Tent Tarp Shelter for Hammock, Rain, Sun, Wind
In a good, better, best world, this qualifies as a BEST ! Well thought out, tough materials, and excellent construction.
This All Purpose Tarp Shelter, by Hammock Bliss, is your portable multifunctional waterproof hammock shelter for rain, wind, or sun protection. Or just use it to protect your gear. The shelter can be used as either a diagonal diamond for easy speedy set up or as a rectangle for maximum protection from the elements. The hammock tarp shelter comes complete with 100 inches of integrated cord at each of the 6 attachment points. The Shelter is truly multi-purpose. Those of you with an eagle eye will notice that one side is light color to reflect sun and heat, and the other is coated and rain proof to keep you dry in your nest. Keeps you dry in your hammock in rainy conditions, or flip it over and let the white side reflect the heat of the sun. Or use it to protect your gear from the elements. The shelter features dual colors. Use the blue polyurethane coated side of the shelter against the rain and the white side of the shelter to reflect the sun. It can be used with many types of hammocks or alone as an ultralight tent. Constructed of high quality, tough, water repellent - 75 denier polyurethane coated nylon and is 120 inches long x 136 inches diagonal x 68 inches wide. It fits into an included 8 x 9 inch stuff sack and weighs only 16 oz. with stuff sack, 15.3 without.
Remember to get some paracord, small Figure 9's and ultralight Ti tentstakes (sold in sidebar). The paracord makes it easy to tie a ridgeline The figure 9's, cord, and tent stakes make it easy to tighten the corners and sides into to a taught, wind resistant, raintight set.
Machine Wash and Dry
Please Note: The hammock in the picture is sold separately and is not included with the shelter.
Also consider using the Tent Lines sold in sidebar for quick setup and secure of your Tarp. Use your hammock with a sleeping pad (also sold in sidebar) for added comfort and thermal insulation.
The ropes included with the tarp are not intended as the primary or sole means of suspension. Buy some Paracord ! If you just try to hang it by the included attachment ropes - you will fail, and will probably get very wet.
The proper way to hang a tarp is as follows:
1. Hang your hammock. Imagine yourself in the hammock but do not get in the hammock. Estimate the height above the ground where your face would be. That is the magic height for a ridgeline
2. String a taught ridgeline of paracord from tree to tree at that height (don't worry - hammock will sag so the rope won't be in your face).
3. Drape the hammock over the ridgeline and use the attachment lines to secure the hammock in a taught tent like manner over the ridgeline.
That is the basic concept though there are many tricks you can use to improve your shelter.
* Use the built in ridgeline loops in this tarp to pass your ridgeline through to provide added stability.
* Sandwich Concept: In combination with the above technique - double up your ridgeline. - passing one rope UNDER doubling back OVER the tarp creating a sandwich of cord around the tarp ridgeline increasing stability
* Occasionally rain will find a way to get you no matter how well you setup a camp - it just does - remember, you are camping ! You just want to minimize it. Pay attention to ropes as they can "wick" moisture along and into your tent. One trick what works on a ridgeline is a pringle can flexible lid. Cut the plastic lid with scissors from the edge to the center. Slide the disks over the ridgeline rope outside your sleeping area. It will deflect some wicking off the rope, keeping it from coming in .
* Experiment There are hundreds of ways to rig a tarp, hammock - different knots, toggles, angles, orientation with respect to the wind, tricks, traps, etc. Don't be afraid to experiment ! Have Fun.
Used dirty tarps that smell like campfires and are stained with dirt simply are not returnable.
Compare to name brands such as Eno, Hennesssy, Byer