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    DCF tarp storage options..

    I've gone down the Snake Skin rabbit hole, and finding I am not so enamored by them, I've tried two piece and one piece, DCF and noseeum... Pros and cons to all.

    I am rethinking how to pack me tarps.

    I have a HG Standard with doors and a HG Palace. I'd prefer to use just a simple DCF double ended stuff sack and would like to simply stuff the tarps in randomly, as I do with my hammocks, gradually gathering the tarp with my fingers and sort of inch-worming it in. This creates no creases.

    Considering the snake skins just scrunch the tarps inside, I can't see there being any issue with doing the same in a stuff sack.

    Does anyone else do as I describe? Am I missing anything critical?
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    I used mesh snake skins to the tarp can at least dry a bit when wet. Creases will not hurt these tarps.

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    Sounds like a real pain in the butt, but variety is the spice of life (for some).
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    I used a tarp for over 20 years before discovering snake skins.
    I just folded it up (making sure that the guy lines and any moisture were on the inside) and stuffed it in my pack.
    Now that I've matured a little, if I wasn't using snake skins I would fold/stuff it into a waterproof bag and then into my pack.

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    Neither the snake skins nor random stuffing will create creases, so that's a non-issue. For how I store the snake skinned tarp, the mesh is a serious pain in the butt.. My experience with the noseeum skins I've used is that they are too slippery.


    Gotta do what works for you.. the snake skins are a pain for how I like to handle and store my gear. I've been using a double ended stuff sack for my SillPoly tarps for years. Got away from that when I moved to DCF.
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    I do a combination. I have my tarp in a snakeskin for ease of setup and take down, and if wet, I can drape on the outside of the pack to help it dry. With the snakeskin on, and the tarp dry, I stuff it into the stuff sack (which consequently means the stakes don't have room) to make it easier to get into and out of my pack and for closet storage.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tsshaw78 View Post
    I do a combination. I have my tarp in a snakeskin for ease of setup and take down, and if wet, I can drape on the outside of the pack to help it dry. With the snakeskin on, and the tarp dry, I stuff it into the stuff sack (which consequently means the stakes don't have room) to make it easier to get into and out of my pack and for closet storage.

    This is exactly where I ended up..
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    I’ve tried it all. Currently using 1 piece mesh snakeskin and dcf stuff sack. Ask me in a few months and I’ll probably have changed.

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    I use split no-see-um snake skins. They are not nearly as slippery on the DCF as they are on sil tarps.
    There are 2 reasons why I donít use a double ended stuff sack: 1. Sometimes I keep it in the skins and sleep with it like that just in case it rains. 2. The DCF ďbrickĒ that it makes with my end lines wrapped around it packs nicely in my side pocket.




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    I have a HG palace and use a single mesh skin for the tarp. I have a light weight bag I can put the tarp, and stakes in. Then store it all in the mesh pocket on my ULA Circuit to carry it. I like the single mesh skin. My other tarp has split snake skin that met in the middle. I like the single better.


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