Ok, this thread will hurt to type, and for some it will hurt to read. This is because I will be sleeping on the ground for a few months here in the future.
I am planning on hiking the CDT in 2011. That means I will be using a ground setup for that hike. So I am looking at what tarptent to get. I know whiteblaze has more experienced people to give this advice, but I honestly just don't really like many of the people on that site. They are angry about everything and turn everything into an argument. So I bring this question to the level heads here.
First, it's hard to search for all of the different makers of tarp tents. Googling it usually just brings up Henry Shires. So what different makers are out there? I know of Shires, Six Moon, Mt Laurel, Anti Gravity Gear, and Black Diamond. Did I miss any?
Now to my thread title. I am considering getting a custom tarptent made. There are a few tents that I like, but they lack a feature or two that I would preffer. What would yall reccomend on tarp material? Sil, spinn, or cuben. Does anyone know the weight differences of the three after treatment?
Also, I am thinking of having a tyvek bathtub floor instead of the usual sil or coated nylon that most of them offer. Would this be waterproof enough that I won't need a groundsheet?
Weight will be my biggest concern for this hike. I am hoping to get my big three down to around 5 or 6 pounds. Thanks for any suggestions and help.