I recently purchased a HG 4 season Cat Cut Cuben Fiber tarp. (mouthful) I've had a few chances to set it up with completely static guylines. We've had some nice windy days lately and I found it reasonably easy to pitch in the wind. I was able to get a nice taught pitch that held well even in the constant battering of wind with gust up to probably 20MPH. That is due to the lack of stretch from the cuben. However, I've read warnings about having such a drum taught pitch as it leaves the cuben open to puncture from falling, wind blow, twigs or what not.
So, I was wondering, would appling shockcord to the majority of the rigging provide some of that give. Would that reduce the risk of field damage while still maintaining a taught pitch? Even in high winds the tarp would deform somewhat but then reform as the wind died down.
Now, I have used bungee loops on larger nylon tarp to maintain a taught pitch as they stretched with excellent success. And, it is something I can try with my cuben tarp. I'm more concerned about a small limb or twig coming through my $300 tarp.
With thus I open the discussion for how to best pitch/rig a CF tarp for maximum lifespan.