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  1. #1
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    I am new to the hammock scene. I recently picked up a Nano 7, with whoopie sling suspension. Almost fell asleep yesterday laying in the back yard first time using it. I have an email in to PapaSmurf to snag a BugSock and now I need a tarp!

    I do not want to spend $200-300 just yet, so Cuben is out of the question for right now. Basically looking to spend under $100, stay under 10oz, and provide some decent coverage from weather. Just an overall good first tarp for the UL hammocker.

    Currently leaning towards the MadCat, can't decide on Micro or Standard. The MLD and Warbonnet Asyms also interest me.

    What does everyone think?

    MLD UL Spin - 4.4oz - $90 (I like the weight, but will I like the coverage and pitch?)
    http://www.mountainlaureldesigns.com...roducts_id=149

    OES MadCat Micro Sil - 7.4oz - $65 (Going to be enough coverage?)
    OES MadCat Standard Sil - 10.2oz - $95 (Worth the extra 3oz over the micro?)
    http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier....ccat_tarps.php

    Warbonnet Asym-Diamond Sil - 7.5oz - $75
    http://warbonnetoutdoors.com/tarps.php

    Wilderness Logics - TadPole Sil - 9.7oz - $80 (Recommended by NewtonGT, looks to be a nice tarp)
    http://wildernesslogics.com/Tad-Pole-Tad-Pole.htm
    Last edited by inabag; 06-27-2011 at 14:43.

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    Senior Member NewtonGT's Avatar
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    I think they are all great choices but you also can consider the wildernesslogics tadpole tarp. I believe it has as much coverage as the standard maccat. its under 10oz and its 80 dollars!
    Dale Gribble: I'm thinking, "new hammock." For me, laying and swaying in a hammock is like a steady morphine drip without the risk of renal failure.

    Randy : yea but just remember yer roots and where ya come from....you got Hennessy in yer blood son......

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    I have the OES Standard (in Spinn) and it offers great coverage. Very well made. That said, I don't think you can go wrong with any of the contenders on your list.
    Syb
    Enjoy the elevation

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    I'd go with the OES Standard or WL Tadpole. I like the coverage over weight.
    Don't let life get in the way of living.

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    Senior Member Backtrack's Avatar
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    Tadpole works for me....

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    Senior Member R00K's Avatar
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    The gear road is long and full of back tracking - do yourself a favor - if you wont spring for cuben now, get the cheapest reasonable option available to you, let's say the OES Micro. That way when you want the $300 cuben tarp, you're only $65 in the gear hole

    I knew I'd never be satisfied until I had a cuben tarp with good coverage, so I camped with a $20 6-person tent footprint for half a year and saved. It's worth saving.
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    Senior Member shumway's Avatar
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    I like the coverage options of the Warbonnet superfly, but that one exceeds both your weight and price requirements.
    When I was hanging under mine this weekend the wind was pretty annoying until I closed up the tarp doors.

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    Senior Member burleyolebear's Avatar
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    There's always the DIY option: http://www.diygearsupply.com
    That and lots of other sites that have raw materials. I made(my wife taught me a lot about sewing that weekend) a 10X12 "Winter Dream" for about $35. It weighs about 17OZ.

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    burleyolebear, are there build instructions out there for the Winter Dream or did you just go off the dimensions found in the gallery? I searched but all I could find was the stuff in the gallery.
    Last edited by wedenj; 09-06-2011 at 23:39.

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    I'll add on to this question rather than make a new thread asking basically the same thing.

    I'm ready to buy a new tarp.

    I want it big and I want it Cuben!

    I originally hoped to make it myself but it sounds like there's little savings and I don't want my first cuben project to be that big and costly.

    I want something big enough I can set it up without the hammock and hang out inside with a friend or two playing cards or whatever when we need to get wait out a shower or storm.

    I don't think I need doors but might make them myself later on. That will give me some options based on weather conditions.

    I've seen so many of these things in videos and on the forum I don't even know where to start now. What specific tarps would you guys suggest?

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