View Full Version : pros/cons on Claytor rainfly?

03-05-2008, 11:27
looked at Tom's website and he lists the hammock fly as being "nylon tafta" (taffeta)
For those who have this fly, is it coated PU nylon or is it silnylon??
and for the shape, do you find without a cat cut it tends to flap in the wind?

03-05-2008, 12:15
it is going to be covered anyway. taffeta is opposed to ripstop. taffeta is all high tenacity threads, where ripstop has only strong reinforced threads in a square pattern.

i dont have it so i cant say, but cat cuts help, but arnt needed.

03-05-2008, 14:22
I have the Jungle Hammock & the tarp that came with it is 1.9 ripstop. I'm not sure but I believe it is sil vs. pu (I have only set it up once to rig guy lines etc..). I did notice a very small amount of slack when I first set it up but as soon as the sun worked its magic it tightened up like my MacCat, when night fell I noticed it again, so I put on a pair of JRB's line tensioners to fix the issue . Cheers !!!

03-05-2008, 15:21
thanks for the replies. Im going with the MacCat Micro in green because its very light and provides enough coverage for the Claytor Mosquito I just ordered. We have very little rain here in Phoenix (8" annually) so this set up should work fine. Now, Im prolly going to replace the stock straps with my HH tree huggers, and maybe get some ring buckles. I'd also like to add a structural ridgeline to the Claytor and sew some glove hooks to the mesh. Whew! MYOG (sorta) is my life!

03-06-2008, 02:53
Hi Guys,

Must say I noticed the same flapping half way between the ground and tree point, tried different things to tighten it up. any ideas to help? wanna try and keep things simple and not have to add 4 other tie down points. So is there a way that it can be tightened by hanging the trap a diff way or tie it to something.

(my setup is HHED with this Tarp, tree huggers and snake skins)

many thanks.


03-06-2008, 21:51
I have been ordering Claytors for my friends lately. I have bought six so far, two of them for me, plus my DIY. The last two I ordered I ordered without the rainflys, but I think that was a bad idea. In talking this over with others that are ordering them, I think the Claytor Rainfly is a great bargain, looks terrific, and is very serviceable. I don't carry one because I wanted more coverage in case of a storm, BUT, here in Indiana, we would not camp on a hill if it were going to storm. We would go to the low places or the side of a ridge out of the wind. That makes the Claytor tarp just fine. That's my opinion today, but only for today. Mule.