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Cuben tarps - roll or stuff?
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Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: PNW
Cuben tarps - roll or stuff? on 09/25/2009 19:35:43 MDT Print View

I just got an MLD patrol shelter and grace solo tarp in cuben. Should I roll these to put in the stuff sacks, or can I just stuff them?

Thanks for any insight.

(HighAltitude) - F
Re: Cuben tarps - roll or stuff? on 09/25/2009 20:44:34 MDT Print View

I don't have an answer since I have never owned anything in cuben, but any chance of getting a review/comparison of both shelters.

So many times I have thought, do I get the Patrol or go for the tarp? LOL!

Dan Durston
(dandydan) - F

Roll on 09/27/2009 17:04:41 MDT Print View

This isn't specific to cuben (which I've never used), but I like to roll. I've heard people say to stuff (ie. "Why do you think it's called a STUFF sack?") but doing so puts a lot more creases/folds in the material. When you pull out a stuffed tarp the whole thing is covered in creases, whereas a rolled tarp only has a few.

Does this really matter? I dunno...creasing seems like it can't be a good thing. It may fatigue/wear the material over time.

Besides this, it's easier to pack it smaller by rolling it.

Chris W
(simplespirit) - MLife

Locale: .
Re: Cuben tarps - roll or stuff? on 09/27/2009 17:11:20 MDT Print View

My Grace Duo came from Ron folded so I just fold it as well. He's had enough experience with Cuben to know what works best.

Greg Mihalik
(greg23) - M

Locale: Colorado
Re: Re: Cuben tarps - roll or stuff? on 09/27/2009 17:20:01 MDT Print View

Carefully folding, and squeegeeing out the air will result in a much smaller package. Nonetheless the stuff sack should be big enough to accommodate a wet tarp stuffed in a hurry.

John Roan
(JRoan) - MLife

Locale: Vegas
Re: Re: Re: Cuben tarps - roll or stuff? on 09/27/2009 19:32:54 MDT Print View

"Cuben Fiber retains 100% of its original strength after being folded 250 times." according to

Might just be personal preference.