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 Post subject: Re: mec guide tarp
PostPosted: November 28th, 2022, 7:58 pm 
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Snow peak makes cat cut tarps in a variety of sizes but they cost a fortune. For something a little different look at the Mountain Laurel Designs Trail Star. Usually meant as a sleeping shelter but if you were creative with a tall pole maybe...


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 Post subject: Re: mec guide tarp
PostPosted: November 30th, 2022, 11:14 am 
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MartinG wrote:
Snow peak makes cat cut tarps in a variety of sizes but they cost a fortune.


The Snow Peak Takibi Tarp Hexa Set would seem to satisfy both the desire for fireside spark resistance and (at least) an arched ridgeline.

https://www.snowpeak.com/collections/ta ... i-hexa-set

But $550 is too steep for a tarp, and it weighs 19lbs, and as such must pack down fairly bulky.

I also wonder how easy it is to set up with the “flame resistant inner roof”. It’s hard to tell from photos if any cat cut tarp actually has that wind-proof batwing shape; most have \___/ sides instead of the <> shape of our bat wing tarp, which would increase the coverage by perhaps preclude cat cut sides. I’m guessing that there is more fabric waste and design challenges involved when incorporating cut cut sides.

For funsies I weighed our 19x19 bat wing tarp. Loosely packed in an oversized compression bag (not OEM), with guylines, without poles or stakes, 3lbs 70z. It can be set between two properly spaced trees, or one tree/one pole.

ImageP2180688 by Mike McCrea, on Flickr

(Favorite coastal NC campsite, in a grotto of live oak)

I have a coastal camping & desert river wind tripping friend who lusts after that <> bat wing, but in years of searching have never found another with that shape. Glad I’ve taken good care of it; even the PU coating is still intact, not delaminating and vomitous smelling. I think stored loosely bagged, not tightly compressed, helps in that regard.


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 Post subject: Re: mec guide tarp
PostPosted: December 11th, 2022, 9:00 pm 
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hi martin,
thanks for your info about tarps, coat etc.

mec's using
silicone and ether-type polyurethane, currently,


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