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    Kelty 9x9 or 12x12?

    I recently became interested in the Kelty Noah's tarps. They seem a little hefty but the most I hang right now is when my family is out with the camper. I'm wondering what the coverage is corner to corner diagonally, and if the 9x9 will work if I get a longer hammock. Any help?

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    I had the 12 and it's huge. You can set it up in multiple ways and even close it up for inclement weather. Yes a bit heavy but a real workhorse. I think I've got a pic of it in my gallery in "winter" mode. I hope others will chime in on the 9.
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    I have the Guide Gear 12x12, and yeah, huge is the word. Corner to corner it's ~16.5'. I set it with a diamond pitch, and use it as a group shelter...we get 4-5 under it, along with a small fire in my little Weber.

    When I pitched it over my hammock, I went with an offset rl, leaving a 4' "back wall" and an 8x12 "porch". Ginormous.
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    Since weight isn't an issue, you could also look at the chinook tarps. Some other members on here have them and seem to like them a lot. Price range would be about the same.

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    The Noah 9 can only be hung in diamond configuration, but it has good coverage. I have one and have had no problem with coverage.
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    I purchased the 12 found it was a good tarp, well made, tried it out in a torrential down pour, and it has possibilities to be a pretty good winter tarp. However it did have a small leak. Kelty replaced it because they wanted to test the 12 and see what the problem was. The leak was small seepage along a seam.

    I traded it for a 9 and have had it out in a few pretty good rains, snugged down it worked fine, with it's 13'+ ridgeline it should keep you dry in most rains.

    Car camping either should be fine, backpacking, I want lighter and less volume.

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    For base camping the 12 is a good choice, especially in the palatial porch mode set-up. And as Syb said a decent tarp for winter set-up.

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    Found it. My 12 in hunker-down mode. I had plent of room under it as well.

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    Nice Syd, I haven't had mine in that configuration yet. Looks sweet.

    Also, the 12 is great for hanging over two hammocks.
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    in it for the naps oldgringo's Avatar
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    Syb, I would imagine at some point, condensation would be an issue. You appear to have top and bottom ventilation. Was that adequate? Any moisture issues?
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