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    Default Best lightweight ground cloth

    Any thoughts on a good lightweight ground cloth for a 2 person tarp?

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    I like 1.5mil Polycryo (window shrink wrap insulation) for weight, compactness, and waterproofness for tent footrprints, but I use Tyveck for sitting ground sheets since bugs/ticks are easy to spot against the pure white.

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    I am hammock hanger, but I carry a piece of tyvek for me to walk on shoe-less under my tarp. It also works for a ground cloth in case I have to go to ground. Just remember to keep folding or rolling it so one side stays clean.
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    I hang now but still use a small piece of Tyvek 43gsm 1443R Kitemaking Material. Itís lighter than regular Tyvek and works well for making a small clean area beneath my hammock to step on or keep gear clean/dry. It also worked well as a footprint under my Zpacks Altraplex tent. As did the Gossamer Gear footprint.

    https://www.amazon.com/Kitemaking-Ma...rds=tyvek+kite

    https://www.gossamergear.com/product...-ground-cloths





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    I use a space blanket light weight, cheap and easy to find in local stores. If your careful it will last a few years.

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    I use tyvek and it works well but when it wears out I’m going to try polycro.

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    Several years ago, I started using 2mil painters plastic drop cloth from Home Depot. A 10x'12' is under $4. It's easy to cut to size, very durable, and lighter than tyvek.
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    I also use Tyvek as a drop cloth under my hammock. I was fortunate enough that I some for free from a build site down the road and they were tossing out some odd shaped scraps and I was able to find a couple that worked for my girlfriend and I. Even if I had to purchase it, it isn't all that expensive. In the end, I imagine it comes down to how much you are willing to spend and how long you are willing to wait if you need a new one.

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    I have Tyvek, but it does lose its water-proofness AND really grabs onto all the pieces of leaves and twigs it touches. Switched to some super light-weight, strong clear plastic sheating (but alas can't remember name or source!).
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    A piece of reflectix insulation(the silver bubble wrap looking stuff on a/c ducts) makes a good lightweight insulator and forest crud does not stick to it.You won't damage it easily either.Makes a great insulator for feet if you use a 3/4 length underquilt on your hammock or you could "go to ground" on it.My polycryo ripped after two trips.

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    We actually stitched together tyvek running bibs from a few dozen running events. Has character!

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