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    Just something to peruse....my homemade Winter Tarp. I prefer a center pole as in my experience it sheds snow better and does not trap it on flat spots on top of the tarp.
    A tarp is a tarp. It is all about the pitch.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Druid011 View Post
    Can anyone recommend some tarps that will specifically stand up to winter weather? I'm from Michigan if that helps.
    Many "winter" "tarps" are simply rectangles that have attachment points that allow the corners to be folded in to function as doors. So, any rectangular tarp that is wide enough and long enough can serve as a doored tarp. The ones from that various recommended vendors above have all the attachment points in all the right places to work that way.

    I shy away from using the word "tarp" for those skillfully crafted and somewhat specialized pieces of gear. Tarps, to me, are simple, functional rectangles. I find "fly" or "rainfly" to be much more appropriate.

    As Shug pointed out, poles can help shed snow. All the good tarps will "stand up to winter weather." Doors are a definite plus! Some would say they're a necessity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowTech View Post
    Depending on how tight your budget is this is an alternative that I've used for a few years, the only downfall I've experienced is that it's silnylon instead of silpoly and does the slight sag when wet that needs to be adjusted out.

    https://www.onewindoutdoors.com/prod...aterproof-12ft

    And even more budget friendly is this one that I just ordered but haven't yet received (should be in today),

    https://hanginghighhammocks.com/prod...-hideaway-tarp

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    Did you receive the Hideaway yet. I need something for winter car camping in a bridge hammock once or twice a year, so I can't justify spending a lot on a fancier tarp.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    Did you receive the Hideaway yet. I need something for winter car camping in a bridge hammock once or twice a year, so I can't justify spending a lot on a fancier tarp.
    I did and have been testing it since right after I got it, which was earlier Dec. It has some small design issues (I have a textile and structural design background) but nothing major.
    I do like the cat cut edges as it cuts down wind flap noise and seems to make the tarp more stable in my very windy environment. It is my first cat cut tarp, so there is that. Of course the cuts make the over all width a little less than I'm used to but still a decent amount.
    The construction is clean and well done.
    The silpoly is a little thicker than my other tarp (Onewind) but not much.
    I can't say much about the snaps on the doors since that kind of thing doesn't work in the winds here.
    The main fault I see is that the pull-out tabs are sewn on upsidedown to how they should be for the direction of pull.

    Would I recommend it at the price, definitely. That is if it wide enough for what you need being that you're using a bridge and I have no experience w/ them.IMG_20231224_104108750.jpgIMG_20231229_135749151_HDR.jpgIMG_20231229_135706917_HDR.jpgIMG_20231229_135828025_HDR.jpg

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    How does it compare to your OneWind as far a coverage and weight? I was looking at the OW but seeing this has me considering the cheaper option.

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    I got a winter tart from simply light designs and I like it even got the pole mods with it
    Its a good day to be out in the woods no matter the weather.Mist One..

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    Quote Originally Posted by LowTech View Post
    Depending on how tight your budget is this is an alternative that I've used for a few years, the only downfall I've experienced is that it's silnylon instead of silpoly and does the slight sag when wet that needs to be adjusted out.

    https://www.onewindoutdoors.com/prod...aterproof-12ft

    And even more budget friendly is this one that I just ordered but haven't yet received (should be in today),

    https://hanginghighhammocks.com/prod...-hideaway-tarp

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    Thanks! I only have about 6 tarps. Maybe more...............Yup, more
    Since I retired, some times I stay awake all day, some times all night.

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    Underground Quilt is located in Michigan and makes an AWESOME winter tarp. Super customizable with lots of mods! Chad and the gang will do whatever they can to make sure you find what you need. They will be at the Ludington hang in February and miCHILIgan (just south of Grand Rapids) in October if you want to stop by and pick their brains.

    I live in Michigan as well and can wholeheartedly recommend them.

    https://ugqoutdoor.com/

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    Quote Originally Posted by mistone View Post
    I got a winter tart from simply light designs and I like it even got the pole mods with it
    That's what I need: a winter tart!

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    Jeez, it's 44-deg F and 40-mph steady with gusts up to 50-mph. Can't imagine how to mitigate this in a hammock. Texas gets some crazy weather.

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