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    Talking Etowah Outfitters Tarp

    Has anyone had experience using the Etowah Outfitters Tarp? I saw an 8x10 of this tarp --it appeared to be a gray silnylon material. Was quite lightweight...and very expensive.

    I was just wondering if anyone has tried it and if they find it to be worth the money?

    Also, in that size, it is one that you could use for hammock camping as well as a tarp tent shelter, if need be, correct?

    Is 8x10 big enough to afford good weather protection? I'm having difficulty visualizing this.

    Thanks!

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    I have no experience with the Etowah Outfitters tarp.

    I use an 8x10 tarp (Campmor nylon, PU coated) with hammocks with little to no issues weather wise. My son loves this tarp for his ENO doublenest and I have used it for a HH Ex Assym. I believe I may have even hung two hammocks under it in a sleet storm but I can't remember for sure. The 10' length as ridgeline is big enough for almost any hammock. During the sleet storm, the wind changed direction and we added a raincoat to the end with the wind coming in to cut down on drifting sleet.

    I have also strung it on the diagonal (ridgeline is then about 12.5') and it did nicely although coverage was a little weak at the ends... but then again, the ends are more than 12' apart.

    This tarp has been around - we used it for that most hideous activity (sleeping on the ground) before we started hanging. It was plenty big enough for two pre-teens, a 65 pound dog, me and our gear during a night and day of heavy rain. I have also pitched it as a small one man shelter all the way to the ground in 30 mph winds and anchored it with rocks along the edge.

    This size is a good, versatile size for many activities. If the weight & price is right, you probably won't go wrong. You may want a large tarp for extreme cold weather, though.

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    I'll agree with the above comments. Good size for a hammock, not the best of both worlds as far size, weight and function. In really bad weather you would appreciate the extra square footage/space under a 10 x 12. How expensive was the Etowah? Does that price compare to OES, or Warbonnet? Any tarp can be rigged to the ground and act as a tent, so don't let that option sway your opinion. A couple of strategically placed webbing loops gives your tarp all sorts of options.

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    Should be able to get one of these for around $80-85. What price did you see? You can get their PU coated tarps for almost half this price, but they are a good bit heavier. One noteworthy thing about the Etowah tarp is it has tieouts instead of grommets. 10' is borderline short for my personal taste, but I can't see any reason it won't work. You could also hang the tarp corner to corner like a Hennessy stock tarp using only two stakes.
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    I use the nylon version pu coated and I love it. I am young and don't mind the weight problems but I have had virtually no weather problems except in 50 mph winds and terrential downpours <--- bad combination with this size tarp, but for most of my uses it is great!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bucky Katt View Post
    Has anyone had experience using the Etowah Outfitters Tarp? I saw an 8x10 of this tarp --it appeared to be a gray silnylon material. Was quite lightweight...and very expensive.

    I was just wondering if anyone has tried it and if they find it to be worth the money?

    Also, in that size, it is one that you could use for hammock camping as well as a tarp tent shelter, if need be, correct?

    Is 8x10 big enough to afford good weather protection? I'm having difficulty visualizing this.

    Thanks!
    I have the 8 x 10 EO tarp (silnylon). Used it as a tarp tent and as a tarp for about 150 miles on the AT in April/May 2007. Worked well. Much lighter than my one-man tent. Have used it with my HULBA but found it to be too small for my wants. I think it cost me about $95 while on the trail - (no competition for pricing).

    I have since switched to an OES SpinnUL 10 x 11. Much better tarp IMO and lower weight for bigger coverage. No more sagging edges or ridge line when wet.
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    I'm using the 10' x 10' Etowah Standard Backpacking Tarp. I think Etowah lists the weight at 18 oz. I like the extra coverage over the 8' x 10'. If you are thinking of an Etowah contact these guys. I have no affiliation with them other than they are hammock campers and have treated me very well!

    http://www.bigrockoutfitters.com/ind...oducts_id=8747

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    Quote Originally Posted by redbank View Post
    I'm using the 10' x 10' Etowah Standard Backpacking Tarp. I think Etowah lists the weight at 18 oz. I like the extra coverage over the 8' x 10'. If you are thinking of an Etowah contact these guys. I have no affiliation with them other than they are hammock campers and have treated me very well!

    http://www.bigrockoutfitters.com/ind...oducts_id=8747

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    That's 18oz for the 6x10. The 10x10 is listed at 29oz. For what that tarp is made from, if it were 18oz it would have to be filled with helium. Hmm... maybe I'm on to something. And it could double as stove fuel...

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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    That's 18oz for the 6x10. The 10x10 is listed at 29oz. For what that tarp is made from, if it were 18oz it would have to be filled with helium. Hmm... maybe I'm on to something. And it could double as stove fuel...

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    Howdy Scittlefield!

    I grabbed the ultralite tarp specs by mistake, sorry about that. Here are the ultralite specs, followed by the standard tarp.

    UL-
    6' x 10'
    12 Tabs
    Weight: 9 oz
    MSRP: $78.00 Each
    8' x 10'
    12 Tabs
    Weight: 13oz
    MSRP: $98.00 Each
    10'x 10'
    16 Tabs
    Weight: 18 oz
    MSRP: $118.00 Each

    Standard Tarps-
    8' x 10', 12 tabs, Weight: 24 oz, MSRP: $46.00
    10' x 10', 16tabs, Weight:32 oz, MSRP $52.00
    12' x 10', 16 tabs, Weight: 40 oz, MSRP $58.00

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    I too have a 8x10 Etowah. I beefed up the ridge line tabs and really like the tarp. Got it from https://end2endtrailsupply.com/Home_Page.html. George is great to deal with.

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