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    Black Tarp Pros/Cons

    Thinking about buying some of the black sil from Noah Lamport to make another tarp but I have never used a black tarp before.

    I would like to get the pros/cons from others who have used a black tarp.

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    I've used a BlackCat for a lot of nights on the trail.

    It is darker, especially in the mornings. Nice for sleeping a little longer if you like. Also I guess it's not as 'cheery', but that never bothered me.

    There has been some speculation that a black tarp is either cooler or warmer in the sunlight, but I honestly can't tell any temp difference between a gray tarp and the black one.
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    I use a black Back Woods Winter Dream by SCLittlefield. I like the black, Its stealthy (ninja style), I also have a theory that morning dew and rain will dry faster. I like that it will possibly stay darker in the morning. And most importantly it easier to win at hide and go seak .

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    Black tarp will dry faster in the sunlight.

    It will maintain a little more heat under it in the sun as well, but a huge amount if it's open and not closed off like a tent.

    You have to use a special marker or pencil to mark the silnylon because it's so dark.

    Looks pretty sharp.

    A little less cheery lighting.
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    Quote Originally Posted by lazy river road View Post
    And most importantly it easier to win at hide and go seek .

    Ha! I love it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post
    It will maintain a little more heat under it in the sun as well, but a huge amount if it's open and not closed off like a tent..

    you sure about that?
    seems like less light/heat would make it through. if i had to guess as to the hottest tarp i would have guessed clear (like cuben). all light passes through so it's hotter like in a greenhouse. i'd think it would be shadier under a black tarp more so that any other color. i've done no testing of this theory though, so it may be total BS

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    My favorite tarp is my DIY black tarp ...... don't find it hot or too dark. I like the grayish Elvis light.......
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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    you sure about that?

    i've done no testing of this theory though, so it may be total BS
    Nope. I'm certainly not. I was working off the idea that the black would absorb more of the heat energy, which would be dispersed to the local air, both above and below.

    Your Greenhouse point does make a lot of sense though. Good point.

    I bet it's negligible, either way.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sclittlefield View Post

    I bet it's negligible, either way.
    sounds like that's probably the case according to AS's post

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    My favorite tarp is my DIY black tarp ...... don't find it hot or too dark. I like the grayish Elvis light.......
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