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Tarp patch to hold center pole, paddle or oar Part 2


For lightweight tarps.

patch for holding paddle or pole under tarp on silicone coated ultralight nylon

patch for holding paddle or pole under tarp on silicone coated ultralight nylon

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Tarp patch to hold center pole, paddle or oar


Need to use something to keep the middle of your tarp supported?

Sewn on the underside of a tarp, this will keep wear of the main fabric and the pole/paddle in place.

Tarp paddle holder

Tarp paddle holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

Tarp Paddle Holder

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Durability success-70 denier nylon with silicone/polyurethane blend coating


Shower cap made of 70 denier ripstop nylon with a .5 oz silicone and polyurethane blend coating. 14 years continuous use. Coating still waterproof. No fraying. The elastic needs to be replaced, the rubber wore out.

Shower cap made of 70 denier ripstop nylon with a .5 oz silicone and polyurethane blend coating.
14 years continuous use. Coating still waterproof. No fraying. The elastic needs to be replaced, the rubber wore out.

shower cap inside

The fabric is used in tarps and tents for hard use applications. Outdoor schools, rentals etc. Custom made in small batches or seasonally available in stock. Current color is yellow.

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Control those tarp cords


A simple coiling method to keep cord untangled until you need them. I learned this at Outward Bound. Firm Cord works best. I like to use 2mm cord on the most used tie outs and carry a bit of 1mm cord for long reaches to distant anchors.

Starting at the bitter end, coil around hand leaving a foot or two  between the hand and tarp attachment point.

Starting at the bitter end, coil around hand leaving a foot or two between the hand and tarp attachment point.

Wrap the remaining cord tightly around the first coil and then pass a loop, close to the tarp attach point, through one end of the now figure eight shape of the coil.

Wrap the remaining cord tightly around the first coil and then pass a loop, close to the tarp attach point, through one end of the now figure eight shape of the coil.

Loop this over the other end of the figure eight and pull. Reverse process when  you need to use the cord to tie up your tarp/tent.

Loop this over the other end of the figure eight and pull. Reverse process when you need to use the cord to tie up your tarp/tent.

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Thoughts on Tarp Setups


Some of nylon’s stretch can be mitigated by how the fabric pieces are cut out. Curves etc. in seams and hems can help maintain shape. I far as I know, nylon is still the fabric of choice for shock absorption (parachutes, ropes) and does a good job for shelters suddenly loaded by wind or snow.

It does sag a bit at times from temperature drops or moisture. In something like a pyramid tarp, having a method for adjusting the pole upward to take up slack from within the shelter is nice. If your tarp pole is not adjustable, this could be as simple as having a stone handy to place underneath the pole. If you use outside shear poles, reaching under the hem and pulling the two pole bottoms inward can do the same.

Two wooden poles can be  lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

Two wooden poles can be lasted to hold the tarp up from outside.

Be sure in any case or fabric type you stake out the hem in the right shape. On a symmetrical 4 sided mid, a diamond shape instead of a perfect square will produce saggy walls with any fabric. Floored shelters are easier to get the stake out pattern correct. On a floorless shelter you could tie tiny cords corner to corner to insure proper and repeatable layouts.

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Special Deal- silnylon solo tarp $49 shipped


Great little 5×8′ tarp for shelter when traveling fast and light, for the first aid or survival kit, or for outdoor schools sending students out for their solo wilderness experience.

Under 7 ounces and stows to fist size.

Lots of colors.

Blend in colors for stealth or leave no trace camping.

Get ’em here.

FlatTarp1 5x8 solo tarp

FlatTarp1 5×8 solo tarp

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Customer FlatTarp set up Photos


Grateful to a customer who sent these photos of a FlatTarp set up at several campsites.CustomerFlatTarpPhotos

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