Oct 23, 2007 at 1:33 pm #1225536
For solo use, with a light weight water resistant bivy, what tarp or size tarp do you use?
I have an ID 8×10 silnylon flat tarp but it would be nice to use something smaller and save some weight.
Is a 5'x8' poncho tarp really big enough in a down pour with proper site selection?
I don't have any experience with spinnaker or cuben fabric. How does it compare to silnylon as far as tear strength and abrasion resistance?
Looks like I need to go buy some cheap plastic sheeting and experiment a little.Oct 23, 2007 at 2:04 pm #1406414
@foodLocale: Colorado Rockies
Maybe, the constant answer. The lower and flatter the tarp is pitched the better the coverage, but the less livable it is. A poncho will keep you warm and dry with good site selection, but you will not always be able to sit up.
Was that vague enough?Oct 23, 2007 at 3:53 pm #1406421
Steven EvansBPL Member
For me, length is more of an issue then width – I'm a tall skinny guy…My tarp/poncho measures 55" x 110". I can pitch it right to the ground (guessing 30" height or so) with my poles fully collapsed and still "slither" inside when the weather gets really nasty. I'd get a smaller one, but really, with the crazy light weights of some fabric nowadays, it's hardly worth it. A 5×8 is wider then my setup, so IMO you should be good to go – however, the length would stop ME from using it (how tall are you?)…gotta have room to put your boots too!Oct 23, 2007 at 6:03 pm #1406428
George MatthewsBPL Member
Golite Poncho Tarp measures: 8 ft 8 in x 4 ft 10 in
is big enough for my 5 ft 11
I've used it with Bozeman Mountain Works VAPR Bivy Sack
Excellent results for me so far.
I'm looking forward to trying Mountain Laurel Designs Silnylon Pro Poncho – its shape tapers front to rear (67’ wide front / 55” wide rear / 9’ (108”) Long). Should be getting it soon per the shipping estimate when I ordered it.Oct 24, 2007 at 9:11 am #1406477
@ken_bennettLocale: southeastern usa
I cut my 8×10 foot tarp down to 6×10 feet. It saved 25% of the original weight, and provides plenty of coverage for me and my gear in any weather. I also have a Golite poncho tarp, and when pitched it's just not quite long enough unless I "raise" the edges about 6 inches off the ground. (I'm 6-2.)Oct 28, 2007 at 1:40 am #1406893
It's the size I use with my ID Unishelter & it's fine. The Unishelter is enough for most conditions on its own, the tarp is mainly for dry entry/exit & cooking. With the setup shown below, I stayed dry in heavy rain & 50mph winds overnight in Patagonia.
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