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    Need help on selecting tarp style

    I am an experienced back-country camper but very new to hammocks. I am planning a solo canoe trip in September and plan to only use a hammock and tarp for sleeping. I am borrowing my son-in-laws ENO Double Next with rain fly but believe the fly is too small for my purposes. My September trips can get very wet and windy. I intend to purchase a tarp and need some suggestions.

    I would like a tarp that can do double duty as protection over the hammock when sleeping but also be used as a shelter during the day with some coverage over an open fire. I am considering the size as well as the style of tarp to get. Ideally, I would like something big enough to pitch over both the hammock and the edge of the fire. Has anyone used a set-up like this? Does a rectangular tarp make the most sense or would a tarp with door flaps also work?

    Appreciate any ideas and experiences.

    Clyde

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    Welcome!

    If weight is not an iisue you can go bigger and it should fit your needs.

    Check out the mamjamba: https://store-2ieh8pn.mybigcommerce.com/tarps-101/

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    best bang for your buck IMHO would be a HH hex, or http://www.bushcraftoutfitters.com/C...x10-coyote.htm

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    For your Sept canoe trip I recommend looking at the Kelty Noah's Tarp - 12' x 12'
    They are extreme versatile if you are handy with ropes and
    the coated polyester taffeta would standup to a small fires embers better than sylnylon.
    http://www.rei.com/item/808940/kelty-noahs-tarp-12-x-12
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    dd hammocks sell a 4.5 m x 3 m tarp ,it is massive ,I use it for floating on the river and car camping ,but it is way to big for hiking with,but for a ton of space under it, it is hard to beat ,ships from Scotland ,and I got it in 3 days shipping included ,but you might get a bill from the government for a few dollars in tax ,( in Canada )
    http://www.ddhammocks.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by OutandBack View Post
    For your Sept canoe trip I recommend looking at the Kelty Noah's Tarp - 12' x 12'
    They are extreme versatile if you are handy with ropes and
    the coated polyester taffeta would standup to a small fires embers better than sylnylon.
    http://www.rei.com/item/808940/kelty-noahs-tarp-12-x-12
    Plus 1 on this. Weight is a secondary consideration unless you have long portages, and if you plan on using ear an open flame, resistance to burns should take its place.

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    You will not want to hang the tarp like a diamond (on a diafonal) to get the overhang you want so make sure your shorter dimension is longer than the hammock by your safety margin (1 - 2 ft).

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    Thanks for all the great input. I think a square 12x12 tarp is the way to go for what I do. I can use the smaller ENO rain fly if I do any lighter backpacking trips.

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