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BillyBob58
11-18-2007, 17:31
It seems Coyote brown is a highly thought of tarp color around here. I was pleased to see this new Hex tarp is that color. I traded a green Hex tarp for the lighter Silnylon, which is 6 oz lighter and one foot longer, maybe about the same width. I measured 144" on the ridge line and 19 oz. Not as tight as my Mac Cat ( naturally ), but LOTS of coverage.

Believe it or not, the long HH Explorer ( 8" longer than than the ULBP) is under this tarp.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0710.jpg

Here is a more straight on angle. Really good coverage. I think there will be plenty even after hammock sag.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0711.jpg

Here you can see the HHUL Explorer hammock in Silhouette behind the tarp:
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0712.jpg

Here the MacCat Deluxe is more or less centered on the HH SN Hex, which is about 14" longer than the Mac, on the Ridgeline, and a little bit more down low.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0713.jpg

FanaticFringer
11-18-2007, 17:42
That thing is a monster. Great coverage.

Take-a-knee
11-18-2007, 17:58
Thanks for showing us that. How does the workmanship compare between the two tarps? I know the Macat is ultra-primo, is the hennessy in the running with it?

BillyBob58
11-18-2007, 19:11
This is the first time I've had a chance to take it out and look at it, and it was trying to rain. So I have not made a close comparison yet, but I will later. 1st impression is of high quality, though maybe not quite up to the Mac. But a Cat cut would be nice.

Just Jeff
11-18-2007, 19:18
Man, with that much coverage you don't even need to pitch it down low to wind/rain protection! Stand-up shelter in any weather.

Cuffs
11-18-2007, 20:02
I have that same HH tarp in Coyote Brown also. I love it! It has been in sustained 10mph winds and all-night-long gusts of 20-25mph. Theres no indication of any wear/tear anywhere on it.

BillyBob58
11-18-2007, 21:28
I have that same HH tarp in Coyote Brown also. I love it! It has been in sustained 10mph winds and all-night-long gusts of 20-25mph. Theres no indication of any wear/tear anywhere on it.

Good to know! I take it you feel it did pretty good in the wind? Minimal flapping? That has been the big advantage with my Mac Cat, great stability in the wind. But there is definitely more coverage with the HH tarp. A little bit of extra weight but a lot of extra coverage. If I use this, I will attract even more of my tenting friends for social gatherings under the awning on rainy days! I had a lot of company, for better or worse, even under my Mac Cat during a recent drizzly week in Washington's Olympic Mountains.

Cuffs
11-18-2007, 23:43
I did get some flapping during the high wind gusts. HOWEVER! That may be attributed to several things

1. operator error
2. I am still working on how to get the best setup out of it (new to this still)
3. This day was a trail run on a new stake/tie out gizmo I was working on (not going to use again
4. these wind gusts were huge! Went to bed with leaves on the trees. Woke up to almost bare trees and not a leaf to be found on the ground, they all blew away!

BUT - on the very first night I ever used it, there was a torrential downpour (no/little winds) and I was dry! The ground below me was even dry after the rains stopped.

Cannibal
11-19-2007, 09:50
Man that thing is large!

schrochem
11-19-2007, 10:54
I have the PU version and yep it's a biggin.
If you are brave enough you could put a cat cut in it ala th SG mod some have done :)

BillyBob58
11-19-2007, 11:27
I would surely love to do that, if I was brave enough. Maybe I will tackle something like that soon. Certainly this tarp is big enough to sustain an alteration like that and still have plenty left over. I wonder if a cat cut on the side tie out area would be enough, or if you would need one on the hex cut ends also, to get most of the benefits?

FanaticFringer
11-19-2007, 11:42
I would surely love to do that, if I was brave enough. Maybe I will tackle something like that soon. Certainly this tarp is big enough to sustain an alteration like that and still have plenty left over. I wonder if a cat cut on the side tie out area would be enough, or if you would need one on the hex cut ends also, to get most of the benefits?

I'd just cat cut the bottom sides myself.

Cuffs
11-19-2007, 12:47
(Showing my lack of tarp knowledge) What is the benefit of that cat-cut?

Cannibal
11-19-2007, 12:50
(Showing my lack of tarp knowledge) What is the benefit of that cat-cut?

Much easier to get, and keep, a taut pitch.

FanaticFringer
11-19-2007, 12:52
(Showing my lack of tarp knowledge) What is the benefit of that cat-cut?

From Just Jeff's site:Catenary tarps utilize curved seams to reduce the extra material in a tarp that causes it to sag and flap in the wind. Basically, think of a rectangle, then draw a slight curve along the ridgeline and long edges, and remove the material inside the curve. Catenary hex tarps also have "cat cuts" along the short edges. Brian MacMillin makes and sells the popular MacCat tarp.

Cuffs
11-19-2007, 13:11
Thanks guys! I know what the cut is/looks like, I was just unsure of the benefit of that vs. straight line cut.

Take-a-knee
11-19-2007, 13:44
Thanks guys! I know what the cut is/looks like, I was just unsure of the benefit of that vs. straight line cut.

I used to think the difference was overblown until I compared a stock Hennessy tarp to a Macat in a 15-20 mph wind, my daughter was using the stock tarp and the edge of the tarp flapping kept waking her up all night, I could hear it from my setup. She now owns a Macat.

BillyBob58
11-20-2007, 17:09
I got out for a hike yesterday, so I took the new tarp and my huge, extra long net-less Safari.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0720.jpg

I gave it a fairly wide pitch and hung the Safari underneath, and pulled the hammock side guy outs wide and tight.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0721.jpg

I thought coverage was adequate even with this large hammock, lots of sag and a wide, open pitch for standing height. My main trouble was getting into the hammock before the 10 sec self timer would fire. I had to undo the side guy outs and get them out of my way to almost give me enough time.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0725.jpg

I pitched it here with a bit more of a storm pitch. I should have used my Explorer, which would have given even more coverage and would be more like most folks would experience.
http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0727.jpg

http://www.hammockforums.net/gallery/files/2/2/9/IMG_0728.jpg

Also, I was pleased with the tarp's pitch, really pretty tight. It was pretty windy, but it seemed ok. Not exactly a MacCat, but it seemed much more stable than my stock asym tarp. I guess the 2 extra tie outs make that possible. I also got to wondering if some grip clips and a couple of extra pull outs would increase wind stability even more?