Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: St. Paul MN
Tarp: Kelty Noah 12'
Is a sil tarp worth it?
I have the chance to get a ENO profly sil nylon for a very cheap price. I know sil in light, but What else is good about it? Does any one have expirience with this tarp? Are there down sides to sil (I will use it as a three season tarp)
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The only 2 downsides that I can think of are
1: it does stretch when it gets wet, so you need shock cord tensioners with your guylines to keep it tight.
2: It's heavy, when compared to cuben.
Compared to most anything else, it's liteweight. I don't have the tarp that you are talking about, but I do have a sil tarp, and will probably have another, when the extra funds are available.
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Join Date: Aug 2012
Location: whitelake, mi
Hammock: eno dblnest
Tarp: WB Superfly
Insulation: HG Incubator/usmss
Suspension: tree staps/whoopie
i have an eno profly and it's a very nice3 season tarp. i've been very happy with it even used it last night with lows of 27degree F. i've yet to get wet if i set it up well eather.
if you can get one cheap i would say go for it.
Join Date: Jun 2012
Location: NW, USA
Insulation: FELTED WOOL
Suspension: HH STOCK
I have the Profly, it keeps me dry in large storms on the Oregon Coast, hammock sways, dips and goes forward and back as the trees sway. I have not gotten wet, I like that it does not make me feel so enclosed. I have used it with two different Hennessey's and my daughter used it on her ENO Dbl. I think it is heavy, but it works well for me.
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Moreland Georgia
Hammock: WBRR, bluebridge grizz bridge,
Suspension: wb straps
Sil is great stuff--------its not quite as abrasion resistant as ripstop, but its very affordable, and will last you many years if you take care of it! Think of it as a nice compromise between ripstop and cuban!
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"Is sil worth it?" what are you comparing it to?
Cheap poly tarps? Yes
Heavy canvas tarps? Yes
Poly coated tarps? Maybe
Cuben fiber? Not a fair comparison.
What are your planned use conditions, front country or back country?
If you provide more detailed information about your question, this forum will flood you with useful opinions and thoughts.
Good luck in your quest.
Join Date: Jul 2012
Location: danville Va
Hammock: BMBH UL
Tarp: DIY 12x9 mad cat
Insulation: UGQ TQ, DIY 3/4 UQ
Suspension: diy whoopie& strap
yes its worth it
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Join Date: Dec 2010
Location: Grass Valley, Ca
Hammock: DIY "The Crippler"
Tarp: "Cuben Refugee"
Insulation: DIY "The Ex-gf"
Suspension: Whoopie Slings
If you plan on just doing your backyard hangs than weight isn't really an issue for you. But, if you like to hike and put in some miles, sil will be really nice when you're carrying it on your back.
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ENO Profly (126"x76") is a bit small for my preference but like Fronkey said ... you're back will thank you for the weight savings vs a coated tarp if you're backpacking. I think Sil is definitely worth the up charge if it works with your budget.
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