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    Excellent thread! Call me "Crazy", but now I can't wait until the next time it rains.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I have doors on my tarp, and I use whoopie slings with whoopie hooks. I've never had water come down the suspension and get my hammock wet.

    Also, these under-the-tarp adjustment systems seem a bit futile to me. I don't see how you could pitch a tarp from under the tarp - adjust the tarp, yes, but pitch it? You have to get wet for that if it's raining.

    Am I not being imaginative enough?
    I think the point here is to minimize the amount of time spent in the rain while pitching. Get the tarp up and spread quickly and then adjust as needed while under the tarp. You're gonna get wet, it is just a matter of degree. Also, by having the tarp adjustable from underneath you can hang the hammock under the tarp and make your fine adjustments from underneath. Again, this keeps the hammock dry and minimizes your exposure during setup.
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    I just ordered some linelocs from the forum store!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jcavenagh View Post
    I think the point here is to minimize the amount of time spent in the rain while pitching. Get the tarp up and spread quickly and then adjust as needed while under the tarp. You're gonna get wet, it is just a matter of degree. Also, by having the tarp adjustable from underneath you can hang the hammock under the tarp and make your fine adjustments from underneath. Again, this keeps the hammock dry and minimizes your exposure during setup.
    Thanks for the explanation. Doesn't sound worth the effort developing a system like that for my HG CF tarp, which just doesn't need much adjustment. If I was using silnylon I might be inclined to have such a system, just like I might consider tarp tensioners with silnylon too.

    Back when I was using a poly tarp, I tried tarp tensioners and thought to myself, "Why do people love these things? They don't do a darned thing that I can tell." And it's true, there's not much advantage to them with poly or CF tarps, but I can see the advantage with something that stretches when it's wet like silnylon. Live and learn.
    Last edited by SilvrSurfr; 06-10-2013 at 21:53.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    Thanks for the explanation. Doesn't sound worth the effort developing a system like that for my HG CF tarp, which just doesn't need much adjustment. If I was using silnylon I might be inclined to have such a system, just like I might consider tarp tensioners with silnylon too.

    Back when I was using a poly tarp, I tried tarp tensioners and thought to myself, "Why do people love these things? They don't do a darned thing that I can tell." And it's true, there's not much advantage to them with poly or CF tarps, but I can see the advantage with something that stretches when it's wet like silnylon. Live and learn.
    Good point...I really like the idea of using them for my guylines.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Loki View Post
    Just ordered a set from the hammock forums store..Thanks for linking these

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    Yes, the tensioners don't really do much for me, either as I also use the HG CF. But I do have the prussics for the tie outs situated so I can adjust at the tarp and not the stake.
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    You CF folks gotta stop rubbing it in.

    Pic of why I need to seam seal the tie outs on the OMW.



    And pic of the droplets at the ridgeline.
    Like I said, after removing the spreader bars, no issues.


    Still working on the videos...

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    Xtrekker, I did the same thing during the rain we got this weekend. As I was setting up I slipped on the wet grass and fell into a mud puddle, Oh ya my wife saw the whole thing from the window. I got soaked!

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    Quote Originally Posted by krshome View Post
    Xtrekker, I did the same thing during the rain we got this weekend. As I was setting up I slipped on the wet grass and fell into a mud puddle, Oh ya my wife saw the whole thing from the window. I got soaked!
    Did she say something like: "And what did we learn from this?" when you got back to the house?

    So were ya testing out a new tarp?

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