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    Default Hammocking in a hailstorm

    This is just a few miles from Henryville, IN, the town devastated by the tornado last week. I knew this trail was close to Henryville and was hoping anyone caught out there made it out OK. The Knobstone is Indiana's version of the AT. It is often bone dry with water caching required.

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    The size of those hailstones are insane. Great tarp. You guys probably recognize his setup.
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    Yeah, that could have turned bad. I was on the AT, near Albert Mtn when that system blew through. The straight line winds rocked the shelters and stripped a number of limbs of trees. Mostly, though, the rain drenched us, thoroughly. Then came the snow!

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    wow man!!! i can't believe that vid isn't getting any love here. really amazing the size of that hail and that your tarp wasn't shredded....
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    I'm from Greenville, IN which is about 5 minutes from Henryville. I am glad you stayed safe. The storms devastated the region. That is a tough ass tarp!!!

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    Silnylon, can't beat it!

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    Wow, that is crazy. Been thinking of making the conversion and was wondering how hammocks held up in severe weather. Think that vid just answered my question.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wags View Post
    wow man!!! i can't believe that vid isn't getting any love here. really amazing the size of that hail and that your tarp wasn't shredded....
    OK - I love that video! (actually commented as such on YT). At first, because of the color, I thought it was Cuben fibre, but now I realize it is good-ol Silnylon. From experience in wind/rain & tiny hail I know that Silnylon tarps are very tough, but that's the biggest/nastiest hail I've seen pounding a tarp. Makes the rain & mud here in the PNW seem like a blessing

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    Awesome,I'm gonna put some simple syrup in my pack....cause you never know when life's gonna throw you a "Snow Cone"
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    Looks like an OES tarp. Glad to know it will take a beating like that!
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    Just goes to show how comfortable hanging out under a tarp can be. IMO, sitting through a storm would be a lot less comfortable inside a tent on the ground.

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    Wonder if the Cuben Fiber would hold up to that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Deadeye View Post
    Just goes to show how comfortable hanging out under a tarp can be. IMO, sitting through a storm would be a lot less comfortable inside a tent on the ground.
    I've been through tons of storms on the ground. My comfort was just fine. I have no idea what comfort has to do with the storm.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    Wonder if the Cuben Fiber would hold up to that.
    Cuben fiber comes in many thicknesses. For the weights of material usu used for tents, I would think better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wise Old Owl View Post
    Wonder if the Cuben Fiber would hold up to that.
    depends what thickness. most cuben tarps are pretty thin (.51 or .74). idk how they'd handle that kind of business. the stretch qualities of the sil probably were what saved it from puncture. if you care to test yours out just have someone start throwing rocks into the air and have them land on your tarp. make sure they are about snowball size ones like the video showed :O
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wags View Post
    depends what thickness. most cuben tarps are pretty thin (.51 or .74). idk how they'd handle that kind of business. the stretch qualities of the sil probably were what saved it from puncture. if you care to test yours out just have someone start throwing rocks into the air and have them land on your tarp. make sure they are about snowball size ones like the video showed :O
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    Great vid. Glad u were ok.


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