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    Good stuff Mike. Hillbilly, yes, but who cares. Plus you'll sleep nice an warm on cold windy winter nights. With your eyes closed you can't tell the difference between Tyvek and Cuben.
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    I made some Tyvek GrizzBeaks recently, but won't post anything till I make the second set and perform some outdoor testing. My dimensions are quite different from yours 'cause I'm using them with my 10' x 10' Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp, which is a very odd-shaped tarp.

    I think this is a fine use of Tyvek - in fact, I recently came upon a HF post from HitchHiking in Australia where he sells Tyvek tarps. Remarkably, the Tyvek weighs less than the SilNylon tarps he also sells. Check out the weights at:

    http://www.terrarosagear.com/tarpshelters.htm

    I agree that Tyvek gets a lot of disrespect. It ain't Cuben fiber ('cause it's more durable?) but it apparently weighs less than SilNylon! I've long had an interest in Tyvek due to its durability, but anyone who mentions it as tarp material gets flamed by those who think it's unsuitable. I always find this hard to believe because I've been using a 7' x 7' piece of Tyvek as a gear tarp for years, and my gear has never gotten wet.

    Perhaps Tyvek will find its niche as tarp doors or Grizz Beaks.

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    Brilliant! I had thought of doing just that. I have one caternary tarp out of Tyvek (plans are here on HF somewhere) and love it. It is so light I bring it as a secondary tarp (set high to keep water off my fire) or emergency groundsheet if I need to go to ground. And I wouldn't cry if it got a hole in it.

    I notice it is new looking. Recommend putting it in the dryer (lowest heat) with a shoe and it will be a little softer and cut down on the crinkle factor (unless that is meant to keep the local critters away from your friendly tarp door holder).
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    A second thought I've had is if anyone has tried a tarp door that doesn't split (a third wall more than a door). My idea is that when you locate your tarp you will usually have the wind from one dominant direction. By placing the door on the side getting the wind first it is assumed you would naturally only use the other opening anyway, so the split is unnecessary. It would also likely be easier to design, and would need no connector at the door split bottom.

    Has this been tried?
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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I agree that Tyvek gets a lot of disrespect. It ain't Cuben fiber ('cause it's more durable?) but it apparently weighs less than SilNylon! I've long had an interest in Tyvek due to its durability, but anyone who mentions it as tarp material gets flamed by those who think it's unsuitable. I always find this hard to believe because I've been using a 7' x 7' piece of Tyvek as a gear tarp for years, and my gear has never gotten wet.
    Really? 'cause I've never seen any flame posts about that on HF. Not to say it couldn't/didn't happen, but usually folks here are kinder and gentler than that.

    Nice doors! Good use of local materials.


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    Very Nice, I wish I could sew anything at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangandy View Post
    A second thought I've had is if anyone has tried a tarp door that doesn't split (a third wall more than a door). My idea is that when you locate your tarp you will usually have the wind from one dominant direction. By placing the door on the side getting the wind first it is assumed you would naturally only use the other opening anyway, so the split is unnecessary. It would also likely be easier to design, and would need no connector at the door split bottom.

    Has this been tried?
    Gotta get the hammock suspension through there somehow, Andy.
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    Could have a small cut up top for it if you keep a consistant location for suspension relative to the tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SilvrSurfr View Post
    I made some Tyvek GrizzBeaks recently, but won't post anything till I make the second set and perform some outdoor testing. My dimensions are quite different from yours 'cause I'm using them with my 10' x 10' Grand Trunk Funky Forest Tarp, which is a very odd-shaped tarp.

    I think this is a fine use of Tyvek - in fact, I recently came upon a HF post from HitchHiking in Australia where he sells Tyvek tarps. Remarkably, the Tyvek weighs less than the SilNylon tarps he also sells. Check out the weights at:

    http://www.terrarosagear.com/tarpshelters.htm

    I agree that Tyvek gets a lot of disrespect. It ain't Cuben fiber ('cause it's more durable?) but it apparently weighs less than SilNylon! I've long had an interest in Tyvek due to its durability, but anyone who mentions it as tarp material gets flamed by those who think it's unsuitable. I always find this hard to believe because I've been using a 7' x 7' piece of Tyvek as a gear tarp for years, and my gear has never gotten wet.

    Perhaps Tyvek will find its niche as tarp doors or Grizz Beaks.
    I've got two of those funky tarps....this weekends hang that we're going on will be very redneck, as I'm opting to use shower curtains from the dollar store for our doors and duct tape. The plastic is actually a bit stretchy, which is nice for some give. If I can get them to just last this weekend, at least I'll have a pattern to use, or know what changes I want to make.....or perhaps I'll like them a lot and they'll stay as they are, you certainly can't go lighter

    Don't want any hail though!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hangandy View Post
    A second thought I've had is if anyone has tried a tarp door that doesn't split (a third wall more than a door). My idea is that when you locate your tarp you will usually have the wind from one dominant direction. By placing the door on the side getting the wind first it is assumed you would naturally only use the other opening anyway, so the split is unnecessary. It would also likely be easier to design, and would need no connector at the door split bottom.

    Has this been tried?
    I don't know if it's been tried but if anyone would be willing to make one for me I'd be willing to pay a fair price. I've been toying with the idea lately of having removeable doors on one end only for the same reason you stated. It seems the wind/rain usually comes from one general direction. Of course you could make a set for each end...one solid ....one split. It looks like a fairly simple project....maybe if I have enough brownie points, my wife would be willing.

    Miguel

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