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Ray Way Net Tent Kit

in Shelters - Tarps & Floorless

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5.00 / 5 (4 reviews)


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shannon stoney
( shannonstoney )
Ray Way Net Tent Kit on 08/10/2006 07:06:43 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I finished making the net tent this week. As with the tarp kit, the directions were clear and it was easy to make the net tent. I would say that it was actually somewhat easier to make than the tarp tent. The design is cool and ingenious, enabling the user to adjust the tent from the inside with sliding cord locks. It doesn't have a zipper; rather, there is a kind of flap that extends along the ground that one lifts to enter the net tent.

Dane Fliedner
( dfliedner )

Locale:
North Texas
Ray Way Net Tent kit on 08/11/2006 14:08:52 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

RJ's kit has excellent quality of materials, and with the Tarp book the instuctions are very easy to follow. The instructions for the net tent are a little leaner than for the tarp, but it is still pretty easy(The hardest part is getting the dang netting to cut straight without stretching). I didn't like having to crawl through the dirt so much with the lower slit only, and ultimately added velcro along the front edge and sides to make getting in and out much easier (Although if I had to do it again, I would have added a light zipper instead). The volume is adequate for 2 small adults, but you may want to make it a little bigger if you like more room.

Edited by dfliedner on 08/11/2006 14:10:13 MDT.

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Elliott Wolin
( ewolin )

Locale:
Hampton Roads, Virginia
Net tent without kit on 12/06/2007 11:15:38 MST Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

I found it quite simple to sew a 2-person and 3-person net tent from the instructions in the Tarp Book (I had to scale up the dimensions for the 3-person net tent).

I purchased the materials from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics and a few other places. I think it cost less than half the kit price.

Net tents work great, and we don't have a problem with the entrance. They are a bit heavy (particularly the 3-person version), but they provide absolute protection from bugs, and you can leave them home if it is not the bug season.

We also have used the net tent by itself (e.g. in a lean-to) in bug season.

Update 11-Nov-2009: Jardine now markets a new net tent design, one he perfected on an AT thru-hike. See the RayWay web site for details.

Edited by ewolin on 11/11/2009 13:17:34 MST.

Jeffrey Wong
( kayak4water )

Locale:
Pacific NW
It's nice on 10/10/2013 01:00:45 MDT Report Post Print

Rating: 5 / 5

We got the two man net tent with zipper and with the non slip floor.

Pros:
1. It's great protection from skeeters/ticks.
2. Easy to sew. Good instructions. I have sewn lots of stuff before--this probably took about 5 hours to finish.
3. very spacious.
4. clever suspension lines that adjust with cord locks.
5. No worries with the floor (non slip urethane coated nylon that's more waterproof than Siliconized nylon) Ours weighed 24 oz. A siliconized nylon net tent would weigh several ounces less.
6. Only $70

Cons:
1. the 16" high zippered entrance. You have to wiggle the opening around your shoulders as you enter--that also pulls the net tent corners away from its attachments to the tarp. The maker, Ray Jardine says that helps exclude bugs when entering/exiting, but if you want to shove a pack in, it adds more fuss. Fix: swap out the zipper for a longer one or live with it. (zpacks sells zipper by the foot and sliders with single or double pull tabs)
2. the three zipper pulls on the entrance have pull tabs only on one side--you must close the zipper(s) with the tab on the other side first. C'mon, three more pull tabs don't weigh much. Maybe they couldn't source the zippers with double pull tabs.(?) Fix: see #1 above.
3. The net tent lines attach to nylon cord loops on the tarp with eleven little s-hooks (1.1 gm) that fall off when the tarp wiggles in the wind. Fix: I replaced the s-hooks with 1.5" lengths of 1/4" hardwood (0.5 gm) dowels that slip into the loops on the tarp, like buttons. Come to think of it, buttons may even work better. edit: buttons cost too much, so I attached each net tent line to a 2" long loop of upholstery thread that passes through a centered hole in each dowel and they work really well.
4. The cord locks on the suspension lines slip--Ray actually included two for each line at the end of the ridgeline. Fix: Micro Line Loc Guy Line Adjusters from zPacks.
5. The lines suspend the mesh, but not the side walls of the floor. Fix: sew a tab to the top edges of the floor where the lines attach to the mesh & run the lines through a hole in the tab.
6. When you have one side of the tarp guyed low to reduce wind blowing in, that side of the net tent is no longer suspended, because the suspension loops are right at the edges of the tarp next to the side pull outs. Fix: add loops further away from the tarp edges that work with a low pitch.

All the cons are rather minor, but taken together, one can see how attention to details produces a tarp that just can work better, without real additional expense.

If you use a ground cloth, I recommend the silnylon floor for a lighter carry.

Overall, we were very happy with the product and would recommend it to a friend.

Disclaimer: I have no affiliation with Ray Jardine nor with Zpacks.

Edited by kayak4water on 10/12/2013 22:42:57 MDT.

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