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    Senior Member brohawk's Avatar
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    Not at all, I like the extra coverage. I found it's enough overhang that I was able to ditch my tarps with doors.
    Some days I can't tell whether I found a rope or lost a horse...

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    Senior Member dakotaross's Avatar
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    I use a 12' Toxaway on the 10.5 custom hammock and recently used it on a 10' Bonefire. If you're not married to having the suspension lines go through a V in tarp tie outs, then there is no effect, or its the same effect as with a shorter tarp. But I have always hung my large tarp high because, well, its large so what do I care about weather coverage and being pulled down on me? So my V (stingers) is sufficiently high enough for the suspension to go through without issue.
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    I say, half tongue in cheek, that you can't have too large of a tarp. The limiting factor, as mentioned above, is for full extension, you need a greater distance than you would otherwise need to hang a shorter tarp. I'm not a gram weenie; but, I cut weight in other areas. With the weight of modern tarps, I always go for as much coverage as I can get. Of course I prefer, weather permitting, hangin out in the wind with a clear view of the stars.
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    My tarp is 12x10 and I have a 10' hammock. A couple of times the tarp ends were very close to the tree, but I figure if I need too, I can rotate it 90 and use the 10' side between the trees.

    - Clyde

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    For me, it's all about the doors, not the length. Even a small flap like the Warbonnet Minifly makes a world of difference leaving you much less exposed.

    I have one 12' tarp and that extra foot is really noticeable when setting up. Thinking back on some trips, there would have been several occasions where I couldn't have fit it properly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by OneClick View Post
    For me, it's all about the doors, not the length. Even a small flap like the Warbonnet Minifly makes a world of difference leaving you much less exposed.

    I have one 12' tarp and that extra foot is really noticeable when setting up. Thinking back on some trips, there would have been several occasions where I couldn't have fit it properly.

    This ^^^^ is one of the reasons I moved away from 12' tarps. No doubt they were caverns, but tree selection became so critical, the trade off wasn't worth it. At this point, I have two tarps, both with doors. The weight penalty for the doors (very little given they are both cuben tarps), make it almost senseless to consider adding a doorless tarp.
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    I use a UGQ Winterdream 13’
    Love it. Never an issue, nor is finding trees in Michigan ... different story in the lower elevations in Arizona.

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