My own tarp

Posted on 04 October 2015

It can be hard getting time to work on your own gear sometimes, but a mate wanted a tarp and that was enough motivation for me to take some time to make myself a tarp as a test for his. He wanted a hammock tarp that was lightweight and compact but still able to handle some testing wind conditions that we can get here in Tasmania.

Fabric is Xenon sil, which is a lightweight silicone impregnated polyester fabric.

These are the tie out configurations I went with which use Silkworms, and a small length of 12mm grosgrain stitched along the hem. Weight for the 4 corner tie outs is under 4 grams. It's a minimal design which initial testing suggested would be more than adequate for the job but the real testing will be the fun part.

The ridgeline is bound with polyester binding tape for added strength, and very little, if any weight sacrifice.

Now for the testing.

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Comments (2)

Simon·12 October 2015 - 07:04amThat is the plan. I have one more to make which I will document the process in more detail.

anon·11 October 2015 - 07:52pmHow about publishing the plan, materials and cost at the time?

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