Sorry I missed all the postings and some questions - I was outside playing with the tarp before dinner - and after dinner, too!...
Yes, 4S is short form for "4 S
eason" from the HammockGear tarp
name - though I personally don't consider it a true 'winter' tarp due to its supposed 'lack' of width (but hanging 'low' it could certainly be capable with its 8.5' width) - but it does have 4 door panels
to close off the ends... Without the door panels the HG 4S tarp has the same dimensions as my OES MacCat Spinn Deluxe - so now I have a tarp with the same 'coverage' as my OES but with door panels
to help block wind/rain and an overall lighter weight
- just what I was looking for in preparation for future thru-hikes!
There have been wider cuben tarps made - "winter palace" widths - but as noted previously it takes a lot more work plus extra side 'seams'
due to the cuben's limited stock width... I myself would definitely be leery of the extra side seams needed to gain width for what some consider required for a 'winter' tarp, especially in very cold, windy winter conditions - but I'm more than happy with the 8.5' width for the reason(s) I bought it for (after all, I wasn't buying a dedicated 'winter' tarp!)...
I can't say enough about the quality and workmanship of HammockGear products (and service, too) - "excellent" doesn't seem quite good enough at times IMHO!
CRL failure - I, too, had a recent CRL failure...
High winds were predicted a while back - I decided it was a great time to 'test' my setup in the backyard... I use Zing-it for ridgeline & guylines and Lash-it for prussics and had just received some Dutch Flyz... I had the Flyz installed directly on the ridgeline - and in 30-40 MPH gusting
winds it broke at one of the Flyz right where it 'exited' a Flyz hole... Perhaps I had it strung too tightly - or if I had used a prussic to attach the Flyz to the ridgeline instead - ??
The Flyz I received did have fairly 'sharp' hole edges - but a few minutes with a drill to 'bevel' the hole edges slightly and 'finish' them off with a small needle file, I'm confident it won't ever happen again... Plus, remember, this was in my 'wind-tunnel' backyard! - if I was out on a trail, I would have selected a much better & sheltered hang location!!
BTW, the OES tarp made it through unharmed with flying colors - as some have said before: it is better that 'something' in the rig fails before the tarp itself does!
Looking forward to seeing some of you plus gear testing on the trail on the hike
into and/or at Spring MAHHA
HYOH! (hike/hang your own hike/hang)
Hiking (and hanging) the Pacific Crest Trail - 2014 (Nobo starting April 2!!
"Everywhere is walking distance if you have the time." - Steven Wright
[Note/clarification: any or all of the above signature lines are NOT meant to be an affront to anyone in any way! - simply means that I am very excited to finally be attempting a PCT thru-hike in 2014, and attempting to hang the entire way, too!!