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    Smile TrickTarp ... 6 oz, $10

    Being the frugal, gram counter, gear engineer that I am ...

    How's 192 grams sound? For a "bridge" Mock? ( Mock = 6 foot with 30 inch and 15 inch spreader bars, dbl bottom allows pad and strength, 406 grams total including tree straps ) 6 foot because I like my feet to hang over the end thus no heel pressure ...

    Back to the Tarp ...
    192 gr - 6.4 oz - 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 feet - see thru in daylite - cat cut with 3 stakes each side to better adjust for inclement weather - less than $10

    Deawbacks? A bit noisy in driving/downpour rains: a bit fragile: must fold/roll, rather than "stuff": Glue on tape will eventually fail.

    Here's how you do it ... Two mylar "Space" blankets taped together. Cut the shape desired. Reinforce the perimiter with tape. Reinforce the pull-outs with "duct" tape. PRESTO ... Yo'Tarp

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    ps: If one of you will share how one posts pix, I'll do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dplant View Post

    ps: If one of you will share how one posts pix, I'll do it.
    - Click the 'Post Reply' button at the lower left of this thread
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    - Close the attachment window when it finishes
    - Click 'Submit Reply' button

    That may sound complicated, but it's very simple after you've done it once..
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    Angry ...
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    While it doesn't look bad, and is certainly light weight, I would be hesitant to trust it not to fail. How well does it handle heavy rain or high winds?

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    Mylar is pretty tough stuff until it gets breached. My concern would be pine cones or acorns or hail stones hitting it with sufficient force to put a hole in it. From there I would be concerned about it shredding. but for "fair weather" camping looks great.
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    After my little drive through the desert this weekend, I'm thinking about incorporating this kind of a design into my gear bag. Be nice to sleep under during the hot of the day with all those nasty heat beams being sent back where they belong...away from me!
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    Quote Originally Posted by dplant View Post
    Being the frugal, gram counter, gear engineer that I am ...

    How's 192 grams sound? For a "bridge" Mock? ( Mock = 6 foot with 30 inch and 15 inch spreader bars, dbl bottom allows pad and strength, 406 grams total including tree straps ) 6 foot because I like my feet to hang over the end thus no heel pressure ...

    Back to the Tarp ...
    192 gr - 6.4 oz - 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 feet - see thru in daylite - cat cut with 3 stakes each side to better adjust for inclement weather - less than $10

    Deawbacks? A bit noisy in driving/downpour rains: a bit fragile: must fold/roll, rather than "stuff": Glue on tape will eventually fail.

    Here's how you do it ... Two mylar "Space" blankets taped together. Cut the shape desired. Reinforce the perimiter with tape. Reinforce the pull-outs with "duct" tape. PRESTO ... Yo'Tarp

    dp
    ps: If one of you will share how one posts pix, I'll do it.
    oops nevermind
    Last edited by texron; 06-29-2009 at 20:51. Reason: I'm a dork

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    Red face

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    Another ultra-light item gone bad ...

    I was rigging the Space Blanket Tarp ultra low due to it's small size ( 9 1/2 x 7 1/2 ) which necessitates initially rigging my Bridge hammock nearly against the tarp due to a Bridge's sag/drop after entering. When I entered the hammock the foot spreader bar tilted and punched a hole in the Space Blanket Tarp. From there it was "over".

    The Space Blanket mylar has pretty good tensil strength but once it is torn, it rips as easy as melting butter. I've made many light weight backpacking items and this one was the most fragile yet.

    So, have any of you any experience with Cuben or Spinntex tarps? I'm not wanting to spend up to $25 a yard and have it quickly fail. I guess it is hard to beat a sil-nylon tarp for value.

    Sorry for my hype, but I got excited with how easy and inexpensive it was to put together the Space Blanket Tarp.

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    I hope you'll forgive me, but I was waiting for that post to show up...

    I don't have a tarp from Cuben or Spinntex... yet. But there are a few folks here who do, and some have seen some serious wear (large branch falling on tarp) - they seem to hold up very well.

    Correct me if I'm wrong, but Cuben might be a bit noisy (though, certainly no more than a space blanket tarp). Spinn should be stronger than silnylon. And they're both much more water"proof" than silnylon.

    I think you'd be very pleased with either Cuben or Spinn.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dplant View Post
    So, have any of you any experience with Cuben or Spinntex tarps? I'm not wanting to spend up to $25 a yard and have it quickly fail.
    I love my Spinn tarp. It has been a rock solid addition to my gear collection. I don't have a clue how many nights I've got on it, but "a lot" seems to work OK for me. However, I don't use a Bridge so I can't comment on how they would handle repeated 'pokes' or rubbing from the spreader bars. My guess would be it would do fine, but I'd hate to say for sure and be wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    I don't have a tarp from Cuben or Spinntex... yet. But there are a few folks here who do, and some have seen some serious wear (large branch falling on tarp) - they seem to hold up very well.
    That would be be at Trail Days 08. I've even got a witness in Nest. It was the longest few seconds in my life watching that limb fall and knowing what it was going to hit but not being able to do anything about it. Bounced off the Spinn like it was a trampoline and left absolutely no mark. Love that stuff!
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