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    Why not asymmetry hex tarps?

    I am working on a new tarp design, trying to get to a point of comfort for an endeavor into the cuben world. I was wondering, why not have a asymmetric hex tarp. Designed for one half to normally be tied down closer to the ground at all times and the other half wider, providing porch mode an better coverage.

    So lets say 130" long and the half the width being 4' and the other being 7'.

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    So your basically wanting to make a baker/whelen tent?

    I've done this with my large GG12x12 tarp and it works great. Gives lots of room behind the hammock to stay dry during long storms.



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    Check out the Shangri-La Tarp from Arrowhead Equipment.
    http://www.arrowhead-equipment.com/tarps.html
    Probably not exactly what you are looking for, but it is an asymmetric hex tarp.
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    Excellent idea. Got to dust off my machine.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catavarie View Post
    So your basically wanting to make a baker/whelen tent?

    I've done this with my large GG12x12 tarp and it works great. Gives lots of room behind the hammock to stay dry during long storms.



    Found this diagram at BWCA.com forums.
    This is the bomb. I was thinking of making a WP sock/tarp combo spun off of the HNO Dirigible, and this design was the best I could think up by my lonesome at the time.

    I did abandon the idea of the wp sock, hoping that the silny version of the dirigible will be available for production in the next few years. This tarp will fit the bill till then. Thanks for the specs Catavarie...
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    I'm making one of these for my wife right now. I've had the tarp pictured for over two years know and I'm extremely pleased with it. It's not really a hex, its more of a Whelen lean-to but it pitches sort-a asym with 6' on one side and 4' on the other. There is nothing better at stopping the wind than a tarp that goes to the ground.
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    That is very close to what I was brainstorming on. Just seems a waste to have extra material on one side when the porch is usually always only on one side.

    It would be nice to shave some ounces while adding some usable real estate.

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    Not to complain but it is not really a Whelan or a Baker. The Whelan has wings that does not have and probably would not work with a hammock.

    Whatever it is it is an interesting way to do it. Particularly when one is taking advantage of the light weight of Cuben to add some extra on the down wind side. I'd rather have doors. ;-)

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    Quote Originally Posted by nothermark View Post
    Not to complain but it is not really a Whelan or a Baker. The Whelan has wings that does not have and probably would not work with a hammock.

    Whatever it is it is an interesting way to do it. Particularly when one is taking advantage of the light weight of Cuben to add some extra on the down wind side. I'd rather have doors. ;-)
    You're correct in that the image is not a Whelan or baker hut design, but the OP was asking about an off set hex tarp, which the image is.

    Quote Originally Posted by streamline View Post
    That is very close to what I was brainstorming on. Just seems a waste to have extra material on one side when the porch is usually always only on one side.

    It would be nice to shave some ounces while adding some usable real estate.
    I find that I have both sides open/closed just as often as only one side in porch mode. This is certainly an interesting idea though and you may be on to something that others would like to have as well. Cant' wait to see pictures of the finished product.
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    So after some thinking, drawing, deleting, drawing and doing it all over again, this is what I am at.

    What do you guys think?



    The idea is to get maximum coverage on both sides as with any tarp, but with the shorter side I went a bit wider to get a bit more coverage length. On the other side I still went a bit wider than I normally would have but the wing is deeper. and should provide a big sweet spot in porch mode. When in porch mode I would fold the center tie-out, shock cord, in and attach it to the ridgline or over the top and to the other side.

    This is becoming less of a hex tarp now though which I love, but man the coverage look great. On paper of course.

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