well i haven't messed around with bridges very much, but it seems like others have voiced similar feelings
Honestly, since I got my BB I am not thinking I am going to be sleeping in bridges very much any more it at all. I am thinking of either altering the tarp to be 13 x 10 instead of 13 x 14, or trade it for something.
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I use a DIY speer style 10.5' long hammock with an 8' structural ridgeline. I really love my 10X12 Cathedral Cat tarp that my wife makes, but for Summer it is kinda big. It only weighs a couple of ounces more than the 8X10 Sanctuary Cat tarp that she makes, so I really do not think that it is too big. The 8X10 would be more than adequate in the Summer, but if I only could only have one tarp, I would always go with the 10X12.
Now that said, the 16X16 Kelty Noah, is too big to carry backpacking.
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For most of my uses I think that the 8 X 10 is the way to go... right now since I am in college, I don't really have time to do a lot of backpacking... really sad... so most of my trips are weekenders with friends that don't do it in the rain
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i myself use an 8x8 and i find that i get adequate coverage even in rain and wind.
probably an 8x8 turned on point, so the rl would be diagonally across around 11+ feet and one stake per side
like everything else to do with our hammocks, 'how big' is a personal choice. Where do you live? (warm/cold), when do you camp? (year around/ 3 season), how many tarps do you want to own? (different ones for summer/winter), or are you a gram weenie?
IMO, sil (and other ultalightweights) that are so light that there really isn't much punishment (weight wise) between a winter tarp tent 11x10 (19-25 oz) and a simple cat cut 10x8 (13-17 oz). I've recently started liking the idea of a larger summer tarp (11x10) tied out as an awning for socializing, cooking etc. I will still use my smaller 'diamond' 11x8 if it is forcast to be dry or I'm by myself.
Carry whatever you want...just USE IT!
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