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    wow this is kinda just what i needed to answer question in my post, thanks

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    Glad you found it helpful.
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    Thanks for the illustration, really helps w/ deciding how much coverage you really need

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    Thanks for doing this Knotty, I find it helpful to keep my mind straight while I am trying to pick my next tarp.

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    Hex vs. Diamond Tarp

    All tarps work / all tarps have problems. It all depends on your goals and the conditions.

    I have 3 tarps I use regularly - all hex / all Warbonnet.
    Edge, Mamajamba and Superfly (basically a Mamajamba with the doors as one continuous piece). The Edge is my lightest with decent coverage / Superfly has best coverage but I pay for that in weight, pack size , number of stakes, etc.

    I've gotten wet under the Edge when the wind changed & started blowing from the end (I swear it was a good hang when I got there & picked a spot side-to-the-wind!)

    I never liked diamond/asym/rectangular (tried a few) because if there's any wind at all with the rain, something is getting wet - and here in OK there's always wind with the rain. I really wanted to like them because I wanted to buy/build one that doubled as a poncho plus they are lighter/smaller pack size - but I just couldn't get it to work for me.

    I really think the best would be an Edge-sized hex tarp with doors made out of cuben (lime the one HG sells). But I may only think that because I don't have one.

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    There is no doubt in my mind that one gets the best coverage with a hex cut tarp. Though in fair weather the diamond has the advantage of ease in setup with only two tie outs (can also be an advantage where space is limited by trees close by).

    Anyway, to complicate matters, the ridge on a Warbonnett Edge, Mamajamba and Superfly tarp is not a straight line and thus the tarp can be lowered further, compared to a tarp with a straight ridge.



    Just thought I would mention,
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    Quote Originally Posted by BlazeAway View Post
    There is no doubt in my mind that one gets the best coverage with a hex cut tarp. Though in fair weather the diamond has the advantage of ease in setup with only two tie outs (can also be an advantage where space is limited by trees close by).

    Anyway, to complicate matters, the ridge on a Warbonnett Edge, Mamajamba and Superfly tarps is not a straight line and thus the tarp can be lowered further, compared to a tarp with a straight ridge.



    Just thought I would mention,
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    love the illustrations!!!

    so much easier for these OLD eyes to understand

    weight not being a primary factor, for m/c camping, my HEX will remain

    UNLESS i pull the trigg'r on one of those tarps w/ the flapperdoodles(¿wind doors?) on the ends that break the wind(mother nature's, not mine)

    thanks for the thread & thanks, again, for resurecting it

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    drawings are a great sanity check, thanks!

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    I am interested in this thread

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