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    HH Hex Tarp

    I recently got hold of a HH Hex Tarp. It's not bad, really. Doesn't pitch as tight as my MacCat Deluxe, of course, but it pitches pretty tight. And it's quite roomy, a bit larger over all than the MC. This is the heavier version, I think it was 1 lb 9 oz. But the Silnylon version is a bit longer and only 19 oz, and might make a pretty good alternative for light packing. I love the little pockets for storing the guy lines.


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    There really is a lot of coverage with this fly. Remember, this is the UL Explorer underneath, which is about a foot longer than the ULBP. It's size is listed as 144" by 120". The lighter Silnylon version is listed as 144" by 132". Wow, that would be a lot of party room!


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    Looks good. How much weight does it add over the standard tarp?

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    I like my HH hex. My site has been dubbed the Hammock Hilton at the Hot Springs hang-outs. It's the one with the camp chair under it with the hammock. When I make my silnylon one it will be at least that large, albeit with the corners on to be able to shut it down like the new Speer tarp and other DIY tarps here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZDP-189 View Post
    Looks good. How much weight does it add over the standard tarp?
    A lot in the cheaper PU version, compared to the ultralight versions. It is 1lb 9 oz. I think the stock tarp is about 13 oz on the UL Explorer, and less on the ULBP. But the silnylon version of this tarp is 19 oz, so it adds about 6 oz to my stock UL Explorer Asym tarp, and more if your comparing to the ULBP or UL hyperlite, etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shadowmoss View Post
    I like my HH hex. My site has been dubbed the Hammock Hilton at the Hot Springs hang-outs. It's the one with the camp chair under it with the hammock. When I make my silnylon one it will be at least that large, albeit with the corners on to be able to shut it down like the new Speer tarp and other DIY tarps here.
    I'm with you on that. I think if one did an analysis of comfort gain obtained by adding ounces somewhere in a total hammock design, many of us would find very high marginal utility added due to the added extra ounces in a silnylon tarp that take you from just keeping the hammock dry to having a place to live on the trail.

    Then there are the folks who clip the tags out of their clothing, and huddle at night under poncho/tarps. No extra ounce is a good ounce for them. They enjoy their reward when carrying their ultra-light-weight packs. (And in comparing their base weights, on the internet )

    Grizz (who aspires to be a lightweight backpacker, but is too fond of camp comfort to ever qualify as an ultra-lightweight backpacker).

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    I'm in the same camp as you Grizz... Although most of my travel is by canoe... So when I hike I have that to carry as well...

    But there are some things its just not worth giving up. I'll carry a bigger tarp every time. When you're weather bound for days its nice to be able to move about and stay dry...

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    Ultralight is WAY too much work for me. If I manage to get to "lightweight" I'll be thrilled. When I see something like that tarp it gives me the motiviation I need to keep up the workouts; legs...must...be...strong.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    I'm with you on that. I think if one did an analysis of comfort gain obtained by adding ounces somewhere in a total hammock design, many of us would find very high marginal utility added due to the added extra ounces in a silnylon tarp that take you from just keeping the hammock dry to having a place to live on the trail.

    Then there are the folks who clip the tags out of their clothing, and huddle at night under poncho/tarps. No extra ounce is a good ounce for them. They enjoy their reward when carrying their ultra-light-weight packs. (And in comparing their base weights, on the internet )

    Grizz (who aspires to be a lightweight backpacker, but is too fond of camp comfort to ever qualify as an ultra-lightweight backpacker).
    My moving from a HH Hyperlight to a JRB Bridge hammock is a good example.
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