle between the tie out point on the tarp and the line.
> Jacks R Better also makes self tensioning guy lines using cord and
> surgical tubing. They are great for windy conditions where you need
> some give in the tarp/guylines
Both ideas are from the wise guys at hammockforums.net. I found the instructions for the shock cord tensioners there.
- lpon2000 wrote:
> there are two cheaper and lighter ways of making tarp tensioners. Onehttp://www.hammockforums.net/forum/showthread.php?t=3731
> is to use a length of shock cord from the wise guys at
I just added these to my new tarp and they are so absurdly simple that I
giggled the entire time.
> In both cases the basic material (nylon) has had a coating applied toPolyurethane is a coating and will eventually peel off. Silnylon is nylon impregnated with silicone and won't peel.
> it. The ENO fly is coated with polyurethane and the silnyl flys have
> been treated with silicone. Polyurethane is a heavier (more weight to
> carry) coating than silicone coated.
> Anything that has seams (in either material) will need seamsealing to
> prevent the stitching lines from leaking.
> I like silnyl better because it is lighter. However, it can be a little
> more fragile than other materials. It is also noisier unless pitched taut.
Silnylon does stretch/sag a little, which is why people are talking about tarp tensioners. For the ultimate lightweight tarp without sag, spinnaker would be the thing - no need for tarp tensioners, lighter than silnyl.
I'll stick with sil - lasts longer than PU, lighter by a magnitude, packs smaller than small, and under the conditions I camp in, it works fine to keep the rain off. Under some circumstances water can mist through it, but I haven't run into fine mist yet and likely won't.