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    camouflage talk

    I see a lot of talk about camo tarps as of late and it got me thinking, (uh oh) I was driving to school today and saw how green everything is. (it's been raining a lot the last couple days) It seems to me that a camo tarp, like The Claytor Diamond Fly, would actually stick out in that environment, no? Wouldn't just a green tarp be as good in this case? Seems like the Claytor, and those like it might be better suited the fall season? Any thoughts as I'm about to snag a tarp soon.

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    A solid color can be much more obvious than a camo pattern. The main reason that camo works in the way that it does is that it helps to break up the outline of an object. When you see an green area notice that you have varying shades of green, shadows and highlights, as well as the color of the the bark, stems, and leaves.
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    A solid color can be much more obvious than a camo pattern. The main reason that camo works in the way that it does is that it helps to break up the outline of an object. When you see an green area notice that you have varying shades of green, shadows and highlights, as well as the color of the the bark, stems, and leaves.
    AGREED!! But today it just seemed like EVERYTHING was a bright shade of green, maybe the time of the year? Like I said, I might be wrong, but it seemed like a camo pattern would have almost stood out. My reasoning behind the fall statement was thats when trees are thinning a bit and you can see MORE of the stems and branches, making a camo pattern seem like a good idea then.
    I'm just a bit fasinated by the whole camo thing, I have a couple Ghillie suits for paintball, hmmm, Ghillie suit tarp

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    Quote Originally Posted by texron View Post
    AGREED!! But today it just seemed like EVERYTHING was a bright shade of green, maybe the time of the year? Like I said, I might be wrong, but it seemed like a camo pattern would have almost stood out. My reasoning behind the fall statement was thats when trees are thinning a bit and you can see MORE of the stems and branches, making a camo pattern seem like a good idea then.
    I'm just a bit fasinated by the whole camo thing, I have a couple Ghillie suits for paintball, hmmm, Ghillie suit tarp:lol:
    Translation, 20lbs tarp. If your curious about a solid color working better have a friend dress in all green or find a green sheet an hold it up, it wont work nearly as well as traditional camo. Headchange4u is right, its more about breaking up a pattern than color. Even a solid black object (like a tarp) on a dark night sticks out more than traditional camo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadtorque View Post
    Translation, 20lbs tarp. If your curious about a solid color working better have a friend dress in all green or find a green sheet an hold it up, it wont work nearly as well as traditional camo. Headchange4u is right, its more about breaking up a pattern than color. Even a solid black object (like a tarp) on a dark night sticks out more than traditional camo.
    Thats one heavy a$s tarp Maybe strips of colored nylon glued to a jrb Cat tarp? I might try that with a chep wally world tarp ust for the heck of it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by texron View Post
    Thats one heavy a$s tarp Maybe strips of colored nylon glued to a jrb Cat tarp? I might try that with a chep wally world tarp ust for the heck of it.
    Who is it your trying so hard to hide from What are you trying to gain from a tarp; protection from the elements and/or the ability to blend in?

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    don't glue anything to your other tarp....that is sacrilege. Save up and buy the claytor. Or find some camo at the fabric store, walmart had some the last time I looked. But, please dont glue any thing to a beautiful cat tarp, clip it on with a couple of clothes pins or tarp clips...but glue? Camo tarps (heavy ones) were availabe at my local surplus store, so you might check your local surplus outlet store.
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    Ditto, go with the claytor. Its nice and light and packs down tight. Just spent a soggy night hungout under one. Had the outside corners staked at the ground. Stayed nice and dry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    don't glue anything to your other tarp....that is sacrilege. Save up and buy the claytor. Or find some camo at the fabric store, walmart had some the last time I looked. But, please dont glue any thing to a beautiful cat tarp, clip it on with a couple of clothes pins or tarp clips...but glue? Camo tarps (heavy ones) were availabe at my local surplus store, so you might check your local surplus outlet store.
    First I would try it on a cheap tarp, before a OES or something like that. I'm trying to be stealthy and protected the Claytor is not the shape or size I would prefer. The Wally Worlds in my area quit carrying material, plus I cant sew on a button. Price is not the issue, being creative in a stealthy (love that word ,if it is) way is. I've seen some camo tarps but they weigh more than I do, not good for backpacking. I need an 10x12 Real Tree camo tarp, Cat Cut, silnylon..is that too much to ask

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roadtorque View Post
    Who is it your trying so hard to hide from What are you trying to gain from a tarp; protection from the elements and/or the ability to blend in?
    There's a certain aesthetic to camo. Blending in makes it feel like less of an intrusion on nature. As an extreme example, you see very little outdoor clothing that's bright pink. Just doesn't fit the environment.

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