BIAS tarp questions
I'm working with Adam and Jenny on a tarp for my hammock.
I'm trying to be as weight conscious as possible, but like others, not sacrificing comfort.
This will be used on the entire AT.
Would a 9 foot ridgeline for the tarp be adequate?
Or will I need more being my hammock is 11'.
Ill do my fair share of research when I get back to a desktop, but hf search Hates my iPhone.
If there is a thread that has already answered my questions, feel free to post it and I'll do the reading.
You tarp has to be at least as long as your hammock (assuming that you want to stay dry), and preferrably a little longer to give some overlap.
Why BIAS in the title? Adam and Jenny are Hammock Gear (HG).
Because I'm using a bias WWM. And the tarp question is relevant to what hammock I'm using.
I thought at least.
Appreciate the fast response.
I think he's asking that because he uses a BIAS hammock.
Originally Posted by angrysparrow
So in conclusion. I need at least as long as my hammock, which makes sense. I just didn't know of there was something I was missing for the length because going 9ft vs 11ft would be a decent savings in weight. But if I'll be soaked by rain, then obviously it's not worth it.
Sorry for the stupid question. Again thanks for the fast responses.
I have the same hammock and an 11' tarp. I've only had it set up in the yard in dry conditions so far but it seems to have ample coverage. A 9' tarp would definitely not be enough coverage.
I have the BIAS hammocks and I have my ridge line set at 109".
A 9' ridge line on a tarp just won't cut it. A 11' tarp works in fair weather but I prefer my 12' tarp.
I regularly use a tarp that is shorter than my hammock without problem. That's because I bring the foot end of the tarp down toward the hammock and center the tarp carefully, because the hammock in use is only 5/6 its length, and because there are DWR fabric hoods over the hammock ends. Some side-blow water falling on the ends does not get channeled into the hammock.
Methinks more folks going for very long hammocks should think of lightweight DWR fabric hoods, maybe as part of DIY bug nets and at least for the foot ends if they think such hoods too enclosing for the head end. A hood sheltering two feet of hammock may require no more than 1/3 yd sq of fabric, if you are calculating weight.
I wouldn't think of going shorter than the standard ridgeline length of a HG 4S or Hex Cuben Fiber Tarp (10 ft. 10 inch or 130 inches).
Your Weight Weenie Micro is 11 ft. long (132 inches), and if your ridgeline is fixed at the traditional 83%, then that puts your hammock length at 109.56 inches. That leaves about 10 inches on each end for coverage.
Keep in mind that you'll have continuous loops or something through the channels that will add maybe 10 inches to the length of your hammock.
I have a BIAS DL and it's the same length as your WWM.
I think if I do a standard 10' 10" I'll be alright.
I'm using whoopies on my WWM, going through channel, so I don't think the extra 10" or so you mentioned at the end of your post is going to effect me?
I could be wrong :lol: