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    Silpoly XL?

    Does anyone have any experience with this material for a tarp, in terms of durability, etc.? I'm coming from a very heavy Hennessy Hex fly that has been super durable...just a bit concerned about the durability of the 1.1 Silpoly for 4 season use...

    Thanks!

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    I have a 1.1 silpoly hex tarp I made that has held up really well. I have a silpoly XL asym tarp that I've barely used, but I don't see why there would be any difference in durability between the standard width and the XL. The primary tarp that I use is a 0.9 MEMBRANE silpoly tarp which has done well, but is subject to pinholes that I have to patch with tape or a dab of seam sealer. The silpoly 1.1 has never had that issue and seems to be more robust in terms of resisting pinhole type punctures. It's probably fair to say that the lighter you go, the steeper the tradeoffs in terms of durability, so it's about finding the point in weight vs durability vs cost that works in your case.
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    Made a tarp with SilPoly XL and it seems quite durable. just got back from a week in Quetico and the squirrels had a field day dropping pine cones on the tarp .... I admit i winced each time (and muttered a few choice words) but the tarp is fine and is still watertight.

    Brian

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    Thanks for the feedback guys

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