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    Sounds like a cool idea to me!

    The 36" zippers available from Stan's ought to work, and hopefully would be sufficiently waterproof for the job.

    Jim

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    I may have misinterpretted the OPs diagram.
    But I think 12-18" of overlapping fabric and maybe some shock cord is better than a zipper.
    I think the overlap would be quicker and easier to make and to use.
    Kind of like a vertical TED bugnet design

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    Quote Originally Posted by wwk10 View Post
    I may have misinterpretted the OPs diagram.
    But I think 12-18" of overlapping fabric and maybe some shock cord is better than a zipper.
    I think the overlap would be quicker and easier to make and to use.
    Kind of like a vertical TED bugnet design
    That's what I was thinking. Pull the sides apart, hop out and they close behind you. Could be tricky if the tarp is really wet though, if you're brushing against it as you egress...

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    I think this is a neat idea. Curious to see it when it's done, make sure to take pictures or it didn't happen. I for one prefer the end entry into the tarp. I like to sneak up on my hammock

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    I think the critical difference between this idea and TED bugnet is that a tarp is pulled taut and doesn't stretch. I don't know whether you'd be able to sidle between the two overlaps... .

    I agree that it's not a great fit to get out of your hammock on the broad side and have to exit the tarp on the narrow end. Good argument for a HH with a bottom entry, I guess! Or a big honkin' tarp with the ridge line perpendicular to the hammock ridge line!!!
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    I still want you to prototype one, but another down side is it limits or complicates using the tarp in other ways.
    I love a big tarp and I love the option available, Large sun shade, Lean to, porch mode, winter mode, A fram, etc.
    The door may limit some of these.

    BTW, Pips, you are right about the tarp being different than the TED because of tension. I already thought of that, but I just wanted to plant a seed. Someone else can run with it.

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    Its wierd how an idea gets stuck in your head. I still have concerns about the door limiting the versatility of tarp options. But, I have been thinking about what Pips said about the TED idea not working because of the tension on the tarp.

    Do not overlap to make the door. Instead, cut a slit about 6" from the bottom to about 6" below the ridgeline. Sew a door over this slit. The door should extend 9-12" past the slit on either side. The attachment points for the door should be elastic or shock cord so it pushes aside easily.

    The downside to this idea is I think wind could whip thru the door pretty easily

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    Oh man I remember seeing a video. I think it was Hawkeyes video but not sure. The guy used a tent pole and a cord. Enter the tarp from the side enter the hammock and pull cord lowering tarp. Just throwing out ideas.
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    Firewalker's first tarp was a recycled tent, one of those BIG A** walk in ones. So it had (Has? He may still have it.) a full length zipper in the middle of / on one side. I'll text him in a bit & ask if he ever actually used the zipper & if he used it in the rain. I know he used it in a show fall at Mt Rogers one year.
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    I'm considering a top loader after having a HH bottom (end) entry and was wondering... how about just having one panel pull in the center that you could stake out with a trekking pole? Or would 2, like the Mambajamba, be better?

    What do folks do normally now, pull one side down and lift up one side with poles (like an awning)? It does seem like with both sides pulled down, you'd have your head and back in the tarp a lot getting in and out.

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