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Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
1st time tarping on 06/12/2010 11:09:04 MDT Print View

I went out on a car camping trip last weekend with some friends to try out my new Silnylon ultra lightweight minimalist bug bivy from BearPaw Tents and the new tarp from ID. The weather was good with the day temps around 60* and the night temps in the high 40's to low 50's with a slight breeze. Lots of lady bugs and earwigs, never seen so many earwigs what an annoyance, good thing I had the bivy. I took my Marmot Atom 40* bag which turned out to be a little on the warm side, woke up a few times during the night sweating, had to unzip, whew! Wanted to post some pics. The bivy weighs in at around 7 3/4 oz my pack is getting lighter AHHHHH!! bivy1 bivy2 bivy3 bivy4 bivy5 bivy6 Also in the pics is my buddy Kevins MH bivy. We went a little heavy on the ground tarps because we knew we wouldn't be hiking. Overall I really love my new bivy, light and it keeps the bugs out!

Edited by jumpbackjack on 06/13/2010 20:09:33 MDT.

kevin smith
1st time tarping on 06/13/2010 20:24:44 MDT Print View

yea the ear wigs sucked but stayed out of my bivy which was
a good decision on thier part lol i really like my mh micro mesh bivy it has enough room for me to move around
at night and not look like a chunk of seran wrap lol
not exactlythelightest bivy on the market but it does have all the features i was looking for like full side zip and
a mesh hood i too was warm in my marmot down bag (arroyo)
and had to exit my bivy and change clothes other than that a great trip and really good food including jack s wifes
homemade refried beans those were great with breakfast
too bad the dog missed it lol

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
RE tarping on 06/13/2010 20:41:48 MDT Print View

Here's a pic of the lost dog lost dog Looks like a dog from hell with those eyes!!

kevin smith
dog on 06/13/2010 20:58:38 MDT Print View

yea and he ate half my sausage and my blueberry muffins

he was really nice though

Jeffs Eleven
(WoodenWizard) - F

Locale: Greater Mt Tabor
Re: 1st time tarping on 06/14/2010 21:13:01 MDT Print View

Which tarp? I can't find it on ID website- looks naaace

Backpack Jack
(jumpbackjack) - F

Locale: Armpit of California
RE Tarp on 06/15/2010 00:05:27 MDT Print View

I believe it is the Siltarp 2 in gray of course. Kevin would know for sure, maybe he can chime in on this one.

Nick Gatel
(ngatel) - MLife

Locale: Southern California
Re: 1st time tarping on 06/15/2010 04:06:49 MDT Print View

Looks like you got the tarp pretty taunt. Your side tie out lines are too long. Go for 18" - 24" inches in length. Will make a big difference in windy conditions.

kevin smith
tarp on 06/15/2010 07:25:29 MDT Print View

the tarp is a id siltarp 2 8x10 great tarp so far
go on the id site and look under fast&light then click on siltarps it will bring it up

as to the guy lines right now they are all at 30 inches
can shorten them with no problem maybe on the next trip we will try it out


Geoff Webb
(photonic) - F
Re: tarp on 06/15/2010 09:36:01 MDT Print View

You can always tie things shorter, but it is more difficult to lengthen a short line.

My side lines are approx 3', I love being able to get the extra ventilation in the summer. I can always tie short or stake to the ground in storm conditions.

Just my $.02, worth what you paid for it.