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    Is there a list (like the newbie hammock setups) of various tarps, prices, weights?

    I'm shopping for a tarp. Now I have a bright orange goretex cabela's guide gear or what not. It's a great tarp, just hoping to find something smaller and lighter to pack when I won't need as much weather protection. There are a lot of sites, sizes, prices floating around. Do we, as a community, keep a database of various equipment lists?

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    I don't think there is a list or spreadsheet with a rating system or the like that is housed on HF. This portion of the forum would be the database I guess- filled with reviews as well. ya just gotta dig and dig...plus side to the research is you learn what you are looking for and what will best suit you. Just remember that quality comes with a price and don't be cheap about it. trust me, if you go cheap you will be spending more money down the rode on bigger and better. You should also check out the vendors section on here. not only are the tarps made of quality materials but I've seen youtube videos of Stormcrow driving 11 hrs to field repair a tarp he made for Watermonkey. (And i still don't know how Stormcrow found about it overnight... dude must've sew in helper elves or something.)

    A really awesome place to start your journey is: http://www.tothewoods.net/HammockCam....html#Choosing
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    Thanks. I've been digging and researching, just wanna make sure I'm not overpaying for a brand name, ya know?

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    Quote Originally Posted by doctor patches View Post
    Thanks. I've been digging and researching, just wanna make sure I'm not overpaying for a brand name, ya know?
    INNNNDDDDEEED. lol


    Yup I can totally relate. I thought what I was doing was great research looking for the cheapest usable tarp i could find.. sadly what i got was poorly crafted, spotty waterproofing, and oddly placed tie-outs... and that was after i returned the first due to it being damaged when it arrived. (Note-mistake #1: i didn't buy from any of the vendors in the vendors section.D'oh! xD)

    Luckily the vendors here have been tried, tested, and are held to insanely high standards- they also all seem to exceed consumer expectations. Which i think has a lot to do with them being hangers too looking for quality gear.
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    Thinked myself about getting cheap economic tarp but fortunately did not bought it but bought one from one of cottages on HF after reading reviews on tarps. Glad I did this.
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    Here's a spreadsheet comparing tarps and their features. Click: Spreadsheet. It's not complete, but still contains some good info. At the bottom left are other pages with spreadsheets comparing hammocks, quilts, etc.

    Forgive me, I can't recall the HF member who put this together. Perhaps someone will chime in to give/take credit. Good luck!!!
    Last edited by Pipsissewa; 06-16-2012 at 19:32.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    Here's a spreadsheet comparing tarps and their features. Click: Spreadsheet. It's not complete, but still contains some good info. At the bottom left are other pages with spreadsheets comparing hammocks, quilts, etc.

    Forgive me, I can't recall the HF member who put this together. Perhaps someone will chime in to give/take credit. Good luck!!!
    Outstanding. Thanks a bunch.

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    Hey, you're welcome, Doc! Maybe--after you do your research you can add info to the spreadsheet. Anyway, let us know what you decide!
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    The only problem is that the vendors are constantly updating and improving and introducing new prodcuts so any such spreadsheet will only be usefull for a few months before it would have to be totaly updated.

    Best to do your own spreadsheet with the various tarps (or other products) for comparision.

    The good news is that the vendors on this forum offer a wide range of excellent tarps to choose from. You just have to figure what size, price point ect you need and can afford.

    I recommend that you attend a group hang to check out the various tarps members are using and even check for other members in your area and see it they have a trap you are interested in, I sure most of us would be happy to let you check out our gear.
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    what are they other column headers?

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