Anyone have any experience with the Tentsmith 6.25 oz./yard oilcloth diamond/tarp shelter, thinking about getting a 10' X 10' for trekking.
Are they tough enough? Are the really as light as they advertise them to be?
Per Tentsmith's website:
People have come to us for the past few years requesting we make Oilskin Tarps for “Trekking”. Constructed of the same fabric as our Watchcoats, the oil/wax finished long staple cotton makes a wonderful tarp for a great early feel. The dark tan/brown fabric is 6.25 oz. per square yard. All tarps are finished with loops on all four sides and on the seam.
Tarps in the sizes of 7’×7′, 8’×8′, 9’×9′, & 10’x 9’ 4″ have one seam and are finished with a center loop. All the loops are heavy duty as they need to stand up to the constant tugging and pulling from the elements. We add the center extra heavy duty loop for those folks that might want to use the tarp similar to the diamond set up.
I've had a 7' x 7' for about 8-9 years now and use it for solo trekking. Mine did not come with a center loop and weighs 3 pounds 5 ounces (per the USPS weight scale at my local post office). I use it in a diamond set up (with the rope under the tarp). I have stayed perfectly dry in bad Florida thunderstorms and my equipment did too. I've been very happy with mine and it has held up well.
The real trekking is the fun part.
we use mine as a two man shelter and do overnight small game hunts. If we don’t get something we done eat. (Well except lately I’ve been bringing some flour for ash cakes in the morning.)