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    Quote Originally Posted by Trout View Post
    If you use tarp tensioners it really helps when you don't make the curved cuts. A 12X11 tarp is huge and gives lots of room. I like that green tarp.
    oh yea i use tarp tensioners they really help keep big tarps tight and ty i love it too had alot of people ask if i would sell them "but working on a website now lol"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girotogo View Post
    I am getting the material from OWARE. They are seconds and he said the 70D is PU coated and the 30D is waterproof. Is 30D normally not waterproof?
    not sure there but is there some reason why your not using sil i know its a little pricey but my turtle tarp only cost about 75 to make and thats for 1st's you can get 2nd's for about 50-55 bucks and its lighter and packs smaller still
    just my 2cents

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    I thought that 30d stuff was a type of sil. so.what should I make the tarp out of.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Girotogo View Post
    I thought that 30d stuff was a type of sil. so.what should I make the tarp out of.
    most of the fabric that gets used for gear making can be broken down into three parts
    type of material ie: polyester, nylon ect....
    a number ie: 7d 30d 70d ect.... this describes the construction of the material and the weight oz/sqyd
    coating: breathable, no coating at all- dwr, durable water repellent- sil, silicon impregnated- pu, polyurethane coated

    what is your style of camping? what do you want out of a tarp? what is most important to you?
    nylon: stretches when wet should use tarp tensioners needs a coating
    polyester: dose not stretch needs a coating
    cuben: very light weight and pricey no coating needed

    weight:
    most of the sil coated nylons seem to be either 1.1 oz or 1.9 oz and this is typically the before weight - before the coating has been applied.
    polyester - i'm not so familiar with (i imagine similar to the nylons)
    cuben - very light weights down to fractions of an oz no coating needed as it is a bonded material

    coating:
    sil - silicon impregnated, most people have no problem with this at all myself included though there are reports that it may 'mist' if subjected to prolonged and intense rainfall
    pu - coating applied to material, think cheap rain suits or dry bags, has a 'rubbery' feeling to it, water proof. in my experience works well but after time quicker if abused will start to peel off

    i'm sure that there are points that i have missed and that others will chime in as well......

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