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Lightweight Fly Material?
Mar 28th, 2010 at 5:17pm
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http://www.backpacking-lite.co.uk/diy/make-an-ultralight-solo-micro-tarp.html

I want to make one of these for the front of the new bivy bag for trips to westland ect, but I have no experience with fly material. Does anyone know the best place to buy good ripstop nylon and the best type to use?

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Reply #1 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:49pm
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There's different quality and for the last time go Huntech theirs is the best. Be thinking the model with the pole . Will handle some wind.
By the time you buy and make it will be dearer and likely of lesser quality. If you can find a seam sealer anyway.
Other alternative are small army surplus 3.x2.2 tarp
About 20 euro
  
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primer wrote on Mar 28th, 2010 at 6:49pm:
There's different quality and for the last time go Huntech theirs is the best. Be thinking the model with the pole . Will handle some wind.
By the time you buy and make it will be dearer and likely of lesser quality. If you can find a seam sealer anyway.
Other alternative are small army surplus 3.x2.2 tarp
About 20 euro


Grin you been drinking? I don’t want a bivy, I have a bivy. I want to make a small tarp to cover the bivy, I don’t want something with a pole, I want something that weighs between 100 and 150grams. I just have no idea about the different types of rip stop nylon (silicon impregnated vs coated, 30Dn vs 40Dn ect) and the best place to buy some, that’s all.
  
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Reply #3 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 8:47pm
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I dont want part of your heated discussion , guys , but I would go see my local upholsterer or canvas worker/tent maker/auto trimmer and pick his brains . Or someone who makes oilskin stuff. Gotta be someone in your area .
  

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Sheeesh, if thats how you show appreciation for advice, who would help?
  
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Reply #5 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 9:04pm
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You aren't going to get any cheap lightweight fabric in NZ.

You can buy silicone nylon out of the states, but it sure as hell isn't cheap.

You could try Bivouac, they used to sell shaped Outdoor Research SilNy flysheets. I used a 2 person version cycle touring across Europe last year, and it was great. From memory it was a lot cheaper than buying fabric and making one.
  

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Reply #7 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 9:34pm
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just got a siltarp off e-bay they are suposed to be good, will see what it's like when it arrives then try it out in Fiordland later in April
  

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Reply #8 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 10:08pm
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Heated discussion? You guys must be kidding? I meant nothing by my coment, it was light hearted hence the “ Grin“. I just got an answer that had nothing to do with what I asked and I thort it odd. primer is a great guy, with good advice and if I was looking for a 2 man bivy the advice primer gave would be spot on, but I want to know about nylon…

For all the other coment, thanks, I think I will go and ask some people that make tents ect. It seems every manufacturer has there own different “tex” super light nylon ect and I know nothing about the best weight and style to make a small light weight, water proof fly.

I found someone in the states that sells it by the yard but still don’t know what type to buy.

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Reply #9 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 10:29pm
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Try Kiwi disposals th.ey have a one man kit for making a nuclear fallout shelter or suchlike which has fly pegs line all for $12.50 in a sealed pack.
  
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wazza56 wrote on Mar 28th, 2010 at 9:34pm:
just got a siltarp off e-bay they are suposed to be good, will see what it's like when it arrives then try it out in Fiordland later in April



I'd like if it had a waterhead standard.
Look forward to the report on it anyway.
Guess its about maintaining it with silicone at sometime.

I guess you got to go for the highest weave count on the ripstop.
Getting breathable type just adds cost.
  
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Reply #11 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 10:49pm
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Buy a northridge fly from a hunting shop and chop it up or Cash Converters-buy a cheap tent and hack that up. Some old tent floors are good to chop out for a footprint.
  
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Reply #12 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 10:54pm
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I've got one of them.
It has a higher water head then Huntech. But its not ripstop(sounding like a recording Roll Eyes) And is not as well designed.
Its worth $60 yes.
Could hack that up I guess.

Poncho might be an option. They are pretty useful'
Cheaps one around. The seams on them aren't that strong - they delaminate but can be reglued if can be bothered.
  
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Reply #13 - Mar 28th, 2010 at 11:26pm
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How about one of these.  Multi functional too.
http://www.bivouac.co.nz/sea-to-summit-tarp-poncho.html
http://www.seatosummit.com/products/display/6

Sea to summit make good stuff with an emphasis on lightweight.
  

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Reply #14 - Mar 29th, 2010 at 4:49pm
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give huntech a ring and get a custom one made.  Smiley
  
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