So I'm getting a new WB tarp, which I have to put the lines on myself. And I got to wondering whether it is good to have stretchable (i.e., nylon) or less stretchable (i.e., Zing-It) ridgeline & tie-outs?
1) On the one hand, especially when it snows (I live in MI), non-stretching lines could improve the rig's performance. In the absence of non-stretching lines, snow might really "bog down" one's fly (i.e., cause major sagging).
2) But on the other hand, if you have non-stretching lines, those same conditions (i.e., either snow or heavy winds) might result in catastrophic failure of either the lines themselves or (worse) the tarp material itself.
3) A related question is whether it is desirable to have adjustable means of securing those lines (e.g., taut-line hitch, prussiks, etc.) or a more secure means (e.g., Dutchware Stingerz). IF those extreme conditions occur, the adjustable option will allow the line to slack, possibly precluding damage to the fabric. But if the extreme conditions occur with the less forgiving attachment, the tarp could tear.
4) And a last related question -- in soft soil, do you make do with stakes that have a fair chance of getting pulled out in high winds, or do you use something that is the stake equivalent of a cement block (e.g., ToughStakes)?