DIY Tarptent weight?

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I've got a pretty nice 2 person taptent coming along, just need to design a door and make a few modifications on it. I'm curious what you all would consider "ultralight" as far as weight goes NOT including stakes?

Here she is so far- I can post pics as I make changes in anyone is interested.

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Wow, that looks great. I like how you made it with 6 sides, kind of a Hexagon design. I made (I mean my wife made :)) me a 9'x11' square tarp but added guy out point not only on the bottom edges but also at strategic locations on the sides about 2/3's of the way up.

With guy lines, stakes and baggies it comes in at 29oz. I bet yours is half that weight.
 
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Thanks! Yeah I'm about to sew in some guy out tabs half way up on the sides. Waiting for some extreme wind to set it up in to see if I can destroy it. I'm only $33 in so far.
 

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If you made that youself, my hats off to you, that is some nice sewing work. I watched my wife do it and I like to think of my self as being pretty handi, but I know I would not have been able use the sewing maching with any kind of half decent result. It would have been a big mess and left forgotten. lol

what are your demisions?
 
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Yeah it will pitch flat also. Thanks for the sewing compliments too lol.

Dimensions are 8.5ft long, 5 ft wide at rear, 8.2ft wide in front (material). Actual ground space width depends on how high its pitched.
 
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Just weighed this baby at the post office- 10.2 oz without the stakes. They are .3 oz each and I'll need 8 of them, so it looks like the whole setup is coming in at 12.6 oz as it sits pictured. I still have about 1.5-2 oz worth of work to do, but I'm confident that the finished product fully enclosed and reinforced will be under 14.5 oz. My goal was 1lb.
 
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Anyone ever try to make one out of tyvek?

I tried it last year. It's tough stuff, but really noisy and doesn't pack down very small. I have read about other people using it with good success though.
 

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man i never thought id want to know how to sew. you guys must have been paying attention in home edc. i just took it for the girls but never got any sewing skills out of it. did have a kid at 17 however so i guess i got out of it exactly what i was paying attention too...
 

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man i never thought id want to know how to sew. you guys must have been paying attention in home edc. i just took it for the girls but never got any sewing skills out of it. did have a kid at 17 however so i guess i got out of it exactly what i was paying attention too...

That right there just made my night! I went back to this thread to ask what materials and if I could see your plans (if any). Thanks!
 

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Dang thats nice!! I have been wanting to do something like that so i dont have to pack my 4# tent in the summer and early fall.What material did you use and where did you find it?
Thanks for showin it
Steve
 
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Ebay, silnylon. I have some really cool other designs in the works but I don't want to put them on the internet since there is nothing even close in design on the market. If anyone wants to buy this one, let me know. All I want for it is enough to pay for my next batch of materials. PM me.
 

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NIce tarp!!

Whats wrong with your front lawn though? :)

Let me point out something before this gets misconstrued. Bsa is an animal with a weedwhacker. Ive seen the pics! Its not the lawns fault. It tried. But stood no chance.

Weights and stitching look great!
 

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Let me point out something before this gets misconstrued. Bsa is an animal with a weedwhacker. Ive seen the pics! Its not the lawns fault. It tried. But stood no chance.

Weights and stitching look great!

bwahahaha, hes never gonna leave that behind him..
i was more curious what denier silnylon you used and why you chose it?
 

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