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siltarps, sea to summit.

climbndrive

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I aquired a sea to summit siltarp about 6 years ago and have used it a bit 3mtrx5mtr i think a bit large sometimes,it has pre sewn pouches on the corners for your guy ropes,handy as a quick cover, has anyone else used these,for more hardcore use in heavy rain and wind,curious to the robustness of the product.
 

darren

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I dont have the shelter you mention but i do have a few silnylon shelters and have not has any problems with them if you put some thought into your set up and maintain a taught pitch. I have made a silnylon tarp and heaps of stuff bags and it is surprisingly strong for those applications.
Hope that helps
 

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I don't have the sea to summit tarp, but silnylon is a great material. It doesn't have as high a water pressure head rating as PU coated nylon (as in waterproof under a specific pressure) but that only really matters if it is used as a groundsheet and you're kneeling on the fabric with water puddled underneath.
As a fly material, it's great. The tensile strength of sil is higher than PU coated nylon, though it's lighter if I remember correctly.
A store owner showed me a test once; he poked a hole through silnylon with a pencil (not particularly sharp, so it basically separated the fibres rather than cutting them). He then scrunched the fabric up and opened it out... the fabric healed itself.
 

Corin

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Those sea to sumit tarps are very expensive, but it will no doubt be excellent, they make great stuff.

I use a $25 Hiker fly and it works great for me in any conditions. ]

Darrens advice as usual is spot on. If you get wet you set it up wrong.
 
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