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    camp43's Avatar
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    Too many choices

    I'm getting a headache trying to figure out what I want to spend my money on and which vendor to spend it with!


    I over think this way too much

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    Sounds like - you are in a very lucky position. You have some money to spend on a new piece of gear and given our fantastic cottage vendors, you really cannot go wrong!!
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    Senior Member OneThing's Avatar
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    Welcome

    Welcome, you're among friends. There's about 50,000 of us who suffer from this dilemma on a daily basis. The vendors keep popping out newer and better products everyday as well, which just makes the problems worst.

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    Senior Member markrvp's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by camp43 View Post
    I'm getting a headache trying to figure out what I want to spend my money on and which vendor to spend it with!


    I over think this way too much
    What items are you wanting to buy? I assume because you posted in this forum you're looking for a tarp, top quilt, and underquilt? Do you already have a hammock? If so, which one? That will partially determine what models of the weather protection items you should be looking at.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markrvp View Post
    What items are you wanting to buy? I assume because you posted in this forum you're looking for a tarp, top quilt, and underquilt? Do you already have a hammock? If so, which one? That will partially determine what models of the weather protection items you should be looking at.
    +1 on what markrvp said. Picking a vendor depends on what you need. Picking the hammock (or other piece of gear) depends on how you'll be using it. Car camping for comfort can be very different than backpacking.

    The good news is that all the cottage vendors on this site are fantastic. I've been impressed with all of them so far, including Warbonnet, HammockGear, BIAS, DutchWare and Dream Hammocks (which is the list I've purchased from).
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    Well I've got an ENO DN hammock that I like and have no problem with. Currently I've looking for a tarp. I've got an Exped Scout Extreme that is nice for car or canoe camping and even backpacking but I'd really like to cut the weight of the Tarp. It's about 11x10 or there about but weights in at 28oz before you add guylines and stakes. Then it's 42oz.

    I'm looking at going towards a cat cut hex tarp to save some weight. Something like a Tadpole or a MacCat etc..... I've never used one though and looking at most of them I can't convince myself they provide the coverage I like.

    The cat cut rectangular ones from OES seem to be a nice compromise and a 10x10 will save my 10 oz and the 10x12 will save me 8oz.

    Then I tell myself just buy something from Zpacks or HMG since I can REALLY save some weight. I have a tendancy to buy something cheaper to save some money and then down the road buy the expensive thing anyway and I'm trying to get out of this habit.

    I'm getting a headache again lol

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    Senior Member Floridahanger's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by camp43 View Post
    Then I tell myself just buy something from Zpacks or HMG since I can REALLY save some weight. I have a tendancy to buy something cheaper to save some money and then down the road buy the expensive thing anyway and I'm trying to get out of this habit.

    I'm getting a headache again lol
    To help on both, get a cuben tarp to cut your weight and get the expensive one out of the way. Also the view through the tarp will help to calm you and get rid of the headache.
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    Yeah, get what you can afford. If you can afford cuben then go for it. If you're worried about coverage get a winter tarp, I don't think I've seen a cuben tarp over 10oz.

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    I'll second the CFTarp. You probably won't find a "deal" on one by waiting, unless construction costs go down significantly.

    You will be able to get the coverage you are accustom to, and still be lighter than anything else shelter-wise you might carry, outside of a Ghost.

    Packs, Hammocks, Insulation, Cloths, Stoves and Cook kits, can all be had second hand in the forums, or at Sale pricing quite often direct from our cottage vendors, several times per year. Call them, Talk to them. Be nice to Dutch, he might send you bling,

    Golite, REI, and other chain outfitters, run clearance, and basement sales, with discount codes and sometimes free shipping on their products too.

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    This place you say your lookin' for
    It might have washed out with the rain
    Might not be there anymore
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    Thanks for the advice. Does anyone make CFT tarps besodes HG.com, ZPacks, and HMG?

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