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    NOOB question about tarp size

    I just ordered my first hammock. it is 11" long. What size should the tarp be? I have never had a tarp and need to know what would size is needed for proper coverage. Thanks for the help

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    Go with something that has a 12' ridgeline.
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    Thanks Bubba. I was thinking about that size. Where can someone find a tarp that big? The biggest I have found is 11'. I think I would like a cuben,

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    If it is your first hammock, you should probably go sil instead of cuben, just so you don't break the bank before you know if this is for you or not. Hanging a hammock and tarp takes some practice, and catastrophes do sometimes happen. On the other hand, cuben is remarkably light.

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    your 11' hammock will have some sag, eh? I'd think something like a kelty noahs 9 set up "diamond" would cover you and you could get a feel for how you want to set up. I have a kelty noahs 12 and there's enough tarp there to close off the ends around my WBBB. I have a lighter and more packable tadpole but the keltys are a good value that even when you move on to something else, you'll want to use now and again.

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    I've used blue poly tarps from Walmart for decades and will continue until money floats down from heaven for a cuben one. Now I have a 12x10 poly and that is a really nice size.

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    I want something lite as I will be hiking with this setup. That is why cuben comes int the equation. MDSH you scripture says that if I dont have a sword to sell my coat and buy one. "buy one" does that mean I should go ahead and buy a cuben tarp. Is this a sign from heaven that I should place my order?

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    I am also thinking if this is not for me I could sell good quality gear at a small penalty.

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    Underground Quilts and Wilderness Logics make good silnylon tarps that offer tarps with 144" RL's
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    i use a 12' hammock with an 11' tarp with no problem. an 11' hammock only has a 9.5' ridge line. if you get too big of a tarp it makes putting it in storm mood difficult. just my opinion.
    "Tenting is equivalent to a bum crawling into a cardboard box, hammocking is an art" KK

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