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    the transparency of a cuben fiber tarp

    So, I did a nice almost 20 mile hike Tuesday with temps in the mid to upper 80's and very humid. Downed a lot of fluids throughout the day, and especially once in camp for the night. This, of course, led to a 1 am wake up call to visit a man about a mule....

    Upon waking I take a few seconds to get my bearings. My tarp is in porch mode and I can see, without light, to my left just fine off into the woods. When I look to my right I wonder why it's foggy. The confusion rattles in my brain for a few minutes as to why I'm in the middle of fog on the right and clear on the left. Then I wake a little more to the realization that I'm looking through the cuben fiber tarp that's giving a "foggy" impression. Got a little laugh outta that one!

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    Not being a morning person, I generally sleep in such that it shortens my time on the trail. I can see where a cuben tarp could change all that ... I'm just not sure whether it's a good change or a bad change
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    I use my Buff as a blind-fold so I can sleep in past the first light of morning. If/When I get a CF tarp, this practice will not change.
    I ride a recumbent.
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    Of course I sleep in a hammock!

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    I wouldn't have minded a little sleeping in too, except when ya' gotta go, ya' gotta go!

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    The pics I've seen through the cuben tarps makes me want one... I like the muted, foggy, dreamy look...
    "truth is uncontainable, and inexpressible. It neither is nor is not.
    This unformulated principle is the foundation of the different systems of all the sages."
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    I like hanging without a tarp so I can look around, but I like having a tarp for privacy and weather protection. CF is the solution
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    Cool Story I can see how that could happen, haha

    My CF tarp is not that transparent. I guess it depends on who's tarp you buy.
    It does let a lot of light thru and to fix that I usually sleep with a stocking cap
    and have it pulled over my eyes.


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    i woke up and saw the full moon overhead. thought my tarp was gone. now that im used to it i like it.
    "Tenting is equivalent to a bum crawling into a cardboard box, hammocking is an art" KK

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    The transparency of the cuben tarp has only been a problem one time. 2sticks (daughter) was using the cuben tarp while playing with her Gameboy. The light from the game made the cuben tarp a huge spotlight for all the bugs to see. You could hear the bugs hitting the tarp like rain.

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    I actually like the transparency for that early morning sun to come gently through the tarp, much easier on the eye adjustment than without it, at least for me!

    Now I wonder what it does for the "Early Riser's" on the trail? Do they get a faster start in the morning?
    "yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift---thats why its called a present" - Master Oogway
    It's always best if your an early riser!

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