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    Confused about flys

    Hello Fellow Hangers

    I just got an ENO double nest, and I am confused about the fly to buy. I see dry fly, fast fly, and pro fly, which one would give me best coverage in rainy weather?

    Thanks

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    You could probably get the same thing but lighter and/or for less money.

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    IMO... none of the above. I think there are better tarps out there readily available.
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    I,m all ears.

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    You pretty much pay for what you get concerning tarps. Cheap price means your mostly paying for complaints.

    That being said, a WW or Harbor Freight, while noisy, bulky, and a bit on the heavy side, will do just fine, until you're ready to step up into real tarp-ville.

    I just bought one of these and couldn't be happier

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    Rather than knock someone's product, I'll just urge you to look at the actual layout of the ENO rain fly. The width of most of it is not very great, just over 5' IIRC. Then, there's the long streamer of fabric going out to the middle stake. (I don't get it. It is just wide enough to keep a stake dry, but isn't positioned to do so.) [joke]

    In rain flys / tarps of nominally light design, there's polyester, which is heavier, and nylon, which is lighter. Then there's urethane treatment and silicone treatment for water-resistance. Major maker Hennessy makes and sells both polyester and nylon, in several sizes.

    Less coverage is less money, but less weight (ie sil nylon) is more money.

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    agree w the others...
    think lightweight and add a foot or so beyond each end of your hammock for tarp sizing
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    As with everything in life--it depends...

    How do you use the hammock? In the backyard, hiking, canoeing, or car camping?

    Then, how much are you willing to spend? Polypropylene is heavy, coated nylon is manageable, silnylon light, and Cuben is crazy light. The materials all vary in cost: the lighter the more expensive.

    ENO tarps provide just enough coverage. I never cared for mine, despite it worked. Most people like a bigger tarp to block more wind and larger tarps can create a great shelter are pitched properly.

    Suggestions were easy when there were only a few vendors here. Now, there are so many that it is unfair to mention one and risk forgetting others. Do some reading in the shelter section and also look at what people use for tarps in their avatar.

    Me? I'm a hiker so my next tarp will be a Cuben tarp, upgrading from a silnylon Hennessy Hex.

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    ENO tarp dimensions & prices

    ENO tarps are a convenient choice as they are well made, readily available & reasonably priced.

    That being said, I'd choose other tarps over the ENO's specifically because I don't feel they provide enough coverage when the weather gets rough. And, they're not as light as other tarps. IMHO, the FastFly & DryFly don't provide the coverage I need when the wind starts blowing and/or the rain starts falling. They'd be fine in calm weather.

    If I were to purchase an ENO tarp for backpacking, I'd go with the ProFly in Sil Nylon. But for $150 you have many hammock tarps to choose from; some that are larger, have additional tie-outs, pull-outs, doors, etc.

    Here are the dimensions & prices for the most common ENO flys used for hammocking.

    ProFly - 10' 6" x 6' 4" - PU Coated Nylon Tafetta Ripstop - $80
    ProFly - 10' 6" x 6' 4" - Sil Nylon - $150
    DryFly - 10' 6" x 5' 2" - PU Coated Nylon Tafetta Ripstop - $80
    FastFly - 11' 9" x 11' 9" - PU Coated Nylon Tafetta Ripstop - $80

    They also have a couple of larger tarps. Here's a link to ENO's comparison chart of all of their tarps - http://www.eaglesnestoutfittersinc.c...ison-chart.pdf

    Let us know what tarp you end up with. Enjoy!

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    I have a MacCat Deluxe - it works great. http://www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com/products.php

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