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    I'll go home and re-weigh it. I believe my 5.1oz number came from weighing it in the stuff sack with everything included. It has been a while though, so I will verify that memory for ya.


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    Great review, guys...can't wait for mine!
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    Do you have to run the ridgeline under the tarp, or can it be ran over?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    Do you have to run the ridgeline under the tarp, or can it be ran over?
    I've only used it under.

    An 'over' ridgeline doesn't offer any support along the length of the tarp, and to me seems essentially no different than not using any full ridgeline at all. That's fine on tarp with a sewn seam, but I'm hesitant to do that on a taped-seam of any material. There's just no benefit.

    I personally would use an 'under' ridgeline on any tarp with a taped-ridge seam.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ikemouser View Post
    Do you have to run the ridgeline under the tarp, or can it be ran over?
    Over or under, your preference. To get it really taut though I think under works better.


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    It's great to see another cuben tarp option out there, they are really coming out of the woodwork lately. No doubt Brian's workmanship will be top notch as always. I am a little wary of the 1K.08 fabric weight selection though. Time will tell on the reliability and durability of this approach. Ron Bell of MLD stopped using 1K.08 (~0.5oz/yd^2?) a while ago and will only warranty 2K.08 (~0.7oz/yd^2?) on any of his cuben tarp products. He probably has more field experience and customer feedback than just about anyone else when it comes to building cuben tarps. Nothing wrong with pushing the envelope on weight, but people will need to understand the compromises of what they are getting into.

    BTW, it does look like a beautifully made tarp.

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    man...thats a really nice looking tarp
    the weight is even better....might have to look into getting one once there for sale
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    Quote Originally Posted by drewboy View Post
    Nothing wrong with pushing the envelope on weight, but people will need to understand the compromises of what they are getting into.
    Absolutely, I was wary of it at first too. So far so good, and I'm not 'babying' the tarp.

    I will gladly update this thread if I run into any issues at all.
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    I'm also a proud owner of one of the 3 existing OES Cuben tarps. I can't say enough good things about it. Of course the construction is top notch and the thing is so light as to be almost non-existent in my pack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    I've only used it under.

    An 'over' ridgeline doesn't offer any support along the length of the tarp, and to me seems essentially no different than not using any full ridgeline at all. That's fine on tarp with a sewn seam, but I'm hesitant to do that on a taped-seam of any material. There's just no benefit.

    I personally would use an 'under' ridgeline on any tarp with a taped-ridge seam.
    It sounds like you're presuming that a taped seam is a potential weak point in the tarp's construction. I believe that it is substantially stronger than the surrounding area, especially with CT1K.08. That said, I use a Dynaglide ridgeline with my cuben tarp, and I run it under the tarp. The reason (I tell myself) is that I have 5 bungee Nacrabiners on the ridgeline, which I use to furl the tarp. When it's deployed they're useful to hang things from, so I move the ridgeline underneath. Also, my hammock attaches to the same ridgeline, and the connections can be under the tarp, too. Because the portion of the ridgeline between the hammock connections is taut, and the tarp connections are a couple of inches farther apart, the tarp is lightly resting on the ridgeline, not stretched over it. Still, it "seems stronger" having the ridgeline under the tarp, even if logic and experience suggest that it's not necessary.

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