Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams
I've been developing a lot of practice with this on my "quonset hut hammock hanger tarptent @tm
". It's really not bad at all. Closing from the top I have one hand going out the still-to-be-closed slit, pressing on the outside strip, with the other hand pressing on the inside strip, sliding this arrangement down towards the ground. Can be done with mittens on.
I'd say the issue with putting velcro on the existing tarp's doors is more one of the extra ounces you now have to carry around all the time, than actually using the strips.
I disagree with you that the issue with putting Velcro on the existing tarp's doors is more of one of the extra ounces you now have to carry around all the time than actually using the strips. I find the overlapping door technique much easier to use and that it allows a greater range of setup options, but that is my opinion and is based on my designs. The difficulty factor in closing doors behind you in a hammock tarptent arrangement is greatly influenced by the shape you are trying to access, with broad shapes being the easiest to access and narrow shapes more difficult to access.
When you design for Velcro closures you want the doors to overlap where the Velcro attaches and you have enough slack to attach the Velcro. Yet, you want it to be reasonably taut after it is attached so it isn't loose enough to flap around in a breeze. There isn't a lot of setup margin with that approach and if you set it up where their isn't enough slack attaching the Velcro is more difficult and can be quite frustrating. When you design for overlapping doors you want each door to be taut independently of the other door and the shaping may be very different than with the Velcro design.