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Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Cuben 9'x9' Flat Tarp on 04/22/2010 15:15:24 MDT Print View

Hey Everyone,

Check out this square 9'x9' Cuben Fiber flat tarp that I built. It has catenary cuts along the edges to keep everything nice and tight and is 100% bonded.. It weighs in at 7.35oz and rolls up to the size of a coke can..

I am going to start selling these in a few weeks once I iron out all the details. No pre-orders but I would love to know if anyone would be interested in purchasing one and any feedback you guys may have..

It was a little bit windy when I took the photos (10-15mph)but its hard to tell..




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Edited by Mountainfitter on 04/22/2010 20:48:00 MDT.

Paul Siegel
(PaulSiegel)

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Maybe... on 04/22/2010 15:23:48 MDT Print View

I've been thinking about one of these. Excepted I'm not really interested in cat cut edges and I'd like to see some panel tie-outs.

What's it gonna cost?

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Feedback on 04/22/2010 15:37:30 MDT Print View

>>"I've been thinking about one of these. Excepted I'm not really interested in cat cut edges and I'd like to see some panel tie-outs."

Panel tie-outs might be an option but I am not sure if they are needed. The cuben has no sag and pulls as tight as a drum.. But if someone wants panel tie-outs added to one of my tarps that is more then ok..

As far as flat edges go, that won't be an option. Flat edges flap in the wind which can destroy a tarp quicker than anything...If you want a flat edged tarp then I would suggest buying one from Joe at Zpacks. All the gear I plan to manufacture and sell will not be offered by anyone else.

>>"What's it gonna cost?" Under $300..

Edited by Mountainfitter on 04/22/2010 15:42:13 MDT.

Scott Littlefield
(sclittlefield) - F

Locale: Northern Woods of Maine
Like the Design on 04/22/2010 15:43:43 MDT Print View

Looks like a great design - this will work for both ground dwellers and hammockers alike (albeit, only in diamond style for hammockers - 9' is too short on the rectangle for that).

Very nice.

David Lutz
(davidlutz)

Locale: Bay Area
"Cuben 9'x9' Flat Tarp" on 04/22/2010 15:46:09 MDT Print View

Looks nice, but I'm not sure if I'm interested or not.....I'll watch this thread. I'm still deciding what I want to do for Summer, if anything.

I would suggest a couple of center tie outs to accommodate a bug shelter.

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Hammock on 04/22/2010 15:49:21 MDT Print View

Thanks Scott!

Set up in hammock mode, the ridgeline is roughly 152" (12.72') and extends down on each side a little over 6' which is perfect for lightweight hammock camping!

Edited by Mountainfitter on 04/22/2010 16:40:58 MDT.

Paul Siegel
(PaulSiegel)

Locale: Southern Appalachians
Re: Feedback on 04/22/2010 15:54:29 MDT Print View

good point. I had forgot about zpacks. thanks for the quick response.

JT Croteau
(Tobit) - F

Locale: Shadows of the White Mountains
Re: Feedback on 04/22/2010 17:27:51 MDT Print View

I can see a market for these but it's a little too big for me. Great work!

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Sizing on 04/22/2010 21:32:58 MDT Print View

Maybe I will do a 7'x9' for solo users who would like to take advantage of the smaller size. Estimated weight 5.75oz..

JT Croteau
(Tobit) - F

Locale: Shadows of the White Mountains
Re: Sizing on 04/23/2010 02:54:24 MDT Print View

7' x 9' is a nice solo size and very close to my MLD Grace Solo except the Grace is narrower at the rear end slightly shorter.

Jonathan Ryan
(Jkrew81) - F - M

Locale: White Mtns
Re: Sizing on 04/23/2010 05:54:55 MDT Print View

I just received my 7x9 cuben flat from Zpack and it seems like the perfect size for solo adventures.

Rog Tallbloke
(tallbloke) - F

Locale: DON'T LOOK DOWN!!
Re: Cuben 9'x9' Flat Tarp on 04/23/2010 06:40:38 MDT Print View

Good looking tarp. How is the seam at the ridge joined?

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
I would like one on 04/23/2010 07:48:56 MDT Print View

I would like one for hammocking. Would shave 4 oz off my packweight. Every oz counts, especially when I have alot of luxuries. I would like one the same size as a maccat deluxe 130"×104". Is this possible lawson?

Edited by isaac.mouser on 04/23/2010 07:50:09 MDT.

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: I would like one on 04/23/2010 08:05:18 MDT Print View

If you want one mostly for hammocking, and think you might hammock in bad weather, Lawson's making me a cuben hammock tarp based loosely on the Winter Dream. I'll have ends I can 'enclose' for harsh weather, or open up for nicer weather (not detachable). I should have it within a week or so, I'll let y'all know how it 'handles' in the field and post some pics. I've asked him to integrate linelocs so mine will be an ounce heavier than others, but it's worth it to me. It'll have a 13' ridgeline so plenty of coverage. Best of all, we're calculating that it will come in around 10-11 oz!

Ike Mouser
(isaac.mouser) - F
macat deluxe on 04/23/2010 08:20:28 MDT Print View

my maccat deluxe in spinn is only 10oz, it seems like from yours it isn't really that much lighter or is the dream much bigger than a deluxe?

Doug I.
(idester) - MLife

Locale: MidAtlantic
Re: macat deluxe on 04/23/2010 08:31:14 MDT Print View

I messed up, mine's an 11' ridgeline, but 13' length at sides (significantly longer than the MacCat). It's not quite as wide, as I didn't want a second seam to worry about and cuben is only so wide (I forget exactly, but maybe a foot less wide overall/6" per side).

The 10-11 oz is just a guesstimate at the moment. I'll weigh it when I get it as part of my initial impressions post.

But, spinn is pretty light on its own. When we're basically talking about a sheet or two of cuben vs spinn with very little else involved (no zippers, vents, etc), you're not going to see a great difference anyway.

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Spinn vs. Cuben on 04/23/2010 11:33:41 MDT Print View

Spinnaker is super light but not nearly as light as the .75oz cuben.. Cuben is also stronger and more water-resistant. The only negative cuben has is the cost..

I could of built Doug's tarp using the .50oz stuff but why push the envelop when the .75oz stuff has a track record of working. It is the perfect blend of strength to weight.

By the way, Doug's tarp is HUGE.. Who needs a tarp when you can carry a house haha..

Eric Beaudry
(itbvolks) - F
7x9 Please! on 04/27/2010 09:10:58 MDT Print View

I could be VERY interested in a 7x9' for sure.

I was just talking with my buddy about the benefits of a flat tarp for pitching options. Really nice you got a full set of images for setup options. Really shows the versatility.

I want one!

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Prototype Coming Soon.. on 04/27/2010 10:06:31 MDT Print View

Prototype Coming Soon....

Lawson Kline
(Mountainfitter) - M

Locale: LawsonEquipment.com
Corner Reinforcement Feedback Wanted. on 05/04/2010 22:38:41 MDT Print View

I would like some feedback on my planned production corner reinforcement.. It's two layers of CT5K.18 1.5oz Black Cuben fiber laminated together with a piece of 5/8" grosgrain laminated in between.. The grosgrain webbing is then box stitched to help with lap sheer and peel strength.. It is then laminated to the CT2K.08 .75oz Green Cuben tarp and the tarp edges lap over the laminated section by 1/2" to further help with strength.. I have tested this to be the strongest way to build a tie-out so commercial gear makers don't copy it...

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