Chinook 12x9 tarp
I no expert on tarps but I thought this might help. I bought this tarp a couple of weeks ago while they were on sale for $21.95 to use as a spare or kitchen tarp for car camping. This thing is huge! For the money I wish I had bought 2. The only concern is on a couple of the tie outs there are brass grommets reinforced with nylon. I hung one of my cheap hammocks underneath it while it was windy and raining and it held up fine. Hope this helps.
Oh heck yeah! They're bomb proof. But heavy. I have one, just add some extra tie outs where you want them by using that over sized stuff sack to sew extra reinforcements and then some grosgrain for tie outs. It's not a bad idea to put grosgrain tie outs over those grommets too because grommets usually tear out anyway.
BTW, Where did you find one for 21.95?
I found it at huntingplayground.com. There was a link in the weather protection forum from a member wanting a cheap tarp and it was on sale at the time. I like it a whole lot better than the poly tarps
Thanks. They are 45 bucks now though.
Yep it didn't last long. One of the savvy shoppers here found and posted it. I missed the cheap sale on the funky forest 10x10 so I didn't want to let this one pass by. I'm gonna be able to try it in the field for a few days in about a week and I think it'll do fine.
oh yeah, as soon as I aquire a "thread injector". Those grommets will be gone
I got mine earlier this week. Didn't come in time for my labor day camp out but I had another tarp to use, and we didn't get any rain.
I got 6 lineloc3's on order and some extra brown polyester webbing laying around. Think I'm gonna pry those gromets apart and sew on the linelocs. Probally, string it up lightly first to play with some different configurations before I settle on where I want the linelocs. Not sure yet if I'm gonna make griz beaks for it or stake out so I can get some door action going on.
I just have to add that this thing is a really nice tarp. The polyester has noticeably less stretch than nylon, and the PU coating is very thin. I read someplace that this thing weighted 1.8lbs, I can't see that even with the oversized stuff sack. Wish I had a scale (I know, soon) but I'm guessing more like 22oz based on a side by side comparison with my ENO DN. Compared to a similar sized silny tarp the extra is minimal, and you won't get any misting through with this one.
I'm wondering about dying the polyester; that brown is not my fav. Anyone got any insight on that? How would it effect the PU coating? Ect.
I also like my Chinnook 12 x 9.5.
Sorry to tell you the weight is correct right about 31 oz.
I would normally be embarassed to share my geekiness, but I think people here may like the sketches attached below comparing the Chinnook 12 x 9.5 and the Gudie Gear 12x12.
They are both great. I have not used the Guide Gear but it has the same weight and a little more coverage. The down side to the Guide Gear is you have to add to tie outs to use it with doors
Ordered one of these the other day. I think itll be a good tarp for me.
I started off w/ a Chinook, agree it's a good tarp for the price. I've since gotten one that suits my 3S needs better, but I plan on holding onto the Chinook for awhile as a backup and winter tarp. The 4 tie outs per side allow for easily closing off one or both ends, which comes in handy during the winter or bad storms.
What makes it a good starter tarp is that it's large, offers a lot of flexibility and has the aforementioned tie out options. From that point, it's easier to determine if you want something smaller, lighter, with a cat cut, without doors, fewer tie outs, etc. It's generally a good idea to go through this process to identify your true needs through first-hand experience (instead of trying to ascertain them from the internet) before you put more money down on more expensive one.