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    Member AduroNox's Avatar
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    How well does an A-sym tarp work?

    I'm going backpacking in a few weeks, and I wanted to know how well an asymmetrical tarp works as far as coverage is concerned. If it rains, will I get wet?

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    Depends on what size, how windy the rain is, how sheltered your campsite is, whether you have the tarp oriented correctly, if you're using drip strings...in other words, we need more info to answer your question.

    But SGT Rock went thru a tropical storm with the stock Hennessy asym tarp and didn't get wet.
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    Yep. Site selection, keeping it low and tight, and good luck probably all played a factor.
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    I live in Oregon (We get heavy rain for 5 months of the year) and I've not had a problem with the small tarp but I also upgraded to a large hex tarp as soon as I could.

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    I haven't had any trouble getting wet with my stock Hennessy tarp, even in a surprise high wind thunderstorm. The only reason I want to upgrade is for utility reasons. I've decided my DIY gear will be gifted to other people, the Hennessy is just too comfy to give up lol.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AduroNox View Post
    I'm going backpacking in a few weeks, and I wanted to know how well an asymmetrical tarp works as far as coverage is concerned. If it rains, will I get wet?

    -Aduro
    ====> As other will attest, it depends on your tarp and hanging skills when setting-up. I recently went through two downpours with my HH Asym, with the larger Hex Tarp, and never got wet. It is more about the tarp, location, and set-up than whether it is an Asym or not.

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    An offset diamond fly (asym tarp) has just one single benefit (amidst a number of drawbacks) - it's really lightweight. I sell one of similar design and generally ask the prospective buyer a few questions before taking the sale. You really have to know what you're getting with these - they can seriously shave the ounces and pack size, but I only recommend them to the serious UL backpacker - they're definitely not for the casual camper.
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    One thing I recently experienced was ground/foliage splash with mine. Set up where I was, the hammock was covered, but the rain was splashing up from underneath, and off the local flora, causing some dampness underneath. Now, it was 90*, with high humidity, and the rain was torrential, so take that into consideration. I have spent other nights with the stock tarp and had no issues. Normally, I have a tarp I use now-I wanted to try out the old tarp again on a recent weekend, to see if it would keep me dry. I think that the weather was abnormal enough NOT to base it on that, BUT, with the current aftermarket one I use, I can always extend one side out, to give me room for cooking, etc.
    Bottom line; for keeping you relatively dry, you should be fine, once you figure out the hang, and dont have severe weather. For the money though, a nice aftermarket tarp provides you not only weather protection, but also some additional living area, in the event you need it.

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    site selection is THE critical factor... if you can get shelter from wind behind a hill, and deep enough into something wooded that the rain actually only lands on the tree canopy, you don't even need to pull the sides down. at that point, the rain falls straight down. but you can't always find the perfect site.

    i was here for the tropical storm SGT Rock was talking about... Lili... end of Sept 02. Rock's unit was in the field, i was safely indoors... I became a believer based on that, and have endured thunderstorms from safely beneath the much-maligned 'stock tarp'.

    before you go, try to spend a night or two out in the rain, at home, to learn what's going on around your tarp, and which way you need to be facing for best coverage.

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