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Spinnsheet Ground Cloth-Tough enough?
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Wayne Packer
(deathvalleydog) - F
Spinnsheet Ground Cloth-Tough enough? on 08/28/2005 19:59:51 MDT Print View

I would like to hear from anyone who's put the Gossamer Gear Spinnsheet Ground Cloth through some trailworthy wear. Is it tough enough to stand up to the typical abrasion that a ground cloth gets...or must it be lain only in fields of heather?

Re: Spinnsheet Ground Cloth-Tough enough? on 08/28/2005 23:33:14 MDT Print View

I don't know about Gossamer's Spinnsheet Ground Cloth, but their even lighter and cheaper polycryro cloth held up for me very well over several nights of Sierra camping, and at $3.95 It contributed to my nearly one lb. of weight savings on my BD Lighthouse: carbon fiber poles (6.5 oz.), titanium stakes (1.3 oz), and polycro ground cloth (6.9 oz).

R Alsborg
(FastWalker) - MLife

Locale: Southwest
Polycryro Cloth on 08/28/2005 23:48:32 MDT Print View

I agree with William’s assessment of Gossamer's Gears lighter/cheaper Polycryro Cloth:
Size Small: 32" x 96" Weight: 1.3oz. or Size Large : 72" x 96" Weight: 5oz. $3.95

It’s extremely tuff for the weight but does have an initial plastic odor.

jacob thompson
(nihilist37) - F
Spinnsheet. on 08/29/2005 00:23:24 MDT Print View

I would say that the spinnsheet would be durable enough. I have one that Im going to cut fairly soon to make myself a "G6 like" pack. If you have any GG stuff its the same sort of material as that.

As for the polycro, go for that if you want weight reduction. Its plenty strong.

And again if you want to go lighter use half a mylar space blanket. little under 1oz and will last a few trips. any small holes can be repaired with a little cello tape.

Mark Verber
(verber) - MLife

Locale: San Francisco Bay Area
Re: Polycryro Cloth on 08/30/2005 08:57:29 MDT Print View

I have tried 1mil plastic and emergency space blankets, but neither would make it more than a day or two before I put a big hole in it.

I will add my voice as a third who has been delighted with the polycryro ground cloth. I have had mine out for something like 20 days and it's still in good condition.

Aaron Sorensen
(awsorensen) - MLife

Locale: South of Forester Pass
Re: Polycryro Cloth on 09/28/2005 20:05:08 MDT Print View

Does the Polycryro Cloth ground sheet make a horribly crinkly noise or is it more like the niose of plastic drop cloth?

Alan Amaya
(archeopteryx) - F
Polycryo noise on 09/29/2005 01:46:24 MDT Print View

The noise is more like a plastic dropcloth.

Edited by archeopteryx on 10/21/2005 01:15:26 MDT.

Craig Shelley
(craig_shelley) - F

Locale: Rocky Mountains
Both Spinsheet and Polychro on 09/29/2005 10:13:24 MDT Print View

I have both. The spinsheet is very tough. Much more so than the Polychro. I use the spinsheet on a regular basis.


eric levine
(ericlevine) - F
Spinnsheet vs. Polycro on 10/10/2005 11:08:21 MDT Print View

I have both too.I rate the spinnsheet as tough, but I use the polycro for nearly everything.

One of my rationales is that if such cheap accessories don't wear out, you can carry lighter ones.