Tent Tarp Shelter for Hammock, Rain, Sun, Wind
Ultralight yet tough Rain Tarp
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.
This Tarp 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 light colored side reflect the heat of the sun.
This tarp can be used with single person 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, rain resistant 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. Use the tips and trips below for proper hanging.
The basic way to hang this tarp is as follows:
1. Hang your hammock. Look at it hanging there in its banana shape. Now imagine yourself in the hammock but do not get in the hammock. Note the height in the hammock above the ground where your face would be. That is the magic height for a ridgeline. A taught, properly located ridgeline is critical to tarp setup.
2. String a taught ridgeline of paracord from tree to tree at the imaginary face height. Don't worry - the hammock will sag from your weight so the rope won't be in your face.
3. Drape the tarp over the ridgeline and use the attachment lines to secure the tarp in a taught "tent like" manner down from the ridgeline. You can choose a rectangular orientation or angle it for a diamond orientation - your choice. Secure the edges of th tarp with tent stakes in the ground, or brush nearby. You many need additional cordage in some conditions.
That is the basic tarp hanging concept,but there are other tricks and techniques that may improve tarp performance:
* Use the sewn in ridgeline loops located at the edges of this tarp to pass your ridgeline through to provide added stability.
* Sandwich Concept: Properly implemented the sandwich method is very effective. In combination with the above technique - double up your ridgeline. The first ridgeline UNDER the suspended tarp and a second ridgeline directly OVER the outside of the tarp. The dual ridgelines create a "sandwich" of cord around the tarp ridgeline increasing stability. The sandwiched lines will stabilize the tarp during gusty wind and rain.
* Occasionally swirling rain will find a way to get you no matter how well you setup a camp. We have seen rain driven UPWARDs by wind currents. Pay attention to ridgeline ropes as they can "wick" moisture along and into your tent. One trick that works on a ridgeline is a Pringles Potato Chips can flexible plastic lid. Cut the plastic lid with scissors from the edge to the center. Slide the disks over the ridgeline rope outside your sleeping area. The disc will deflect some wicking water off the rope, keeping it from coming in .
* Use Seam sealer in any exposed stitched seams as you would on a tent.
* 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.
Note: We cannot take returns on opened tarps. Used dirty tarps that smell like campfires and are stained with tree sap and dirt simply are not returnable.
Compare to name brands such as Eno, Hennesssy, Byer
||Too heavy for what it is
|I have had this for several years. It is durable... but in my opinion is just too heavy for lightweight backpacking which is why I bought it. IT also does not have enough tie-outs for what it calls the rain ready setup. IT has 3 tieouts on the two short ends, leaving the longest sides with out a mid tieout... this causes it to have very poor wind performance. Wind and rain often go together here, it only works only if there is no wind. I had to add 2 tieouts on the long side... and it is OK. Would be much better if not just a plain rectangle. I will still get wet in rough weather.
I will be replacing it with a lighter hex-tarp and have better coverage.
Everything we bought on this site we have loved.... but IMO this tarp is too heavy and not as functional as the other things we bought here.|
|- Stephen Betzen, TX|