So I received the package in the mail that was a padded envelope which felt like a couple pairs of socks rolled up inside. Looking at the return label I was surprised to discover this was my new cuben tarp and stakes from Lawson Equipment. Very compact and light. After ripping into the package I pulled out the small cuben pouch which fits nicely in my big paws, amazed at how light and small this 11'x7'x9' tarp packs. Shoot, I could store it inside my cook pot. So now I gotta go set this thing up.
It was a beautiful sunny but hot day out, this would be perfect for testing its shade and reflective values. Setup was quick and easy as I expected, I attached it to a continues ridge line via prussics using the eyelets in the ridge tie outs. This is also the first time I have used LineLoc's and must say, I love them. Super fast to adjust tightness of the tie outs. I used the reflective glowire Lawson also sells and really like the brightness. My first setup was below the ridge line, I was very please out how drum tight you could set it up, then I setup with the ridge line under the tarp. Again, very pleased at the tightness. I can see why side tie outs would not be needed. I pushed on the sides and it would take a really really stiff wind to blow this into the sides of the hammock. It would probably pull the ground stakes out before that happened.
After getting everything setup I started inspecting the tie out areas, seams, and overall construction of the tarp. Flawless is the only word I can use to describe the work. I set it up both in shade and direct sunlight to test its reflective and shade value. In the shade, it felt like any other tarp would probably feel with exception that you could still see through it a little. Now in the sun is where this tarp shines, literally. I was very pleased when I setup in the sun. You could actually feel a noticeable temperature difference inside. I don't know if it was just the shade value, or a combination of shade and this tarps ability to reflect the suns rays. Either way, my normal sylnylon tarp would be very hot in this condition. When standing outside, if you get in the correct angle at which the sun is reflecting, it is blinding, not quite mirror blinding, but bright. This thing would come in handy if you got lost and needed rescued.
All and all I am very pleased, happy, content, just plain out satisfied with this purchase. Lawson has a great product and craftsmanship is top notch. I would not hesitate to order again. Now I can't wait for attachable doors.
Tie are as stated on Lawson's site. "Our grosgrain webbing tieoutís are double reinforced, bonded and then bar-tacked in place using a very long and wide zig zag stitch pattern to make sure we don't over sew the material and weaken it in any way." I saw no flaws in any tie outs.
Corner Tie Outs.
Upper Tie Outs.
Reinforcement of tieouts from inside.
The edges and ridge seams are bonded very well, nice and even all the way around.
View from Inside out in the shade.
View from Inside out in Direct Sun looking at it.
Some Setup Pics in the shade.
Setup in direct sunlight
Check out the shade this tarp provides when setup in direct sunlight.
Here we have a couple pics of the sunny side of the tarp. I swear you could feel heat coming from it, and very blinding as it was reflecting the light. This was very good in the fact that you could feel a noticeable difference in temperature on the inside. It does it's job of reflecting heat and sun from you.
Lastly, a pic from inside looking out when setup in direct sunlight.