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    Minifly or Thunderfly?

    I would like to ask the minifly owners/users that after a few adventures are still excited about the sexy and light coverage or do yas wish you went for the 12inches extra offering in the thunderfly?

    I own a silnylon Superfly and thinking of upgrading to a lighter and smaller one for three season fun!

    I would also appreciate the opinions of the experienced tarpers that may own something else!

    Thanks in advance...
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    I debated the Thunderfly a lot. I've had the superfly and mamajamba for about 5 years now.

    I have my tarps up in porch mode most of the time, so the width is what sells it for me. That's what's keeping my gear and general area dry.

    Mamajamba: 10' wide (60" per side)
    Thunderfly: 8.58' wide (51" per side)
    Minifly: 7.58' wide (45.5" per side)

    I could probably give up 9" of "roof" since I'm getting a little bit of end coverage with the half doors, but that's the most I'm willing to go. 15" shorter with the Minifly I couldn't do.

    It's a fine balancing act of protecting the sides, ends, or both. That's why a lot of people just go big with the Superfly and forget it. But I do like to trim down for fair weather...it makes sense to have two or more tarps IMO.

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    Does the Minifly have the same vertical drop in the half-doors at the end (about 16" down from the RL tie-out, IIRC) as the half-doors on the Thunderfly?
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    Quote Originally Posted by kitsapcowboy View Post
    Does the Minifly have the same vertical drop in the half-doors at the end (about 16" down from the RL tie-out, IIRC) as the half-doors on the Thunderfly?
    It looks like less comparing the photos, but can't say how much. Maybe Brandon can chime in. I may shoot an email to see.

    From the WB website:

    Thunderfly


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    Now that I look at these photos, though, the Minifly doesn't look to skimpy to me. Decisions...

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneClick View Post


    Now that I look at these photos, though, the Minifly doesn't look to skimpy to me. Decisions...
    But sufficiently skimpy... right?

    For someone prioritizing porch mode, the Thumderfly seems like a no-brainer.

    For someone who wants good added weather protection in a minimalist hex tarp, the Minifly seems like a very viable choice.

    When Brandon first debuted these models, I didn't see the point in two different half-door tarps, but now that I understand the dimensions a bit better, I can see his reasoning.
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    It really depends on how close this is hung to the hammock. I typically keep a good distance. Photos can be deceiving, but I like the looks of both of these! There were times where I think just a few inches of door would make a difference.

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    Looks like the Thunderfly has a bit more peak/door and width of 103" at 14.9 ozs for silnylon.
    The Mini is 91" wide and the peaks look a bit smaller. 13 ounces in Silnylon. 11.75 in Silpoly 20D
    I'll be reviewing the Minify in 20D down the road a bit.
    Either will work in porch mode.
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    Check out the weight of this just received Minifly! Looks very, very promising for use in a LD hike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Slack Packhiker View Post
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    Check out the weight of this just received Minifly! Looks very, very promising for use in a LD hike.
    Thatís 12.4 ounces, 351 grams for those interested in other units.

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