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    Dutch Tarp Flies vs Nite Ize Small Figure 9s w. Zing-It

    I'm building my first DIY tarp... a modified Hex 12 kit from RSBR. I'm trying to figure out what hardware to use for suspending it, debating between Dutch's Tarp Flies and the Nite Ize small Figure 9. A pair of 9s is 1/3 the price of the Flies and only slightly heavier. However, I'm concerned about the teeth they have causing wear on the Zing-It I'm using for my guy lines. Thoughts?

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    I like knots but if I were to choose hardware I'd go with the Dutchware. I've never been a fan of the teeth on the Nite-Ize figure 9's. I've not used the mini ones but I have some bigger figure 9's and the teeth just feel a little too sharp for my liking. I've used them but not enough to show signs of wear. If I can eliminate a source of potential line damage then I will.
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    I used both figure 9s and Dutch blings for my tarps. I prefer Fleaz (MUS060.1single $4.85). The figure 9s teeth get caught in my snake skins.

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    Tarp Flyz on zingit around trees and small plastic Figure 9s on the for guy lines. I haven't seen any wear after 4 years and they work great. FAST adjustments in cause you need to tighten or move out stakes.

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    I purchased two packs of the figure 9 tent line kit (http://www.amazon.com/dp/B001R1CQQW) a few years ago to use with my guy lines and they are great. plastic but lite and do the job. I just wrap around the leg an extra couple of times to make sure it doesn't slip out. I found a set of aluminum Figure 9s that same size at a Thrifty's Drug store when I was visiting California and use one for my tarp ridgeline. No complaints so far!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bubba View Post
    I like knots but if I were to choose hardware I'd go with the Dutchware. I've never been a fan of the teeth on the Nite-Ize figure 9's. I've not used the mini ones but I have some bigger figure 9's and the teeth just feel a little too sharp for my liking. I've used them but not enough to show signs of wear. If I can eliminate a source of potential line damage then I will.
    I like knots, but I stress a bit about getting my tarp up quickly. I like using hardware to help me get up really, really fast without fumbling with knots. I've also found that the right hardware helps me get the tarp centered quickly, also. Easy to adjust. (I could probably do all that same stuff with knots if I was using the right ones.)

    Fleaz look like the ticket.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammockCanoe View Post
    I used both figure 9s and Dutch blings for my tarps. I prefer Fleaz (MUS060.1single $4.85). The figure 9s teeth get caught in my snake skins.
    Great consideration. I'm making NoSeeUm snake skins for this tarp... first time I've used a tarp that's not a diamond config and the first time I've used skins. I sure haven't thought about the hardware causing problems in the snake skins.

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    I started with Figure Nines but, liked the Tarp Flyz much better. I have switched to Stingerz, initially so I could move them from one tarp to the next. Now I prefer the Stingerz as they are easier for my ogre-like fingers to manipulate.
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    I ordered a pair of Fleaz... I'll set them up with continuous loops hooked to my tarp ridgeline D-rings. This will mimic the system I've used on my diamond tarp and keep the setup process that I'm used to... but will be smaller, lighter and more durable. Crazy. My hope (may be kidding myself) is that I'm losing enough weight in certain areas of my gear to allow me the extra weight of a larger tarp and end up with a net zero gain. We'll see...

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