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    Etowah 8x10 Tarp with Panel Pull Mod

    Hey everyone. Just wanted to show a few pictures of a regular ole' Etowah 8x10 Silnylon flat tarp that I modified with a panel pull on each side. It is currently covering a Warbonnet Blackbird without any problems at all.

    I'm a total beginner at using a sewing machine so I didn't want to show any close-ups of the needle work.

    As you can see there is plenty of coverage and with the panel pulls there is plenty of space on the inside to get in and out of the hammock without touching the tarp. The only downside would be the head space for taller people. I'm short so ducking below the tarp to get in or out isn't a big deal. In warm weather I intend to hang the tarp much higher.

    The purpose of this build was to reduce the overall weight that I have been carrying with the Superfly and still have full coverage with doors without having to jump onto the Cuben train.

    The total weight with CRL, STL guy lines, dutch hooks, prussiks, figure nine, shockcord, mitten clips and 8 Ti stakes (only 6 are required), snake skins and stuff sack is barely over 18 oz's. Heavy by cuben standards but light compared to the Superfly. The Superfly starts out at 18 oz's completely naked. I still love the Superfly for the massive area that it provides but I'm liking this one a whole lot.
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    Looks great!

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    I may try the center mod on an 8x10 I have around here. Thanks!
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    nice work KP, a great option and looks like total coverage
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    That is their standard 8x10 with a single pull out on each side?
    Great work.
    How did you do the pullout?

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    Quote Originally Posted by readyme View Post
    That is their standard 8x10 with a single pull out on each side?
    Great work.
    How did you do the pullout?
    Hey thanks.

    Yes, it's the standard silnylon 8x10.

    I had a Sea to Summit ultra sil nylon compression sack that I turned into a regular pack liner/stuff sack so that left me with leftover fabric. I cut a couple of large squares from leftover fabric for the backing of the pull-out. Used the webbing from the same sack for the pull-out. Sewed it all on the tarp then seam sealed the whole patch and also the whole center seam. In the process of doing all of that I went ahead and reinforced the stitching on all of the remaining tie-outs.

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    Senior Member PineMartyn's Avatar
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    Really nice setup KP. I have a similar 8 x 10 straight-edged tarp and wondered how versatile and shelter-like I could make it. This pretty much answered all those concerns.
    Thanks,
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    Senior Member KP's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by PineMartyn View Post
    Really nice setup KP. I have a similar 8 x 10 straight-edged tarp and wondered how versatile and shelter-like I could make it. This pretty much answered all those concerns.
    Thanks,
    - Martin
    Thanks Martin. So far I'm happy with tarp. It weighs half a pound less than my fully rigged Superfly so that alone is a huge plus for me.

    Experiment with your tarp. Without the panel pull though you will immediately see how tight and awkward the interior is. The panel pulls make all the difference in the world when using a small tarp or a flat tarp.

    Good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by KP View Post
    The panel pulls make all the difference in the world when using a small tarp or a flat tarp.Good luck!
    KP,

    I was examining my tarp just today to see where I need to add the pullouts, based on the photos you posted. I'm glad you posted your instructions on how to add the pullouts earlier in this thread. Seems simple enough. If there's something else you think I should know about how to add the pullouts or where to position them, don't hesitate to post of send me a private message.

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    I wonder how that would be with a pole mod rather than rope on the pullouts?
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ght=cheap+pole


    I love the tarp...good job! It certainly is a lot lighter than my Winter Dream.

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