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Michael Levine
(Trout) - F

Locale: Long Beach
Tarp on 05/19/2011 15:34:16 MDT Print View

Hi all,

I am looking for some tarp advice. I'm a big guy 6'3" and was wondering if there are any "this is the best in this price range" sort of suggestions. My last tarp was a tent (haha) so any advice would be super helpful for an inexperienced tall guy.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Tarp on 05/19/2011 15:38:08 MDT Print View

Etowah outfitters makes a 6x10 flat tarp that is reasonably priced at $69

Big enough for a bigger person, I think.

Jeff M.
(Catalyst) - M

Locale: Costa Mesa, CA
bivy? on 05/19/2011 16:02:52 MDT Print View

Are you planning on using a bivy with it?

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: Tarp on 05/19/2011 17:44:03 MDT Print View

Michael, I have a GG SpinnTwinn tarp. I am a little over 6'1 and it has tons of room. It is lightweight at 10oz (it really is a 2 person tarp) and has tons of coverage. The only caveat was that it is expensive

Michael Levine
(Trout) - F

Locale: Long Beach
follow up on 05/19/2011 17:54:45 MDT Print View

I'll be looking into those, thanks for the suggestions. Yes on using it with a bivy

Ken Helwig
(kennyhel77) - MLife

Locale: Scotts Valley CA via San Jose, CA
Re: follow up on 05/19/2011 18:08:36 MDT Print View

Michael, with the size of the GG SpinnTwinn, you would not have to use a bivy

Michael Levine
(Trout) - F

Locale: Long Beach
hmm on 05/19/2011 20:08:55 MDT Print View

Do bivies help with windproofing? Sincere question and the only counter point I could think of vs. the spintwinn/no bivy idea. Thanks for helping a lad get a bit less green.

Nate Meinzer
(Rezniem) - F

Locale: San Francisco
Tarp on 05/20/2011 01:10:05 MDT Print View

I think a bivy is needed for windproofness. Also, if you have no threat of rain but a wind blowing, it's nice to just plop down the bivy and not fiddle with the tarp. At 6.5 oz for the light ones, not going to break your back either.

Michael Levine
(Trout) - F

Locale: Long Beach
hmm on 05/20/2011 22:24:01 MDT Print View

Hey Ken if you're still out there, what are your experiences with just tarping it? I'm curious about that option. Do you feel the wind much? Also is it generally understood that you either get a 2p tarp + no bivy OR a 1p tarp + bivy?

Link .
(annapurna) - MLife
Re: hmm on 05/20/2011 22:30:40 MDT Print View

If you are that worried about using a tarp in the wind and getting cold and wet look at the Gossamer Gear spinn shelter.