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    Minifly Tarp is a good evolvement of the Edge tarp

    Took the Minifly out this weekend on an overnight trip. I have been using the Thunderfly since it provided more coverage in a very similar size and weight. My most used tarp has been the Warbonnet Edge tarp (I have 2).

    The features about the Thunderfly that I love is that slightly larger cooking area in front of your hammock as well as more coverage on the end if you need to pull the doors out for some reason also in porch mode and really open it up. I needed to do this when 2/3rds of my hang spot was a pool of water.

    So - what did I learn about the Minifly in our downpour this weekend?

    It reminded me that I have been in my most heavy rain storms in the Warbonnet Edge tarp that is the same as the mini without the doors. So. In that regard the mini really gave me that extra coverage on the ends that gave a solid confidence in coverage where with the Edge without the doors you seemed to always be checking your ends to make sure nothing is blowing in. And it never was!

    Now back to the Minifly. When the rain hit us it hit fast and hid volumes. We were soaked when we found a good spot to set up. The tarps when up first of course and at this time I really wished I had brought my Thunderfly. But that extra confidence in a larger tarp isn't always a good thing and getting out of your comfort zone is part of the fun for going.

    Sitting under Minifly I was surprised that I actually liked the larger view and smaller tarp once I was under it.

    After setting up the rain kept steady and going in and out of the tarp was needed to finish setting up everything and getting some warm hot chocolate going to warm up.

    The look on my face can tell you I had all the confidence in the world that the Minifly was again maybe going to be my most used tarp just like my Edge was before I got the Thunde and Mini.



    What I preferred about the Mini to the Thunder was the ease of moving in and out of it. The shorter doors and shorter sides made it easier to duck under and be able to see more surroundings while under plenty of cover. I was testing my buddies Thunderfly to make sure I was not going crazy thinking this. It really was just the coverage I needed and could zip in and out super easy while having adequate coverage and never worried about rain getting in at all.







    Before going to bed the wind picked up a lot so I lowered the tarp and got the back side blocking all I could and went to bed.



    Stayed warm all night and slept confident.




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    Good photos of a nice looking site. Good explanations with useful comparisons of different tarps. Thanks for posting.

    Is that a deflated tarp on the ground in the last pic?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Watertooner View Post
    Good photos of a nice looking site. Good explanations with useful comparisons of different tarps. Thanks for posting.

    Is that a deflated tarp on the ground in the last pic?
    HA HA. I had to look and see what you meant. It is a flat rock that is moss on it

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    Great review.

    The benefits of a big tarp are obvious, but other than lighter weight, the benefits of a smaller tarp aren't. You make a good case.

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    Great review / comparison of smaller to larger tarps! I have a large winter tarp for New England which is more of a bomb shelter for winter storms in freezing weather. But it is heavy and I look forward to changing back to my small Cuben tarp whenever I backpack.

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    Good to see it's not just me. Lots of photos I see use a rope around the tree to tie out the doors. I never realized that until I set mine up...usually not enough room to get a stake into the ground. That's fine; works well and no extra stakes.

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    Thank you for the great review. The photos really help tell your story. The Edge was my first tarp, and is my loaner tarp when I take others out with me. Glad to see the Edge live on, even if it has evolved wings .
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