Originally Posted by Coffee
But if you are going with the 1oz per square yard you are only saving .3 oz per square yard over sil and paying a lot more.
yes, this is true. much consideration must be put into effect for any single item that is as most would consider
however, if you look at the tarp and its accessories, you may just save a bunch of weight over sil. For instance, cuben has zero stretch and unlike sil, it wont sag in wet, rain, humidity, etc... so you may not have to carry tarp tensioners. that can be as much or more as a 4 ounce savings!
FWIW, puncture resistance of cuben is very low.. but us hangers are usually experienced not to puncture our hammocks
too, so we already know how to care for fragile items. I have come to one conclusion tho... if i have done my math correctly I can replace my 19oz tarp with a same sized Cuben tarp and save 10 ounces! Even to a gram weenie like me tho, Im not going to pay the high $$ for cuben even in a DIY scenario. I admit, im cheap!
another thing i personally like is the color choices of sil. stealth is important to me. Cuben might be stealthy in snow, but I dont camp in snow.
otherwise, the weight factor is the only great thing about it. Plus, its easy to patch.