I use tarp bungees.
So many great idea's where do I start.
tyvm made it very easy to make
Really nice writeup, thanks.
this looks easy enough for me to do! About to have the most tensiony tarp tensioners tensioning tension.
The question is though: Is it really necessary? I have a Big Mamajamba and follow Brandon's advice.
Tie the ridgeline down rather tight. Then really pull on the guy lines (I use figure 9 for all tarp connections, so it is quite easy to pull pretty strongly yet with enough feel) to have a very tight setup.
This ended up nice and strong after nights of rain, at least as tight as with bungee cords. Probably more. I feel the construction of this tarp is tough enough and offers that little give to protect it from gusts of wind.
I do use bungee cords for the tie-outs though, but I am not sure it is really better.
I took the shock cord tensioners off the corner tie-outs on my Superfly. The result...much better. The tarp pitched tighter and stayed that way even in the morning after rain.
I may take them off my MacCat tarp as well. I do use prussics on the corner tie-outs up at the tarp end of the line. I hate tying knots.
I use short shock cord tensioners (6 inch or so) on my side pull outs though. Using all shock cord is too flimsy so I just use a short piece at the tarp and regular line for the rest.
I am making a set of these and keeping them in my bag, great idea.
Go to Heaven for the climate, Hell for the company.
So far using heavier shock cord has been brought up twice, the second time with some pretty good analysis, and no one has tried it?