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Offline goofyshooter

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nylon tarp for backpacking?
« on: May 29, 2014, 06:56:18 PM »
I am trying to lighten my load while backpacking by myself. When the wife and I go, I bring a REI tent but I would like to lighten my solo load. I am looking at tarps, I would like something better then a "blue tarp" but don't want to spend $100 either. Any ideas?

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #1 on: May 29, 2014, 07:31:14 PM »
There's not much middle ground.  Equinox makes some under $100, but not much.
http://www.equinoxltd.com/the-gear/tarps-and-bivis-and-ground-cloths/

Bushcraft USA has some good tarps.  Their 10x10's in Coyote or Woodland Camo are under $100, but they're also not the ultralight sil-nylon ones either.  Lighter than the blue tarps, but not the lightest.
http://www.bushcraftoutfitters.com/10-x-10-Sized-Tarps_c32.htm

I got lucky a few years ago and scored a nylon tarp from Sportsman's Guide for $30.  They don't have them right now and it's not the most robust tarp in the world either.  In fact, I tore one loop out of the corner and had to sew a new one in. It also doesn't have as many loops as Equinox or BCUSA.

I'm interested to see if anyone has other options.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #2 on: May 29, 2014, 07:55:28 PM »
Sil-nylon is the way to go.  Buy once, cry once.  The blue poly tarps are heavy and bulky.  Fine for car camping, but not appropriate for the backcountry.  I have two Equinox tarps, one 7x9' and one 8x10'.  They're good tarps.  I like my MSR e-wing a little better, but when it really comes down to it, I want my TarpTent Notch for solo camping more than anything.

Another alternative you can buy on the cheap is Tyvek.  You can buy it on e-bay by the linear foot for under $3/linear foot with 10' width.  That puts an 8x10' at around $20.  Definitely put it through the dryer with a tennis ball or two before using it to soften it up.  It is loud in the rain, but otherwise, incredibly tough stuff and you can put in your own grommets where you want.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #3 on: May 29, 2014, 08:35:45 PM »
GS, I keep a poncho / alpha tent in my BOB:
http://www.alpharubicon.com/prepinfo/ponchotent.htm
Even slept two people under it once, though it was a little too cozy for warm weather.

Looking at a good quality poncho, Old Grouch's has them for $40.  You may find something down around $20 if you find a lucky sale.  Set of poles for another $10-$15 and you're done.

Well, it's an option, right in the middle of price range you mentioned.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #4 on: May 30, 2014, 04:57:06 AM »
I found the snugpak all weather shelter. I ordered it and will let you guys know how it is. Thanks for your help.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #5 on: May 30, 2014, 05:53:17 AM »
Have you looked into hammocks?   I have the Hennessy A-Sym Expedition in my go bag, less than 3lbs.....but it does cost.   

Unfortunately lightweight = $$$

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #6 on: May 30, 2014, 06:53:31 AM »
You can DIY with Tyvek from home depot.  It is cheap and fairly light. 

I would buy the 10x10 from bushcraftUSA.  It has the key detail right--tabs instead of grommets.  Seam seal them and it is bombproof. 

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #7 on: May 30, 2014, 03:29:04 PM »
I borrowed a buddies hammock last year and didn't love it. I carry a big Agnes sleeping pad, small ground cover that is a foot print from an old tent and sleeping bag.


I am going to try the tyvek as a project.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #8 on: May 30, 2014, 03:35:50 PM »
I use it as a ground sheet. Can't beat the price

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #9 on: May 30, 2014, 03:51:56 PM »
What about 6 mil - heavy duty visqueen? Multi purpose.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #10 on: May 30, 2014, 04:30:20 PM »
What about 6 mil - heavy duty visqueen? Multi purpose.

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I've used visqueen and Tyvek is much tougher.


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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #12 on: May 30, 2014, 04:43:35 PM »
I've tried most of everything out there and settled (for now) on sil-nylon.  Mine was a Jacks 'R' Better catenary cut 11' x 10' tarp.

http://www.jacksrbetter.com/shop/jrb-11-x-10-tarp/

Tyvek was too loud in both noise and visibility.  Visqueen was too fragile.  The Blue/Green/Brown Walmart Polypro(?) had the same problems as the Tyvek and weighed a lot more.

Nothing wrong with a good tent, we just wanted adaptability. It does take some getting used to. . .and some practice on how and where to pitch, but it's worth it.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #13 on: June 22, 2014, 01:00:59 PM »
I use my linen tarp for living-history, as well as modern outdoors. Don't need anything else and wouldn't want nylon.

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Re: nylon tarp for backpacking?
« Reply #14 on: June 22, 2014, 02:29:29 PM »
U-line sells black Tyvek but the widest roll is only 45"