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    Hex vs. Diamond Tarp

    Used a drawing program (TouchDraw for iPad) to analyze the differences in tarp coverage. The hammock in the pics has an 8' structural ridge line. The tarps are 10' and 12' long hexes and diamonds.

    With both types you have to hang the longer tarps higher to clear the hammock suspension. With the hex you still get a good bit more coverage from the 12' long version despite it being higher. Interestingly even the 12' diamond still leaves you fairly exposed.

    Of course real world experience is better than drawings but hopefully the comparison is still useful.

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    looks about right to me. Everything is fine with the diamond until the wind gets involved. ;-)

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    Cool Ron

    I'm a visual person so love visuals.
    This helps a lot


    thanks, Eh!
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    Ron,

    You got it right, the other thing that could be noted is something with a 11ft ridge, as the Speer winter tarp is 11ft, the OES Deluxe is 130" so that equates to what something like 10'8" or so, and the Warbonnet Mambajamba and Superfly are both a 11ft ridge! If you were to plug this in it might change the view on the amount of coverage? Also there are some Diamond/Asym tarps now with a 11' ridge or so, so this might change the amount of side coverage as the tarp can be closer to the suspension!?
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    Good point CB. I went with 10' and 12' to better emphasize the differences. May add the 11' tarps to the graphic to represent the tarps you list.
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    OK. To better represent available tarps, here are 10, 11 and 12 foot hex tarps overlaid.

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    That is very cool Ron. Thanks for the illustration, I'm glad I went with the 12' tarp.

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    Excellent work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    OK. To better represent available tarps, here are 10, 11 and 12 foot hex tarps overlaid.

    There was something bugging me about this picture, and I couldn't figure out what it was. Then I noticed that the tarps would have to be different widths or pitched at different angles to all end up with their edges at the same place. Here is a similar diagram, except with the tarp widths held the same for the different lengths.



    To me, it would seem that a longer tarp would have to be wider or pitched steeper to get equivalent coverage in the middle. Pitching the tarp steeper is easier with a long tarp on a short hammock because you have more clearance. However, if you're using a long tarp with a long hammock, you way want to go wider as well.

    Of course, this is all in theory, so anyone with more experience with different size tarps (almost any of you, haha ) feel free to correct me.
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