View Poll Results: How long is your tarp ridge line compared to your hammock length?

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  • The tarp ridge line and hammock are the same length.

    1 2.00%
  • The tarp ridge line is no longer than by a foot than the hammock length.

    16 32.00%
  • The tarp ridge line is longer than one foot over the hammock length.

    33 66.00%
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  1. #1
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    Formerly 'TroutEhCuss'
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    Tarp coverage length to Hammock length

    As I'm working on my second tarp, I began wondering about how much ridge length coverage is enough. Which then led me to wondering what others had. Looking up past threads, I didn't find anything, so here's the thread.

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    Old Gorge Rat Hawk-eye's Avatar
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    Minimum of 10 foot length ... but I prefer my 10x12 with 12 on the ridgeline.

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  3. #3
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    I make my tarps with about 1 foot (30 cm) of coverage beyond each end of the hammock / ridge line junction.
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  4. #4
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    My tarps all seem to be 3-6" longer on each end than the hammock. Haven't had any water intrusion issues if the tarp ridgeline isn't too far above the hammock suspension.

    SmokeBait

  5. #5
    Senior Member Quoddy's Avatar
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    I've found that about 8 or 9" longer on each end has worked well, for me. If set up in the right direction, even wind driven rain shouldn't be a problem. I've never gotten wet... at least, yet.
    I my Warbonnet

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    Senior Member MikeM's Avatar
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    12 foot tarp over a 9 foot hammock is my standard 3 season, but I will go with a smaller tarp with a closer fitting length if I'm looking to make more miles.
    A tarp for every occasion is the rule for me.

    -Mike

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