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    Transparent Tarp

    I'm curious to see if anyone has ever used a somewhat transparent Rip-stop Nylon for making tarps? Tarps are a must have on several occasions, but I also want to see out into the trees as I sway to and fro. I was searching for a weather resistant material that would also be transparent and light weight. I came across this material. Has anyone else found anything that would fit this purpose, perhaps something more local?

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    You could always just leave the tarp stowed away when the weather isn't rainy....

    The closest thing to what you're talking about is probably cuben fiber. It isn't quite transparent, though.
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    somewhere in the gallery is a pic of a see-thru tarp. I don't remember who posted it but I do remember seeing it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    I think you may mean Cannibal's mylar tarp.



    I don't recall how durable it turned out to be...?
    I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt. - Cormac McCarthy

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    somewhere in the gallery is a pic of a see-thru tarp. I don't remember who posted it but I do remember seeing it.
    Well, my feelings are hurt.

    I've got one made from a clear mylar that I ordered from a kite site (fun to say). It has some issues to be sure, but it's a tarp I enjoy taking from time to time. It's heavy(ish). It does not compress, lead has greater compression abilities. It also distorts the landscape significantly. If something is just on the other side of it, you can see clearly. If it is several feet away, you see a blob.

    I never sleep in with this tarp, unless it is a heavily overcast morning.

    Here are a couple of pics from my gallery with Genuine Draft modeling :





    I like this one.






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    cuben is trans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    I think you may mean Cannibal's mylar tarp.



    I don't recall how durable it turned out to be...?
    Yeppers.... that's the one. I looked for it as well but you beat me to it.
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    I don't recall how durable it turned out to be...?
    Little bit over a year now (I think) and probably about 30 nights spent under it. Still holding-up very well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    Well, my feelings are hurt.
    well at least I remembered the pic. I almost said it was yours but I wasn't sure so rather than make a fool of myself... well... nevermind
    I may be slow... But I sure am gimpy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    well at least I remembered the pic. I almost said it was yours but I wasn't sure so rather than make a fool of myself... well... nevermind
    I see how you are. I take some time away from HF and you guys forget all about me.
    I'm obviously J/K. I'm lucky if I remember 0.05% of the posters of pictures on this site. There are just too many to keep straight.
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