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    pros/cons of tarp over/under ridgeline

    Sorry if this has been discussed but I couldn't find any references with the search function.

    I was wondering about members' thoughts on hanging their tarp over the ridgeline or suspending it under the ridgeline. I have seen many pics of tarps hanging under the line and I can't get my head around why you would do this.

    Any input would be much appreciated as I went to a public school and slept through all my tarp hanging classes.

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    rain runoff .... when you put the RL under the tarp rain runoff from the line can run down the RL and drip on you getting you and your gear wet so when it's raining it's better to have it above your tarp .. thats why we do it this way
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    I reckon it's a very personal thing.

    I tried the ridge line above the tarp first because I thought the chafing would damage the tarp, so far I have been proven wrong....

    I tried the ridge line under the tarp and worried about rainwater (like G.L.P. mentioned), again I was proven wrong so far.....

    For now I mostly use the ridge line under the tarp so it holds up better shape with high winds (no real snow yet) and I can clip things on the ridge line.

    Mostly I first tie my ridge line and then throw my tarp over it and connect it to hooks on a prussikloop so I can tension it and center it where I want to.

    That way I am protected from rain if it starts pouring down to keep me and the gear as dry as possible. You learn the hard way doing this in rainy season in the tropics

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    I put my RL above my tarp...the Superfly has a catcut RL, and if you run your RL under the tarp, it flattens out the catcut and the tarp does not pitch nearly as tight. Plus, there is the water following your RL under your tarp thing...

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    I'm currently an under person. I like to be able to hang gear from the ridgeline if needed. No heavy downpours yet, so I've not experienced the water flow issue. We'll wait and see. I like the extra stability it give my tarp (no cat cut ridgeline).
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    I put my tarp over the ridgeline, but it does not have a cat-cut ridgeline. Just in case water would track under, I have a couple of pieces of cotton shoelace tied to the ridgeline, and position them just under the edge of the tarp as drip lines.

    The "over the line" approach takes the constant stress off the ridgeline tabs. Tarps are built to withstand that stress of course, but I've seen some pulling and stretching of the tab seams, and this is an easy way to give those tabs some relief.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    I put my tarp over the ridgeline, but it does not have a cat-cut ridgeline. Just in case water would track under, I have a couple of pieces of cotton shoelace tied to the ridgeline, and position them just under the edge of the tarp as drip lines.

    The "over the line" approach takes the constant stress off the ridgeline tabs. Tarps are built to withstand that stress of course, but I've seen some pulling and stretching of the tab seams, and this is an easy way to give those tabs some relief.
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    Over the tarp for the reason's mentioned by my friend GLP ... I still use a piece of cotton for a drip line on my hammock though, since in one huge down pour I even had water by-pass my Dutch biner on my hammock rig! Generally a ring or Dutch Biner will divert the flow but sometimes mother nature says "watch this sucker"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hawk-eye View Post
    Over the tarp for the reason's mentioned by my friend GLP ... I still use a piece of cotton for a drip line on my hammock though, since in one huge down pour I even had water by-pass my Dutch biner on my hammock rig! Generally a ring or Dutch Biner will divert the flow but sometimes mother nature says "watch this sucker"!
    not to thread jack but HE i had the same problem with mine as well last year i think it was in Aug we had 5 inch of rain in a matter of hours and i had that problem with water passing my DB and getting my hammock and UQ wet
    i use cotton shoe laces now right before my hammock as drip lines i found dynaglide whoopies are like water pipes it just flows down LOL ....
    It puts the Underquilt on it's hammock ... It does this whenever it gets cold

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    suspending it under the ridgeline for my. Mainly because thats how my DD tarp come setup and I have never had any reason to change it

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