Worked with Josh to modify his 9 x 7 CF Wraith design based off this thread:
- I'm not a fan of bivies and wanted a tarp big enough to give me confidence in a downpour w/out a bivy.
- I thought a bigger tarp was less weight than a smaller tarp and bivy, plus more comfortable.
- I also wanted a bonded tarp for longevity, not sewn.
- I wanted the versatility of using a single person MLD Bug bivy/tent when it's buggy out and then drop that weight when in colder weather. (I currently have a BearPaw Cub Den 1.5 in .51 CF with bug netting sewn into the perimeter, can't drop bug netting).
- I wanted a flat tarp so that no rain could get in by the cat cut sides (remember, no bivy) when I pitched it straight to the ground and I also counted on the non-stretchiness of CF on keeping the pitch taut without a cat cut (more $).
- In working w/ Josh we settled on a 9x7 design. If I were in A-frame pitch 24/7 I would of tapered the foot end, but this tarp gives me versatility to pitch in other configs and when I go into storm more and pitch all three sides/foot end to the ground, I need the extra width to give my feet some height.
Some custom options to lighten the load...
- 8 tight outs as opposed to 10, we'll see if that was smart over time. :p
- No line locks
- Bonded seam runs perpendicular to the ridgeline
- No internal tieouts (will add if need be, going to try and hang bug bivy on tent poles w/ drip sticks for rain.
- The weight estimate from Josh was right on $ and he spent a good amount of time with me on the phone. The Tarp (w/out guy lines) weighs 138 grams = 4.86780675 ounces. His workmanship is incredibly precise on all seams, tie outs and bonding areas.
-For scale I've placed a large, bulky, rectangle, car-camping sleeping bag under the tarp.
- Left to do: Glue/Place a circular tieout on the ridgeline about a foot from the foot end rideline tieout to add lift for my feet when pitch in storm mode (3 sides pitched to the ground).
- In storm mode I may sleep diagonal as my footbox would be much more narrow as compared the rectangle sleeping bag in the pics, it would also give some more protection for my head as I can scooch down inside more.