Passionate folks on both sides, obviously. I appreciate all the opinions.
I bought a diamond fly (here;http://www.mosquitohammock.com/ ) for my Warbonnet Blackbird(WBBB). I love it but, I think that it is about the bare minimum that could be used coverage wise. I use it as a summer tarp but,I will need to buy another tarp to use in the other seasons. I really took a hard look at the speer winter tarp, it is lighter and gives more coverage, but, for $50 including shipping I had to go with the diamond fly. What can I say I'm a sucker for camo.
"In your face space coyote"-HJS
Thanks for the feedback and opinions, everybody. HF is a pretty amazing place for information.
I think I'll go with the MacCat (unless a JRB turns up somewhere at a can't-pass-it-up price.) I like the idea of staking up the corners on trekking poles.
Last week, while hiking near the top of a ridgeline (Doll Mountain in northern Vermont) I managed to get my Warbonnet and MacCat (Deluxe) up seconds before a severe thunderstorm/squall line hit. I was getting blasted by at least 40 mph winds and very heavy rain for well over an hour until the system passed completely through. The tarp flexed considerably in those gusty conditions, but kept me completely dry since I'd put it broadside to the expected wind direction. The TheraBand tensioners did an excellent job, too, and kept the silnylon just far enough away from the hammock.
I have a Spinntex version coming from Brian this week. Deluxe length (130") and Standard width (84"). Should be a good 3 season fit for the WBBB.
I ♥ my Warbonnet
Warbonnetguy offers a nice 3-season tarp that is, IMHO, pretty competitively priced. It's a cat-cut hex design, and is my primary tarp.
From Brandon's site:
Big mambajamba $110 (superfly without doors or panel pulls/ cat-cut elongated hex tarp) ~ 96 sq/ft
Blue mj 16.2 oz (incl. stuffsac)
Black mj 17.2 oz (incl. stuffsac)
The BMJ is 11' x 10'6" while the MC STD is 10'4" x 7'
I personally wouldn't want to go much smaller than the BMJ for a hex tarp on my blackbird. It's got a lot of coverage, which means I can handle some serious wind blown rain.
Last edited by Mustardman; 08-19-2009 at 10:35.
Welcome back, Warbonnetguy. I trust you're feeling refreshed and relaxed?
How much does the 10.5x8 hex weigh and how would it work with my upcoming Blackbird? And how much does it cost? (I couldn't find it on your site).
She charged me a whopping $15, so I still ended up with a great tarp that was easier on my wallet.