I do agree with the previous assumptions that deep cold doesn't help d-rings. To add to this topic. If a person were using a silnylon tarp, it most likely would have been stretched like crazy because of the winds.
Cuben is cool stuff.
My saw blade snapped that day too. As did a couple stakes trying to pound them into that frozen ground. I'd have to say it was the cold that gotcha. A key ring would be a good quick replacement, still giving you that fail-safe.
I always kept the plastic D rings off my tarps till I ordered a couple of cuben's off HG and they came with the D rings on them,,and I threatened to cut them off and just use the gross grain ribbon which always works fine for me,,,,still wanting to cut them off, but now I think I will just leave them on till they break as a fail safe. When they break,,will just put my tarp flyz and prussics on my tie outs on thru the ribbons and just say to heck with the D rings as like I always did before. I have no long term faith in plastic outdoors over time.
Peggy & Russ --The Jerzybears -
I do not read advertisements. I would spend all of my time wanting things.
On the positive side - it sure was nice to be able to be able to see the nearly full moon through the tarp and my 20* Phoenix with a 2 oz. over-stuff kept me toasty warm down to 5*
see you on the trail,
'Classic.' A book which people praise and don't read.” ― Mark Twain
Who cares about showers, gourmet food, using flush toilets. Just keep on walking and being away from it all.
There are times that the only way you can do something is to do it alone.