I'm on to planning the next project.
Thinking of a simple, very light, tarp shelter to pack when I don't expect rain, for day hikes etc. Thinking of something similar to the SMD Gatewood Cape out of Cuben.
How would I go about patterning that? Having never seen one in person. I would definitely make a cheap fabric version first, but sorta tough to even do that from nothing.
If that gets overly complicated, I may just make something similar to the MLD Monk tarp, but the poncho mode is sort of half the point. I could see using either one for gear coverage on longer canoe trips, quick setup for lunch breaks, camp coverage, etc.
Just buying the cape in Sil is ~$150 w tax/ship. BUT I don't think I could stomach an 11oz poncho when I'm carrying a more enclosed shelter anyway. The raw Cuben and tape will actually cost a bit less than that and I'm guessing in the 5-6oz range (less than my poncho now).
Those with experience with both, should I be thinking the .74 or the .51 cuben? This is a secondary piece of gear to me, but I would rather not see it in tatters at the end of one season/