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    Senior Member turnerminator's Avatar
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    DIY Reflective cat tarp with doors.

    I made a winter tarp a month ago for an upcoming arctic trip to have a another crack at my low temp PB and thought I'd share

    I've always been impresses by the Finnish Loue shelters and how they work well with a campfire.


    I can feel the heat being reflected from the Aluminized fabric, not just from the fire but also from myself. Making a tarp with doors out of the same fabric made sense for use on colder hammock trips. This will provide shelter on the ground if needed as part of my trip is onto tundra.

    Here's what she looks like;




    It's made from a 2oz Nylon that has an aluminium and polyurethane coating to provide the waterproofing. It's Infra-red reflecting and so reflects radiant heat from the fire/body heat back into the shelter. The silver coating has the added bonus of making the inside much brighter and reflects light well.


    2 Polyester grosgrain loops on either side of the doors serve to keep the doors held back when the wind isn't blowing.


    Every tie-out reinforced and bar-tacked for strength with Gutterman Tera 60. Panel pull outs stuck with McNett Seamgrip. Big loops make guying out easier whilst wearing mitts. Doors double stitched.


    Polyester tubular webbing is bar-tacked to death to make the high stress tie-outs. Polyester grosgrain and hem tape do all the other lower stress points.


    Snow shedding set-up with no-pull outs.







    1100g.
    3.2m ridge x 3.1m.
    Cat cut external hems 50mm and 25mm. Straight doors.
    Parabolic suspended ridge.
    McNett Seamgrip on ridge to seal it.
    Stainless 60kg split rings as tie-out failure points.
    Clamcleat CL274 cleats for guys.



    Hope you like.
    Last edited by turnerminator; 01-02-2014 at 05:46.

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    Very nice workmanship. Looks extremely beefy!
    My head is an animal

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    Very interesting, thank you for sharing. I will be interested to hear how this rig will work on the tundra.

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    Very nice work! Where did you order your material, and what is the final packaged weight?

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    I would love to see pics of the whole setup on the Tundra!!

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    Wow. Seriously. Wow. It is a palace.

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    That is some great looking workmanship, and it looks Huge!!!

    Can we see some internal photos of the tie outs and pull out?

    Excellent job!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by boulderv7 View Post
    Very nice workmanship. Looks extremely beefy!
    Thanks Boulder. It's erring on overly-beefy.
    Quote Originally Posted by IRONFISH45 View Post
    Very interesting, thank you for sharing. I will be interested to hear how this rig will work on the tundra.
    Trip report will be posted.

    Quote Originally Posted by 4estTrekker View Post
    Very nice work! Where did you order your material, and what is the final packaged weight?
    Thanks 4estTrekker. It should come in at 1300g with all the lines (I use paracord in deep cold on the tie-outs for its handling of knots)
    1100g naked weight. Fabric came from Here

    Quote Originally Posted by bigfanboy View Post
    I would love to see pics of the whole setup on the Tundra!!
    Pics to follow when I return in March.

    Quote Originally Posted by SLCpod View Post
    Wow. Seriously. Wow. It is a palace.
    Thanks SL, I glad you like it. This size of shelter never feels too small and it sheds wind and spindrift very well.

    Quote Originally Posted by Xtrm tj View Post
    That is some great looking workmanship, and it looks Huge!!!

    Can we see some internal photos of the tie outs and pull out?

    Excellent job!!
    Thanks Xtrm. I'll get some more pics when it gets out iagain. Constant gales and rain here ATM.
    Last edited by turnerminator; 12-31-2013 at 11:50.

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    Wow! The workmanship on that tarp is really high quality. Nicely done!
    I held a moment in my hand, brilliant as a star, fragile as a flower, a tiny sliver of one hour. I dropped it carelessly, Ah! I didn't know, I held opportunity. -Hazel Lee

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    Very well done sir. I like it.

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