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    Rain Fly

    Has anyone ever used the rainfly from a tent for their hammock? I can get one large enough to where it can be modified slightly for hanging.

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    They usually are just not long enough for good end to end coverage. But why not try....may take bit to get the right pitch but could work. a lot of folks just go with a cheap blue 8x10 or 10x12 tarp from a home store to start. Heavier but works.
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    I found on Coleman's website replacement flies for their cabin tents. Fly for a 17'x9' tent for $25. I'm seriously considering it.

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    theres also a low teir tarp that seems to be always sold out. heres a link:
    http://www.manventureoutpost.com/pro...22,-Green.html

    this store actually has 11 in stock for the price of 35$ cut fom 58 original. check it out hope its what ya want.
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    edit: other color scheme is coyote brown.
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    Been there, done that. In my opinion, trying to use a tent tarp is a waste of time because they are designed specifically to go over a tent. They are hard, if not impossible, to get taut, and when it rains, you'll get valleys where water will collect. I tried several tent tarps before I gave up. I finally picked up a Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp for $29.95 that has kept me dry this year. Nothing worse than waking up wet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ears View Post
    theres also a low teir tarp that seems to be always sold out. heres a link:
    http://www.manventureoutpost.com/pro...22,-Green.html

    this store actually has 11 in stock for the price of 35$ cut fom 58 original. check it out hope its what ya want.
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    edit: other color scheme is coyote brown.
    Any idea on the actual weight of this tarp? Closest approximation I can find is a 3.8 lb shipping weight.
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    How about a tent footprint? I have used the one from my Northface Trailhead 6 and it actually works pretty well. It is just about 11 x 9...not super light but it works.

    You can often find footprints on sale pretty cheap.

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    I am currenly using the rain fly from an old 6 man tent. I took the fly and cut it in half and attached some straps for ridge line and corner tie-outs. The only problem is the tent fly is cut in a concave shape that created bunching at the top but even after a couple frog stranglers it seemed to hold up pretty good.

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    I agree, give a tent foot print a try. Often times you can find ones on clearance at various sites. I found a footprint for 10$? at REI this summer to make some snakeskins from. I was able to get four sets out of it. Looking back, I could have kept it as an extra tarp. Just make sure you pay attention to the size and shape. They're easy to modify.

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