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    Weather shelter tarp for Group

    Does anyone carry a large tarp (15x15 or bigger) to use as a place to hang (not a pun) out under. With our large family we want to be able to sit out together to talk and play games with out having to be under the same Hammock tarp?

    I have seen these used on canoe trips and used similar ones car camping. The age old question of weight versus comfort. I see that shug and hickory have overlaped their tarp in some recent videos, and this would work for two, but need bigger option if we could find the right place to hang it.

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    OES has a 12x15 that was written about HERE

    Our tarp making folk may be able to make bigger or multiples of that.
    You won't get better than OES, just different.. ALL the TARP makers here are of the same level. OES seam seals his before delivery. I do NOT think the others seam seal their's before shipping.
    Tom
    added: CHINOOK has the 12x14 that is less expensive but still functional.

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    Try Kelty's 16 x 16 it has 22 ft of RL. I have one its HUGE! I love it with a family of six we have plenty of space under it.

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    I picked up a OES 12x15 tarp a couple of weeks ago. This is one large tarp, and very well made. It took only one week from the day ordered to my door step. Top notch workmanship, and customer service.

    Carl

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    Just ordered the OES 12x15 Cat Cut tarp. Glad I did a search and could see the pictures of the tarp in action. This tarp should nicely fill the gap between our large & heavy MSR Outfitter Wing (16X18, 10+ lbs) for groups of 6 or more, and smaller groups of 2-4 people on river trips. My Kelty Noah 12x12 was just a wee bit small for the river kitchen, 4 humans, 1 dog, and the camp chairs & table on a trip in September. I love my MacCat Deluxe, so I'm sure this new tarp will rock as well. My river buddies were really impressed with how light & well made my MacCat tarp was on that trip.
    KJ

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    Senior Member KayakCarl's Avatar
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    I was afraid that with the cat cut you would have to ues all the tieouts to hold it taught. 2 rigde, and 16 guy lines. I went with the rectangle one. I think I could get it set up with the two ridge and 4 corners in the nice weather. I will carry enough to batten down the hatches if need be.

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    The pics on the OES website show the Cat Cut 12x15 pitched nice & tight without using all the tie outs. I think they just give you more options for pitching & securing. I'm thinking this tarp may make a great (somewhat large) foul weather hammock tarp, as I could use the extra length & tie outs to close off the ends to make "doors." Multiple uses are always great.
    KJ

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    If you aren't having to carry it very far, it is hard to be a standard blue tarp

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    Yeah as above if its a short journey a big bluey should be sufficient but a few weeks ago me and a friend created an are to sit in with two regular tarps combined.
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    For our canoe tripping (not so weight sensitive travel), we carry a large "dining" tarp for sitting, eating and relaxing while being sheltered from the rain and/or wind. Pitching can be "creative" to use the available space, trees, rocks, etc.

    Here's a picture...

    "The more I carry the happier I am in camp; the less I carry the happier I am getting there" - Sgt. Rock

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