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    Army Surplus

    Hello,

    I'm in a tricky situation...

    My budget for a tarp is 20 (i know it's not much i'm a student!).

    I found this.... http://www.army-surplus.org.uk/produ...sha-Camo-.html

    Would that be okay? If not can anyone suggest another cheap one...?

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    I think you'll be fine. Compared to the HH Expedition fly, the Basha is slightly larger.
    http://hennessyhammock.com/catalog/p...70d_polyester/
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    Actually, the basha is 8'x6' which is smaller than the Hennessy Asym However, hanging it diagonally, the ridge line will be 10' which will just about cover your hammock. The Basha is bomb proof and a bit heavy, but does a good job. You can always get a "blue" tarp (sometimes brown or green) from your nearest hardwear store for less than UKP 10 for 10x10 or so. That would serve you until you can afford to upgrade to a lighter tarp.

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    anything is better than nothing. but id check hardware stores for the blue ones as PDA said. compared to others, they suck. but theyre cheap and will get you thru
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    A Brit bringing twenty quid to the uUS could get or easily make a Tyvek tarp with adequate coverage. They're just over $20 from ebay seller.

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    I bought one of these a few months ago for 6.95
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/CAMO-CAMOU...ht_1647wt_1199

    It's not particularly light and doesn't fold small but it's OK for the job and provides plenty of coverage. You can get away with a something a lot smaller particularly if you pay attention to siting the hammock - setting up somewhere that provides wind/rain breaks for the 'open' end of the tarp setup.

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    This one's a bit smaller, lighter and cheaper - a typical green "blue" tarp
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TARP-TARPA...ht_1655wt_1199

    Hung diagonally would give you a 12.8' ridgeline, which is plenty big enough

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    Hi there
    If you can stretch to 30 you can get a DD Olive Tarp. I have one of these and the are excellent pieces of kit. All guy point are reinforced and the whole thing weighs about 800g.

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    Quote Originally Posted by PDA View Post
    This one's a bit smaller, lighter and cheaper - a typical green "blue" tarp
    http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/TARP-TARPA...ht_1655wt_1199

    Hung diagonally would give you a 12.8' ridgeline, which is plenty big enough
    I think i shall go with this one, and then look at purchasing the 30 after a couple months of hammocking.

    Could someone explain how i do the open set up? I like the idea of it...

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    Quote Originally Posted by REV View Post
    anything is better than nothing. but id check hardware stores for the blue ones as PDA said. compared to others, they suck. but theyre cheap and will get you thru

    Not arguing, just trying to see what you mean about the blue tarps being crap...

    I used one for awhile and the only faults I could find were the poor quality control on grommets (although never had one rip out) and the weight. ...oh and maybe noise.
    Anything else? Other than what I mentioned, the 'blue beasts' seem pretty tough!

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