Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
i don't think poles would do enough to justify the weight.
as far as my tarp goes, i feel the tieouts are plenty strong, and wind damage for the most part is no longer a concern. the panel pull outs keep the tarp away from the hammock in wind even when it has stretched and loosened due to moisture. as far as snow and ice goes, i don't have too much experience with that, i did have it set up in the backyard for a few days when we had 6" or more of snow, it mainly collected at the bottom of the sides, pushing the bottom edge in, which doesn't seem like too big a problem, i was able to push from the inside to remove it although it was quite heavy. when you say bombproof to what are you referring?
seems like wind would be the biggest threat to a big tarp although i guess an ice storm might not be too friendly either. the regular snow didn't seem like it was too big of a deal. not sure it would hold up to the tornados from your neck of the woods (or lack therof
I don't use the term "bombproof;" I think it is silly. But I think the marketeers are referring to the ability to stand up to essentially any weather condition you are likely to throw at it. I wouldn't think hurricane or tornado, but I am sure some of them could convince a salesman that it is true!
However, my friend does have one of these shelters...very nice: http://www.mountainhardwear.com/Prod...&viewAll=False
As you can see, the tent has 6 pole crossings. I think I have heard that more pole crossings add structural strength. I do know that they use domes in high altitude mountaineering which have many pole crossings...
I am totally inexperienced with tarps, so I am not sure what they are capable of yet. Perhaps a more taught fabric, as you said would provide rigidity-compensating for the lack of poles? I am interested to find out!