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    I am going to be purchasing the HH Explorer Ultralite A-Sym.. and I definitely wanted to get the larger 12'x10' polyester hex rainfly, as it is a free upgrade.

    However I was also looking at the 12'x11' silnylon hex rainfly. It costs twice as much.. is there any other differences besides being lighter and a foot longer?
    Is silnylon more durable/waterproof/whatever than PU coated polyester.. or is it just lighter?

    Anyone have any experiences with either the larger polyester hex fly or the silnylon one?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroomism
    Is silnylon more durable/waterproof/whatever than PU coated polyester.. or is it just lighter?
    It is less durable, but if you don't drag the tarp around on the ground you probably won't have a problem with this. It is less waterproof, but this would be more of an issue for a ground sheet/tent bottom than for a tarp.

    If cost isn't an issue then go for the sil-nylon. There are, of course, numerous options for sil-nylon tarps that are a lot lighter than the Hennessey solution.

    Doug

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    such as what?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroomism
    I am going to be purchasing the HH Explorer Ultralite A-Sym.. and I definitely wanted to get the larger 12'x10' polyester hex rainfly, as it is a free upgrade.

    However I was also looking at the 12'x11' silnylon hex rainfly. It costs twice as much.. is there any other differences besides being lighter and a foot longer?
    Is silnylon more durable/waterproof/whatever than PU coated polyester.. or is it just lighter?

    Anyone have any experiences with either the larger polyester hex fly or the silnylon one?
    the hex fly is heavy,the silnylon is lighter,my wife has a sinylon hex fly,i use a
    jacks r better 8x8 silnylon tarp,the jacksrbetter tarp in my opinion is the way to go,you will be be better off buying a jacksrbetter silnylon fly,it cost
    79.99 and it wieghs 11oz,here is a pic of my jacksrbetter set up and my wifes hh hex silnylon,remember jacksrbetter neo
    http://www.whiteblaze.net/gallery/sh...cat/500/page/1



    http://www.whiteblaze.net/gallery/sh...cat/500/page/3

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroomism
    such as what?
    Brian MacMillin's MacCat Tarp is one option.
    www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com

    Doug Frost

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    I have heard plenty about the jackrbetter tarps. But 8x8 seems a little too small for me. I'd much rather have 12x10 or 12x11 for peace of mind from rain/cooking under/extra room for gear underneath, etc. Not to mention the Explorer Ultralight A-Sym is 9 feet long. It looks like the HH silnylon fly provides tons of extra protection from diagonal rain etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shroomism
    I have heard plenty about the jackrbetter tarps. But 8x8 seems a little too small for me. I'd much rather have 12x10 or 12x11 for peace of mind from rain/cooking under/extra room for gear underneath, etc. Not to mention the Explorer Ultralight A-Sym is 9 feet long. It looks like the HH silnylon fly provides tons of extra protection from diagonal rain etc.
    8x8 is not small,it is 11x11 corner to corner,its more than big enough,it,s the best tarp on the market 11oz and 80 bucks,plenty of tie downs,the seam runs diagnal,here is a pic of my set up,remember jacks r better neo



    http://www.whiteblaze.net/gallery/sh...sort/1/cat/500

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    If 8x8 is too small for you, check out www.outdoorequipmentsupplier.com for a MacCat. I'm testing one now and it gives better coverage on the ends, lots of dry living space, and a nice tight setup without the need for several extra tie-outs that some large rectangle tarps require. It weighs a bit more than the 8x8, but you get lots of extra space for the trade-off.

    Keep in mind, the weights listed on the JRB do not include seam-sealing, and the MacCat weights do. But you need 4 stakes with cord for the MacCat, and only 2 stakes with cord for the JRB.

    I haven't been through a hurricane in my JRB 8x8, but normal rains haven't given me a problem. You just have to make sure it's pitched right.

    I have a few size comparison pics on my page...will have JRB vs MacCat pics up soon.
    http://www.geocities.com/jwj32542/Ha...ampingDry.html

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    FTR, current JRB 8x8 Tarp weight is 9.4 oz, and uses cordura silnyl.

    ....some earlier models did weigh 11oz as often cited, these were a double impregnated silnyl that is no longer available.

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