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  1. #71
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    Quote Originally Posted by S_Serpent View Post
    I do understand the hex tarp idea, and understand the rectangular tarp extra weight.
    But can't you just use the extra fabric to form either doors or back onto the tarp to simulate a hex?
    Or us it diagonal to make a asym tarp?

    Looking for flexibility with my tarp.


    Mil Poncho are small for trying this, you'll need 2, and trying this isn't there a chance you get water inside where they need to overlapped.
    As an undercover they could easily be used.
    I was thinking the same thing. These Tarp Extensions may be the answer: https://www.hammockforums.net/forum/...arp-extensions
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    I'm all onboard with the hex shapes. Last trip was my first time getting wet(must admit it was the first thunderstorm I hammocked through). It was also my third and last trip using a diamondish shaped tarp(10' square), I setup on the only pair of likely looking trees on the site and got the rain blowing in on one side of the tarp. If I had setup square I wouldn't have had the same problem, although the 10' rigdeline is very short for a WBBB XLC, and might have created different problems.
    If I had brought my heavier larger hex I would have dry I think, but it being the 1.5 times the weight of the square tarp I only use it care camping. Now my Superfly arrived I will always take that, cause it's lighter than the square and with better coverage.

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    Thank you so much for doing the drawings, they really helped this newbie get a better grasp on the subject.

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    Answered my questions. Thaks for doing this Knotty!

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    12' Diamond cat cut on the sides tarp will not work on a WB RR Bridge hammock. I have one and occasionally use it on gathered end hammock but little to no coverage on the outside ends of the RR centered in it without getting totally wet. Got wet too,,using it,, Nice drawings Knotty. Diamond tarp needs to be 13' or even 14' for effective coverage for me.

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    I use a square tarp that covers it all and then some. Wouldnt want the tree im hanging from to get wet now would I?

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    If you want light weight AND "just in case" coverage, then there is a place in the world for an Asym diamond like the standard HH. But the first time it really rained, after I had to carefully adjust the tarp position so everything was covered, I realized more was better. So I went to Hex's. And life was good - until ... I got in a situation where the wind was blowing parallel - through my tarp and I couldn't rotate my setup 90 degrees. So I learned about tarps with doors (either fixed or removeable). Of course each "step" increases pack bulk and weight. There are other "special purpose" situations too - like maybe the need for more privacy.

    So I wouldn't hearld hex's as the savior of the world. They have their place in the order of the universe as do the other designs. It's just that those "exceptional" situations (need for ultra light weight or extreme coverage) fall towards the ends of the bell curve so a Hex would be the choice for a larger number of situations.

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    This link is a tarp over lay comparison . Perhaps this helps someone http://theultimatehang.com/2013/03/h...ge-comparison/ tarp-comparison-outlines

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