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    Catenary VS. Rectangular Cut

    Yes, I am a noob.

    I was wondering what were the advantages of a CatCut tarp over a Rectangular cut tarp? or Vice Versa?

    I am looking to upgrade my HH Expedition tarp and wanted to know the details on cuts.

    Thanks in advance!
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    In a nutshell, cat cuts sacrifice a little bit of coverage but tend to give a tighter pitch so that the tarp edges don't flap in the wind.
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    And me being a tightwad ... I went with the 10x12 Equinox from Campmor.com. It's great and can be closed up on the ends. It's rectangular.

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    Thanks for clearing that up for me Frawg !

    I saw your tarp Hawk-eye. Very nice. I am considering it.

    Too many tarps !
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    Do not confuse a cat cut with a Hex cut. Just to muddy the waters a little more. Hex cut sacrifices coverage for a loss of weight but has straight sides as opposed to curved. The hex cut hangs tighter than a rectangular, in my experience but not as tight as a cat. The hex can have doors put on it to close up in the winter but without the doors it does not close as tight as a rectangular, if you can get it closed at all.
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    If you have a cat cut ridgeline and keep the doors with a straight cut, it keeps the tarp tight and still able to close off the doors.

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    I think everyone's pretty much covered it, but ...

    Catcut:
    - Advantage: Tighter pitch.
    - Disadvantage: Much harder to make, slightly less coverage.

    Rectangle:
    - Advantage: Slightly more coverage, better suited for different pitching options.
    - Disadvantage: Can be more flappy in the wind.
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