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    Superfly most of the time for me unless I am being ultralight then I'll take my Mountainfly. My SLD Winterdream with the internal pole mods is the airplane hangar of a tarp when I want a ton of room for nasty weather and when I'm not putting in big miles. The attached picture is a good way to visualize the different widths of Warbonnet tarps (with the Superfly being wider than all three of these). I always recommend the pole mod with a Warbonnet tarp - doesn't add a ton of weight and opens it up a good bit.

    Tarp-Comparison-01-768x512.jpg

  2. #12
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    Feb 2016
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    Louisiana
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    Superfly vs Mountainfly vs Thunderfly

    Superfly is like a palace! it's really nice to have hiking buddies come hang out under the tarp with you. most of my friends sleep in tents. when it rains I still get to hang out with them under my big tarp. thunderfly is more than enough tarp to keep you dry and comfortable. I like having two tarps. a smaller one like a minifly or thunderdly for when I go solo and the weather is going to be reasonably nice. Superfly for when I know weather will be less than favorable AND I'm hiking with other friends.

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    Nice, thanks for all the feedback, everybody, this is extremely helpful!

  4. #14
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    Aug 2017
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    SE PA
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    I have both a superfly and the mountain fly. I really like that with the mountain fly I can simply duck under the door with out fiddling. In heavy duty weather it’s the superfly for sure.

    In there is to be no chance of weather i simply use a hex fly.
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  5. #15
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    I have an 11 foot Superfly and a 13 foot Thunderfly (got it for my Ridgerunner). I've had the Superfly for years, but got the Thunderfly in the last Black Friday sale, so I have less experience with it. I LOVE my Thunderfly. I also do love my Superfly, but I feel like the Thunderfly still gives me great coverage, and I prefer the half-sized doors because I can just duck under them. I've never had the Thunderfly in blowing rain, but I did have it on a trip where it rained literally the entire time, and I never felt like I didn't have enough coverage. I was as cozy and dry as could be underneath it. That being said, I am considering also buying a Mountainfly, because I want to try out silpoly (after all the sag I experienced with the silnylon on that rainy trip), and I want to get the center tie-outs and center pole mod (not available back when I got my Superfly, and not available now on the Thunderfly).

    In summary, both the Thunderfly and Superfly are solid tarps in my experience. The Superfly will give you more coverage from wind/blowing rain, but the half-doors in the Thunderfly are nice for giving you good coverage without getting in your way on entry/exit. The Thunderfly is my go-to tarp at this point (but I do have my eye on a Mountainfly).
    Last edited by bansheekitty; 05-25-2020 at 15:48.

  6. #16
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    Streetsboro, Ohio
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    I went through the same evaluation process earlier this year, I settled on a Superfly. The 2-6 oz weight difference between the 4 models wasn't that significant for a 250 lb hiker taking 2-3 day trips. It's nice to have the insurance coverage. The tarp is easy to set up and takes a minimal amount of pack space. I can set it up in porch mode if it's too hot, and, my final deciding factor, I got it on sale around $100 when Warbonnet had one of it's seasonal 30%+ sales. If I want to spare some seasonal weight, I may look at a Dyneema tarp with a simpler format later.

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