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Re: Tarp/Fly Opinions

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  • Tripp Clark
    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
    Message 1 of 7 , Jun 29, 2005
      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 hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "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,
      which is
      > 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.
      If am
      > 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!
      > Chet
      > --- In hammockcamping@yahoogroups.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 hammockcamping@yahoogroups.com, "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
      > with
      > > > 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
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