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    What material to use for tarp tie outs?

    I am working on setting up my HG cuben tarp for this summer, and need to add some tie outs. I am curious what people use for tie outs including lengths. I am thinking about putting some shock cord on the doors for ease of use. Advice?

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    Most folks use Zing-it. I've used paracord, braided Mason line, nite-ize reflective green line and Zing-it. I prefer Zing-it. 4-6 feet on your guy lines will work fine. I have the same Tarp and, in my opinion, I wouldn't bother with the shock cord. It's kind of unnecessary with cuben. I also use the mini line locs as tensioners. They work fantastically well. Attach them directly to your Tarp tie outs with a larks-headed continuous loop of Zing-it.

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    You can go a few different directions. Lash-it Zing-it, any of the Spectra, Techline, Lawson Glowire, Speer NoTangle. You can even use cheaper multipurpose cordage, but I doubt you'll do that to CF.

    Shock cord on the doors? Maybe, if it helps the doors work better for you, but no need on the tie outs. No stretch to CF. No need for line tensioners.

    I use g2outdoors method, only I larkshead a prussic to each tie-out, and use those instead of the linelocs, Same concept, adjustable from underneath the tarp.

    I do carry extra cordage, but my fixed tie outs, run two to a side. A set of 12' on one side and 4' on the other. One side of my tarp is always battened down, and the other wants porch mode
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    All the above will work. Just stay away from braided mason line. Plenty strong and dirt cheap. Only problem is that it tangles any chance it gets. After a year of playing with it on my tarps for tie out lines I am going back to Zing It and Lawson's.

    I do still use the braided mason line for making prusiks as it tends to grip better with Zing It ect IMO
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    I used to use braided mason line and I agree with gunner, it LOVES to tangle. I now use something I bought off of a member on the FS forum called Z-Line which is spectra and I really like it a lot. I've got shock cord tensioners on 10' lengths at the corners so that I can do porch on either side easily. I use very small line, I think this is it:

    http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/spectra_cord.shtml

    I'm still using the mason line for my continuous ridgeline and I can't wait to swap with lash it because I of the tangle factor.

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    I have not figured out yet what I want to go with long term, but in the meantime I found the package of four nightize with the plastic figure 9s works good temporarily ( two packs). Eight feet each. I bought at Dicks sporting goods.

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    I have a pair of those I was going to use to make a packable hiking run to stick Cody on while in camp. He got to go Dutch instead and some of that snazzy Lawson Glowire.

    Not sure what that stuff is that comes with them. Looks like some of the cheaper cordage you might get with a WW or Kmart tent.
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