Agree wrt silnylon bang for the buck. I love my OES silnylon Mac Cat. A quality silnylon tarp will serve you well. Though i must admit, when my daughter decided she wanted to hammock camp with me, I shamelessly used it as an excuse to get a cuben.
I love my cuben cause I love big tarps. I went from a 23 oz sil to a 8 oz cuben that's the same size. I like to use a winter size tarp all year round so I really wanted a big ol cuben tarp. To save weight. But a sil tarp kept my just as dry at twice the weight. It really depends on what size tarp u want and if the xtra money is worth the xtra weight savings.
Sometimes I like to hike and think, And sometimes I just like to hike.
Hiking is'ent about waiting for the storm to pass its about learning to hike in the rain.
I'm actually with Stefprez. I had an MLD cuben hammock tarp and sold it. Perhaps it was my own perception, but it seemed I was always nervous that a branch would fall or I'd trip over a guy line, or a blown spark from the fire would mar my precious cuben tarp. Now I have a larger silnylon tarp for twice the weight but half the cost and a whole lot less anxiety. Perhaps one day if I am hiking more (rather than canoeing), I'll buy one again. But for now, there are plenty of other things I could do to lighten my load of those 8oz if I felt the need.
That being said, the gear head in me does drool a little every time someone posts new pics.
I'm totally loving my decision.
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Fascinating discussion here. Interesting data re cost per ounce etc. SO I looked up a few prices and weights. Obviously, that is not the whole story, as placing, number and type of tie outs can make a big difference in usability, and must be worth part of the price. I used 8x10 as a size for comparison.
Tarpaflex camo/green poly, $7.71, 32 oz (6 or 7 mil)
Tarpaflex green, $3.25, 24 oz (5 mil)
REI poly blue, $6.50, 18 oz (claimed, must be 3 mil poly to get that weight)
Then PU coated polyester:
Kelty Noah 9x9 , $60, 29 oz.
Outdoor products 9.5x8 $47 26 oz.
Equinox $95, 14 oz.
Warbonnett Edge: $100, 10 oz. (cat cut)
MLD $195, 15 oz.
Warbonnett Edge $150, 8.25 oz.
MLD $350, 10 oz.
Zpacks $235, 5.2 oz.
Myself, I started with an 8x10 pievce of Tyvek which cost nothing and a couple of dollars for clips and mason line, and weighs about 17 oz.
Now I have the large Hennessy hex, 12x10 23 oz and $60.
and a Hennessy asym scout at 10 oz and $30. (for backpacking)
So for backpacking, I can have 10 oz for $30) or slightly better coverage and 5 oz. for $235.
For car camping or one or two mile level walkins, my $60 Hennessy gives me more coverage than anything else here. For group camping I picked up a Kelty Noah 12x12 for $15 at an REI garage sale, so we can gather arouind to eat as a community without getting soaked.
Maybe I should change my trail name to TT (Trailer Trash)