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    Best Tarp for the Blackbird?

    Well like so many others I have gotten bit by the Blackbird bug and have placed my order with Brandon. If you could go from scratch - what tarp would you get to partner with the Blackbird? Now think of this as if you could only have one tarp and the majority of your use is from late spring to early fall. I sure would appresciate your answers!

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    To choose one tarp only for 3 season use (non-winter), I would go with the MacCat Ultra.
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    To choose one tarp only for 3 season use (non-winter), I would go with the MacCat Ultra.
    I concur. A Speer winter tarp would also do well for you.

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    I was very impressed with the warbonnet superfly when I saw it... but I have never used one or hung under it.
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    the superfly is more of a winter shelter, the 3 season version would be the superfly without doors and panel pulls, (big mamajamba),similar in shape to, but slightly larger than the maccat delux
    Last edited by warbonnetguy; 02-16-2009 at 19:40.

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    The big mamajamba has served me well so far. I'd still like to pick up a bigger winter tarp for super cold temps, but I like the simple cat cut hex design for most weather.

    Just this weekend, I had two blackbirds hung under a single big mamajamba, with hiking poles at all four corners, and it worked well. Didn't give much protection from the wind, though, and it dropped down below freezing at night so got a bit nippy

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    The Funky Forest is my tarp of choice for my Blackbird...at least until I see what's up Brandon's sleeve!

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    You could use the Claytor Diamond Rain Fly if you are on a budget. $45 shipped.

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    Hmmmm I'd say a MacCat Ultra or the Superfly. Hear me out. Superfly is more coverage then you need 70% of the time during those seasons, but when the other 30% strikes you'll be glad you have it. I have a whole selection of OES Speer and WB taprs. OES micro and standard would be too small in most cases. Deluxe would be ok but Ultra would be better. Speer Winter Tarp would work as well a OES Ultra. WB superfly would work perfectly, and brandons Cat cut also works great.
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