It's a selling point of the spindrift. It lets you use a smaller tarp than you would otherwise be able to use, which means you need less area for your tarp, have less of a big wet mess to pack up when you break camp, and can probably get away with less total weight for the same amount of protection from inclement weather.
Originally Posted by dakotaross
It's most assuredly a selling point of the idea of a sock - perhaps that selling point comes with other tradeoffs, but arguing the semantics of "selling points" seems absurd to me.
I think for many, you're exactly right - those who have smaller tarps, but are using larger ones for coverage - may indeed feel that one of the bonuses of buying a Spindrift for use with the RR is that they can use their smaller tarp, instead of say their BMJ or Maccat Ultra or Big Daddy, etc., etc.
Originally Posted by Mustardman
I guess what I'm trying to say is that its not a selling point in general because you're talking about having to buy something in order to use the tarp you have, OR even buy something so that you can buy something else - a smaller tarp. This is what I mean by semantics... its a selling point only if gives you an advantage over what you have now. In the case of the Spindrift, it seems to me that the only selling point is better coverage and warmth than you would have with any one tarp.
I still think I would want the same "roof" coverage regardless of using the sock or not - at least in rain.
IX and silnylon
could you make a sock out of insultex and silnylon? it would give insulation and wind and rain protection?
it would have to be breathable for you to enclose yourself in it, so you'd want breathable fabric instead of silnylon
Originally Posted by blaktee
Maybe the IX and some ripstop nylon. If you put the ends on draw strings you could open them up and get a breeze going through, but you could control that by tightening or loosening the ends.
Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
I would think you would gain a ton on warmth down to the cooler temps, without having to add some major insulation. Maybe your regular 3 season stuff would be fine and the IX/Nylon sock would take all your gear to a 4 season set up
Ok...I want to make this!!!!
Old thread -- I know.
I purchased a two door multicam Spindrift from Warbonnet and had it modified (local seamstress) to have a 30 inch zipper on the head end below the spreader bar ($25 -- probably what Brandon would charge if it were an available option).
This allows me to keep the Spindrift on 100% of the time (except for skeeters) and still be able to install a pad through that horizontal zipper if I want to use a pad.
I also replaced the Apex buckles with Dutch biners. This makes it easier to remove the amsteel lines in prep for the "insert through grommet or remove through grommet hassle).
I like this set up enough that I have now ordered some noseeum black mesh so that the seamstress can add bug screen to the outside of each door (zippered).
We'll see how that works out. Goal is to never have to remove the Spindrift at all. I motorcycle camp and jeep camp with the WBRR.
I have a WBBB on the way for hiking use. This hammock thing is addictive.