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You got a hammock, and now you want to take camping or even on a backpacking trip. Now it’s time to start thinking about getting a tarp. Or you may even have a tarp that’s not working well for you, and you want to upgrade and just have to sort things to find a tarp. We’ll look at the different styles and types of material fabrics and what size tart would be best for you.

When purchasing a tarp, you first have to consider what you are going to use it for. You may be an ultralight hiker, where you may concern is getting the least amount of weight and bulk as possible, or you may be a backpacker where half the time is on the trail, the other half on camping, or you may want to use it for camping, or you’re going to spend the whole day around camp doing these activities—each one of these to turn on what tarp you may need.

Now it’s basically five different styles of tarps.

The first one is asymmetrical, which is an asymmetrical tarp, then we have a square tarp that makes a diamond shape. We have the hexagonal, which is called the hex tarp, then a rectangle tarp, and then last for a winter tarp, and we’re going to look at the pros and cons to find which one works well for you and the activity you can use it for.

1. Asymmetrical(Asym)Tarp

Most asym tarps are sold, and a parallelogram to mirror a diagonal lay in a hammock. Also, large potholes are used as an asymmetric tarps, and asym tarps are only sufficient in moderate rain storms. Otherwise, they do not provide the best protection, especially in blowing rain. The pros are there fast to set up with only too tight points. They’re lightweight and small to pack. This type would work well for an ultralight hiker. They know they’re not going to be in a heavy rainstorm.


2. Diamond/Square Tarp

The next type is a diamond shape. They’re just a square tarp pitched corner the corner to make a diamond shade, and they have fair to good protection, depending on the size. A basic nine by nine feet or 2.7 by 2.7 meters tarp creates a rich line or a length of more than 12 feet and or over 3 meters, plenty of room for most hammocks, like the asym type, and the diamond shape works well, except for and sideway down for us, the side panels could be extended and unusable, and the straight edges are difficult to keep top. They require a little more setup skills. And that’s because of the many pitching options, which I think is pro, and some types are faster setup because you only have two guidelines. Another negative way they use them is in a diamond-shaped tarp because there’s not a lot of material to protect you. You have to pitch a low.

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3.Hexagonal(Hex) & Catenary-Cut Tarp

Now, the hexagonal or the hedgehog is the most common option used for ultralight hikers and backpackers, and they also can be used for campers. Tarps count typically has capillary cut edges. I create a tarp pitch that eliminates material flapping in the wind, and they’re perfect for protecting you from bad rain storms; depending on the size, they can be fairly lightweight and packable; depending on the material, lightweight can become extremely light but very expensive.

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4. Rectangular Tarp.

The rectangular type often gets a bad rap, and that’s because they’re just so plain ordinary, but they have a lot going for them. Like the score diamond chain types, they have many pitches and options and can be converted into asym tarp. Still, with full side protection, these why tarps can be picked low to the ground for maximum privacy and protection from terrible storms, but the straight edges are difficult to keep top in the wind. The shade means more material which makes it heavier and bulkier than the other three.

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5. Winter/Four-Season Tarp

They provide the best protection from any weather that nature can throw. They’re built off a hex tarp with doors added; winter types are much wider than any other tarp styles so that the sides can be picked low and eliminate drafts and ground flashes. These types usually have side panel polls to create a roomy interior with much more room. One side is closer to the hammock, and to strengthen the tarp. When there are strong wind gusts, they provide the best privacy for changing clothes. When the doors are used, they require more Guide points and set up time, and dependent on the fabrics, they can be heavy, bulky, and a little more expensive, but they could be well worth it in the night for camping you do.

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