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Old 12-30-2014, 07:06 AM
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What do you prefer for tarp size and shape?

I recently bought a Big Agnes Copper Spur UL3 for me and my wife, and plan to use it a lot, but also have been experimenting (backyard so far to learn pitching and knots) with a tarp setup. We use tarps in our "get home bags" we keep in the trunk in case of an emergency.

I recently slept out under a 7x10 silnylon tarp, and while it worked just fine, it's small for one even including any gear, especially when I had to pitch it close to the ground because it was raining (and 40 degrees; by the way, new sleeping bag worked out great).

I have a 10x13 also, but wanted to ask:

1. What size tarp have you found that has worked best for you as your sole shelter?
2. What design (square, rectangular, cat cut, etc.) do you like for efficiency and flexibility?
3. Any thoughts on tie-down points: number of placement?

Thanks for any advice in advance.
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Old 12-31-2014, 09:24 AM
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I prefer a 9x11 rectangular tarp. I have found that size to work great for my hammock, and great for a regular tarp shelter on the ground.

I've done a fair amount of testing/trips in some of the worst weather I've had available in my area. I found that in the worst weather, I like being able to have the foot end completely closed down, and extra space is great to have when the rain could be splashing in along the edges. Plus, when circumstances might dictate a stay longer than one quick night, having a bit of extra space for spreading out gear (especially if soaking wet) is very helpful!

The 9x11 can also fit two fairly comfortably if needed.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:23 PM
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I have a 9x9 square tarp with a catenary cut that happens to work really well in a diamond pattern. The caternary isn't extreme and it makes for plenty of coverage in any usage, both hammock and ground. Its also strong enough to handle several inches of snow accumulation that it couldn't shed. Kelty makes a sturdy tarp I tell ya what.
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Old 12-31-2014, 10:57 PM
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I tend to prefer a tarp that is large and light.

This usually translates into a 10' x 10' square tarp for ground and auxiliary use. I also like a standard rectangle tarp for hammock use - 9' x 11' is nice.

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Old 01-01-2015, 10:15 AM
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Golite poncho tarp. Light, fast to dry, not to heavy when packed wet. I use a waterproof bivy in the winter, and a light breathable one rest of year.
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Old 01-01-2015, 04:30 PM
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I tend to prefer a tarp that is large and light.

This usually translates into a 10' x 10' square tarp for ground and auxiliary use. I also like a standard rectangle tarp for hammock use - 9' x 11' is nice.

Reality


The few extra ounces in shelter weight is a lot better than picking up a pound or two in wetted gear if a hearty blow comes through and gets under a small tarp. The space to hang out without being perched on or in your sleeping gear is a bonus.
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Old 01-01-2015, 05:36 PM
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The few extra ounces in shelter weight is a lot better than picking up a pound or two in wetted gear if a hearty blow comes through and gets under a small tarp. The space to hang out without being perched on or in your sleeping gear is a bonus.
That's for sure. Works for my comfort on several levels.

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