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FamilyGuy 03-07-2011 01:21 PM

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quote:Originally posted by weedWhacker

I don't think the sil tarp or the MEC scout tarps are very wear-resistant. Both are made by coating a fine-woven fabric with a silicone water-repellant layer. I think that layer is easily abraded, and I think the tarp will leak afterward. I have never used mine as a ground sheet.

Definitely have a lower hydrostatic head and will 'mist' in really hard rains. But that is the trade-off with silnylon. Very light but you give up some waterproofness....

BCBoy88 03-08-2011 12:17 AM

Yes I do use a stuff sack.
Thank you for all the replies. I will need to get some time under each tarp to find out which one I like best :)

For the folks who said it will not retain waterproofing over time, does the material itself start ripping? Or just the coating wears?

FamilyGuy 03-08-2011 08:15 AM

Do you mean Silnylon? UV rays will generally damage silnylon more than comparable PU coated or silicon coated fabrics. It is just too thin. However (big however), you can apply a silicon treatment to the silnylon and it will gain all of its waterproofness back (and then some). But this is over a lot of use, of course.

BCBoy88 03-09-2011 10:22 AM

Thank you for the reply FamilyGuy. Yes I meant the Silnylon tarp.

Wulf2 03-09-2011 07:29 PM

I have bought a couple of these for myself and a friend and they are pretty decent quality . The weight of the 9ft6 x 9ft6 is about 1.2 lb and this is a Canadian company that I have had excellent service from .

I also have a 12ft6 x 9ft6 that weighs 1.8 lb . Shipping was $7.00

http://www.greatadventure.ca/00cart/...idproduct=2112

Wulf

BCBoy88 03-11-2011 12:23 AM

I have heard good reviews of the Chinook tarp. How small will the 9.6' tarp pack up to? Will it fit in a 1L Nalgene water bottle with some room to spare?

Wulf2 03-11-2011 08:50 AM

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quote:Will it fit in a 1L Nalgene water bottle with some room to spare?
I doubt it ; but folded flat rather than stuffed or rolled it takes little room in the bottom of the pack .

Wulf

runningclouds 03-11-2011 02:43 PM

Betamid and Megamid by Black Diamond. They can be set up in the form of traditional tent if the weather turns bad or in a variety of tarp configurations.

msulkers 03-12-2011 06:56 PM

Alpine Threadworks has a nifty tarp that also converts into a bivy sac or can be used as a winter rescue "toboggan."

Check out their website.

I don't find silnylon has a limited life. I use mine (Integral Designs) about a hundred days a year minimum and it's going onto its sixth year without issues.

It's been used in tropical sun, summer downpours, and winter over a snow kitchen. No wear issues and it doesn't drip...

BCBoy88 03-15-2011 06:30 PM

Thank you for the all suggestions.
I ended up buying a tarp at the local shop here, 3Vets (1st & Yukon by Canadian Tire) as I had a discount I could not pass up.

6'8" x 9'10" Silicone tarp from Aqua-Quest (www.aquaquest.ca).
It packs slightly smaller than the Integral Designs Sil-poncho.

Hopefully the tarp holds well - will have to try it out and report back! :)

FamilyGuy 03-17-2011 09:07 PM

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quote:Originally posted by msulkers

Alpine Threadworks has a nifty tarp that also converts into a bivy sac or can be used as a winter rescue "toboggan."

Check out their website.

I don't find silnylon has a limited life. I use mine (Integral Designs) about a hundred days a year minimum and it's going onto its sixth year without issues.

It's been used in tropical sun, summer downpours, and winter over a snow kitchen. No wear issues and it doesn't drip...
Interesting studies done on the degradation of silnylon over time (short time) and the negative effect on hydrostatic head.

http://www.backpackinglight.com/cgi-...e_pagination=1

kellylegros 05-05-2011 04:20 PM


camshaft 05-05-2011 11:57 PM

If your backpacking then weight/space is your obvious target specs.

For backpacking I use the MEC siltarps for kayaking I use the MEC scout or Guides Tarps. They are larger and heavier but more durable.

this one is a hit with the hammock guys at 19.99 but is hard to get because its aways sold out. It is bit heavier and bulky compared to the MEC siltarps.
http://www.bargainoutfitters.com/net....aspx?a=328267


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quote:Originally posted by BCBoy88

Hi folks!
As the subject states, what are some 1 or 2 person tarp recommendations?

I have a Kelty Noah 12x12' tarp and when stuffed becomes 20" taller with a 5.5" diameter. I believe it weights roughly 3lbs. It is taking much too much space in my 35L pack.

I am looking for a smaller tarp that will pack smaller, much smaller and I have noticed many selections at MEC yet alone browsing online.

What tarps do you use and would you recommend it?
Lighter weight is a bonus but my primary aiming is for a smaller package at a value cost. I bought the Kelty Noah for $50, serves GREAT for 3+ people and a dog but too big for single or two person use with a dog.

If you have the MEC Scout Tarp or the Silicone Scout Tarp please indicate the durability of the tarp and if you feel it is roomy for one or two with a dog :p

All replies are appreciated!

cpetterson 05-06-2011 09:51 PM

Im lookin into gettin the silicone scout. If its ripstop nylon then its fine for how much id use it and if its coating gets rubbed off then it can just get sprayed back on.


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