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    Future issues with this tarp?

    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    Hi everyone,

    Got this tarp awhile ago when it was on sale at amazon. Was hoping someone with some more experience than me is can give me some input if this will be sufficient to protect me in my warbonnet blackbird because I have never had to endure bad weather while in my hammock yet. I will be using this for backpacking and it will be my (only) protection for 2 months this summer as I go around to some parks on the west coast.

    Thanks!

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    In really bad weather the diamond doesn't offer a lot of protection, and at 20 oz that's a comparatively heavy tarp.

    I'd consider something like the HG Quest or at least a DW wide asym tarp for a fighting chance!
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    I have a closet full of $25 no-name Amazon tarps (well, some have names) like this. A diamond configuration won't protect you against blowing precipitation. While they say the tarp has a 2-year guarantee, I'll bet that the 190T PU-coated polyester fabric will wet through in anything but the lightest rain.

    Bottom line - a decent tarp costs $70 to $140. That took me a while to learn. At the very least I'd get a hex tarp like the HH Hex tarp ($79.95). A lot of people like the Kelty Noah 12 x 12 ($69.95 and sometimes cheaper on Amazon) - weighs a ton but should keep you dry. It seems people have a hard time getting the Kelty Noah 12 x 12 taut, from my observations, but as long as you're dry . . . .
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    Thanks to both of you for your responses! Checked out the HG and lead time is 2-3 weeks so that won't work. The DW doesn't have ship time but its price is getting up there ($90). Figured by your response I should just spend a little more and get a better tarp. Was looking at the WB Thunderfly, Minifly and mamajamba. Was leaning thunder fly but dunno if you guys (or anyone else) has a recommendation between these three.

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    The more doors, the better for me. If not the Superfly, I'd go for the Thunderfly.
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    You can’t go wrong with any of the Warbonnet tarps. Great products.

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