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    Stuffing or folding cuben? -- inspired by Holgers post on sil

    As I anxiously await my z-packs cuben tarp, I was wondering the proper protocol for placing a cuben tarp in a "stuff" sack. Can cuben be stuffed in the same manner as sil?

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    Thats what I have been doing. Just stuff it. IMO If you fold in the same spot over and over you get a week spot.
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    Been folding for many weeks backpacking right now. I had my concerns about folding, but haven't seen wear thus far. I am not making a hard crease however, but folding fairly flat.

    Other cuben gear I have has suffered wear, but it has been abraision wear.

    Traftonm, have you seen the folding issue take place or heard something from another cuben user? I love this material, but realize that long term issues are still not known....folding may be one of them.

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    Maybe ask Joe at zpacks what he recommends for his tarps and tents.

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    Cuben is susceptible to damage from friction or abrasion. If you folded the tarp in the same spots every time and then put it into a pack pocket or something, I would suspect that those fold points would get abrasion regularly, more than other points in the tarp would - and could eventually lead to wear points on the tarp. I've made a cuben bag for mine with scraps, but I think tyvek or sil-nylon would do for a stuff sack.
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    I just stuff mine. As was said, you wouldn't want to fold it always in the same spot I wouldn't think.


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    Another stuffer here.
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    Stuffer to the max yo!
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    Mine gets "stuffed" into my snakeskins.
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    Do the stuffers put the stuff sack into their pack or on the outside?

    One of my main reasons for folding is to have the tarp stay in a mesh pocket on the outside where it doesn't get crushed by other gear (notably food for several days), nor get any other gear wet. I use a cuben sleeve for the tarp.

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