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jrlatt  
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12/28/2011 09:04PM
 
So I had a question on CCS tarps. What is the best size for 1-2, 4-6, 8 people.

Jrlatt
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kanoes  
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12/28/2011 09:10PM
 
i use an 8x10 when i solo (sometimes i wished it was 10x10). for 2 id go 10x10. beyond 2 i dont have an opinion.


...there were other times i thought i was mainlining the truth of the universe. (rust cohle)
jrlatt  
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12/28/2011 09:23PM
 
Thanks Kanos

I picked up a 10X12, because they were out of 10X14, except for a black one. I didn't think I wanted to go 10x16 and I am worried black would be to hot. My group size is ussually 6, but I do want to do a solo.

I was thinking of using the 10x12 for 1-4 and bring the guide with for the 6-8 group size. The CCS I know would tie up well. Then use the guide to add some extra feet.

or

Maybe I should get the 10x16 and us the guide for the 1-2.

wait till spring and pick up a 10x14.

I thought that I could get some opions of those that have used them.

Jrlatt


kanoes  
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12/28/2011 09:59PM
 
oh, youll get more opinions for sure.


...there were other times i thought i was mainlining the truth of the universe. (rust cohle)
Savage Voyageur  
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12/28/2011 10:07PM
 
I use the 10x12 size tarp for my hammock with the ridgeline on the 12 side. That gives me a 5 foot drop on each side. Next year I will be using it as a tarp over the chairs. I think this size would be fine for about three or maybe four people.


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OldScout48  
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12/28/2011 10:42PM
 
I have always used a 10 x 12 CCS for 1-4 people and added a gear guide this last summer when there were 5 of us. It rained for 2 days and we were all able sit under the tarps and be comfortable. A friend mine had a 10 x 14 CCS and believe it or not he always had to work to find a good spot to hang his tarp.


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fraxinus  
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12/29/2011 08:07AM
 
A 10 x 10 works for 2, wish I'd gone bigger, but I was thinking weight and packability at time.


Piragis has a sale running now through the end of the year. 20% off on online in stock items. Pretty good discount on a tarp available.



Piragis
HowardSprague  
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12/29/2011 08:16AM
 
I have a 10x14 and it's a nice size for 5-6 people, will work for 7.
If you have 7-9 people and need a bit more tarp space, I'd opt for bringing the 10x14 plus a second, smaller tarp - 10x10 or so, rather than going with an even bigger tarp.


"Enjoy every sandwich"
HowardSprague  
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12/29/2011 08:20AM
 
quote OldScout48: "........ A friend mine had a 10 x 14 CCS and believe it or not he always had to work to find a good spot to hang his tarp."


Yeah, probably because you were always standing in the way.


"Enjoy every sandwich"
yellowcanoe  
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12/29/2011 08:30AM
 
I have a 10x14 and love it even for one. Its wonderful for those big storms because there is always adequate cover.


I actually got that large a size because the ridgepole over the picnic table on camping sites here in the North Maine Woods is some nine -10 feet in the air and we found ourselves continually soaked with a 9x9 tarp.


I have not regretted the bigger than needed area for one as I have the 1.1 oz fabric. Its no big deal to tote.


I don't think you will regret getting bigger than you might think you need but too small may leave you unhappy at times.


As I can double over the tarp and still hang it I can hang in small spaces. I have hung with trees about ten feet apart in Quebec. You can always rotate the tarp too.
HowardSprague  
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12/29/2011 10:06AM
 
I think the multitude of tie loops on the tarp also helps, if space is limited.


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butthead  
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12/29/2011 10:15AM
 
YC, "As I can double over the tarp and still hang it I can hang in small spaces. I have hung with trees about ten feet apart in Quebec. You can always rotate the tarp too."


Absolutely! You can make a big tarp work in a tight area, but a small tarp cannot be made larger.


butthead


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jrlatt  
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12/29/2011 10:23AM
 
Yes. I have been thinking I need to go the 10x16 route.


Jrlatt
Sierra1  
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12/29/2011 11:10AM
 
I was in the same position last year looking for a tarp. I ended up with a CCS 10 x 14 because I wanted the extra coverage. If I need less area covered I'll make it smaller by using the ridge line method to hang it. Even when solo I really enjoy the extra coverage it provides.


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KevinL  
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12/29/2011 12:20PM
 
I have two CCS Tundra Tarps. 10x10 and 10x14. I bought the 10x10 last year during Dan’s sale to use when I finally get that hammock. I do also like the larger size because I can drop one end to provide protection from the wind also. Both of mine are of the 1.9 material . This last year I used the 10x10 as a “front porch” mode on the tent.

Seems like I remember Dan saying here once that the 1.9 material is better if you are going to stake it down like I do with the 10x14?


I have never had any issues with it being too big, just drop one side if needed.



KevinL
jrlatt  
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12/29/2011 09:48PM
 
Well I decided to go the 10x16. Bigger is better right. You can let one end fall or roll it up.


Thanks for the comments and have a happy and safe New Year.


Jrlatt
Merganser  
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12/30/2011 12:05PM
 
I have two 10x12 CCS tarps. A friend has a 10x14.


I solo and I don't think the 10x12 is overkill, especially given the additional coverage adds very little weight at1.1 oz per yard.n tht said i do like lots of proteted space and i am a "tarp geek".


For more than two (and sometimes for two) I like to rig both tarps when base camping or if the weather is wet.


We've used the 10x14 on a couple of trips. It works out really well rigged as a lean-to.



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