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    What tarp to buy?

    So, I just ordered my Warbonnet BB and now need a tarp. I don't want to spend much more then $75ish, but want something with good protection and little weight. Is 8x 10 a good starting point? Bigger? Smaller? What would you guys recommend? Any sales? Maybe a website with military discounts available (active duty Air Force)?

    I've been checking the For Sale section daily trying to leap on a deal with no luck yet.

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    I started with an 10x12 equinox PU coated nylon tarp. A bit heavy but a great tarp. I eventually went bigger and lighter with a Superfly. Lots of great tarps out there. The Guide Gear 12X12 are great if you can grab one when they are available.Usually 20-30 bucks. Here is a pic of the Equinox(green) and a Guide Gear 12X12(white) that Paul Zissou had at the Ohio winter hang.
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    If you can go a little more than $75 the MacCat Standard would be an awesome choice

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    if your going to spend $75 i would recommend just going ahead and spending a bit more (another $35-40) and get something that you won't need or want to replace in the near future

    and go with a BMJ from warbonnet or maybe something from OES

    if you don't care about weight kelty makes the Noah that might work for you

    then there is also the Chinook tarp and this one if you can find it when it's instock

    hope this helps some

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    I am very happy with the guide gear, just had to sew on some tieouts so i could pitch it A-frame style like in the picture, and after that its been on.

    Here is a link to where I bought mine but it seems like they are out of stock... :/ You could probably google 'Guide gear tarp' and find a retailer...

    http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/c....aspx?a=254694
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    $75 Tadpole Tarp would be a great choice! Great people to deal with. http://www.wildernesslogics.com/Tad-Pole-Tad-Pole.htm

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    Whatever you pick make sure its as long as your hammock.. think your hammock is 11' so an 8x10 wont work
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    Quote Originally Posted by Slo View Post
    Whatever you pick make sure its as long as your hammock.. think your hammock is 11' so an 8x10 wont work
    I would go with the ridge line length of your hammock (if you have one) and then add about 12" to each end for decent coverage. So for most hammocks that is usually an 11' ridge line length. So a 10'x8' tarp will work fine unless you are out in some heavy downpours.

    Another option in the value tarps is the Chinook 12'x9'6" tarp. It is usually around $30 US when it is available.

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    If you aren't in a big hurry I would just keep checking the FS section. Otherwise I agree you might as well do your research and pay a few extra bucks for a decent tarp setup that you don't need to replace. The other advantage besides stellar quality and customer service is you could easily sell your tarp on HF!

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    Hey Beatle, the WBBB has an 99" ridgeline (unless Brandon switched back to 100") so with a 10' x 8' you still have 20" to spare in ridge length coverage. I'd say for that hammock that's the shortest I'd go. The shorter you go, the more precise your setup must be. Ill tell you my opinion on some tarps that are similar to your price range, light weight and top quality.

    It all depends on what you do and what seasons you plan to go out in. Car camp or backpack? If you car camp you might as well care less about weight. For me around your budget I'd get...

    MacCat micro $65 (10' x 5' hex tarp) for long hikes in non storm conditionswhere time spent at camp is minimal aside from sleeping.

    MacCat standard $95 (10'5" x 7" hex tarp) for a great 3 season type tarp. This is my go to. I've had it in rough storms and set up correctly, it fairs very well. The steep ridge cat cuts may not do so well for misty wind blown rain, blown snow, or cold winds. I love the dimensions and think a perfect go to tarp would be the same size but as a rectangle where corner could be folded in as doors. Still might not be the best for cold windy conditions.

    Warbonnet superfly $130 (11' x 10' w/doors), or OES 4 seaon, wilderness logics old man winter. These are all 4 season tarps that will take care of you year round in all conditions. That many tie outs can be a pain I think but if you can only have one, this may be the way to go.

    Keep in mind the for sale section. Great deal can be had. Just saw a standard go for $65. There's plenty more tarps out there too I didn't mention. Also people like Brian at OES and the guys at wilderness logics will make you a custom tarp if none fit your need. Good luck. I like tarps too much, haha.

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