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    Newb Question ... What Size Tarp?

    I've read that 10ft is important. I am a fair weather summer camper ... could almost skip the tarp entirely. If I do get a tarp, would 10x10 be the suggested or is 6x10 suffecient to keep the rain off?

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    If you do not expect heavy or windy rain I would go with an 8x8 hung diagonal like the JRB 8x8.

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    IMHO you will probably end up with 2 or more tarps if you keep reading this forum. We are gear junkies.
    Seriously, what you need depends on your personal comfort and whether you plan to do winter hangs. Some folks get by with smaller tarps and others like the extra space provided by the 10x10s or larger.
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    If I am by myself and in the Summer with little rain predicted, I like an 8X10. That said, I almost always carry my 10X12

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    If you take too much tarp and the weather turns out to be better than expected, you can always make a big tarp into a smaller tarp (or no tarp). If you take too little tarp and the weather turns out to be worse than expected, you can never make a small tarp into a bigger tarp. With ultralight materials you can get a big tarp that doesn't weigh much.

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    If you camp enough times, your going to get rained on. Personal, I would use a 10x10 at least. Rockdawg69 is right, before its over you will have at least 2 tarps.

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    So what is the difference between a 10x10 vs 8x10 (aside from 2 ft)?

    I'm guessing that they stake differently ... Which one is more versitile re: setting and staking? And which is best fit for a beginner?

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    http://www.rei.com/product/766383

    This should do the trick? I have a gift cert that would put this right into my price range of $5 plus shipping.


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    1.5 lbs for a tarp is kind of heavy but $5 is hard to beat. Grommets are less trust worthy IMO that web pull tabs if for no other reason they cut the fabric to put them in. Thus in a hard wind you might experience some failure. It would not stretch as nicely and so be be noisier and more prone to catching wind and sailing. But $5 is tough to beat. I have a lightweight DIY tarp for sale that weighs less than a pound and would likely provide as much rain coverage where it matters for less weight. But it is more than $5. That's hard to beat. Personal choice comes in long and hard in this area. What is fabulous for you might be an albatross for some one else.
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    A Macat Deluxe will keep you DRY in anything short of a hurricane, IMO. You start needing a larger tarp than that in the cold to stay WARM. Something like the Warbonnet Superfly or the Speer Winter Tarp.

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