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john chong
(johnch) - F
SUL Tarps w/out bivies on 07/28/2011 13:09:40 MDT Print View

What do you think is the perfect dimension for a SUL tarp that has good rain coverage. I saw adventure alan using his oware cattarp 1.5 cuben for his XUL, and said that it provided plenty of coverage. It was pretty much 9x7x5. What are some good options out there? Zpacks offer custom sizing, and I can probably go with that one. I've been using a poncho tarp, but I realized that it might be better to go with a cuben tarp >~4oz + driducks ~5oz, than a windshirt ~4oz and a golite poncho tarp 7oz+~6oz bivy.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: SUL Tarps w/out bivies on 07/28/2011 13:45:02 MDT Print View

I would want an 8x10 minimum with no bivy, but then I'm chicken that way :) Some of the hammock builders are designing tarps that have the ends cut to allow using them as doors. Zpacks makes a Cuben one that is 6.5oz :) http://zpacks.com/shelter/hammock_tarps.shtml

That is why the SMD Gatewood Cape exists. You get 360° protection, rain gear and pack cover for 11oz weight. You can turn it into a double-wall with floor and bug screen for another 7oz. You need 6 Ti stakes and one trekking pole, or SMD's pole, or a stick to make it work.

Bivies will give good protection under a small tarp, but they have their own issues-- cramped, condensation, durability, etc.

Bryce F.
(bster13) - MLife

Locale: Norwalk, CT
Did some calculations... on 07/29/2011 18:28:08 MDT Print View

...over on my thread:
http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-bin/backpackinglight/forums/thread_display.html?forum_thread_id=51106&nid=433755

I think I'd be absolutely fine with 8 x 8 tarp, and possibly could go down to 9 x 7.