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Old 11-16-2009, 06:54 AM
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Tarp Material and design

I've got an 8 X 10 standard silnylon tarp, which is useful in some situations, but not appropriate for winter camping.

I'm looking for information from people who own SpinnUL and silnylon tarps about whether the difference in function or protection is worth the extra price.

I also don't know if there is an advantage to "cat" cut or "hexagonal" cut. My goal is to be able to set up the tarp, so that I can close the ends in the event of shifting wind co NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:16 AM
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stick with the square cut on your tarp, especially for winter conditions. you have more material and NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-16-2009, 11:56 AM
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The PBF Shelters forum is loaded with good information regarding tarp selection, materials, a NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-16-2009, 01:16 PM
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to be perfectly honest, an 8x10 tarp is more than adequate for winter conditions, if you know how to NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-16-2009, 03:58 PM
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Here's one way to "pinch off" one end of an a-frame (also shown in one of Reality's links) NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:19 PM
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One company who makes a cat (which is the definitive A frame), GG, also sells "dodgers", o NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-16-2009, 06:26 PM
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there are times where i considered modifying my tarp to give me doors when i pitch it as an a-frame, NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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Old 11-17-2009, 10:30 PM
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For true winter situations, a pyramid shaped tarp would shed snow the best and will hold up in all b NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here

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Old 11-17-2009, 11:40 PM
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Old 11-18-2009, 01:29 AM
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aaand Reality knocks it into deep center field. His opinions are one of the things i have always lik NOTE: The remainder of this post can be read by logging in. For free PBF membership click here
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