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    Hey folks any thoughts and a good affordable sil-nylon camo tarp? I'm looking for one that is no smaller than a 8X10 ft. Our scout troop wants to do more primitive camping and I thought this would be a great addition to my kit. Thanks for any help.


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    I spent $110 on a 10x12. For the money, take a tarp, For the packability, the silnylon is amazing.
    I had a compass, but without a map, it's just a cool toy to show you where oceans and ice are.

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    In addition to more primitive camping, a good project might be to have them make their own.

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...=homemade+tarp
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    I was thinking of that option as well. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    In addition to more primitive camping, a good project might be to have them make their own.

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...=homemade+tarp
    I talked with my wife's cousin who sews she said if I can get the material she will make one for me.. Now I have to do a bit of scouting.

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    Here is the cheapest I have found, they sell it over on BCUSA's store.

    It's 10x10 for 60 bucks, they also sell a 5x7 for $22 http://www.bushcraftoutfitters.com/M...t-woodland.htm
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sparky93 View Post
    Here is the cheapest I have found, they sell it over on BCUSA's store.

    It's 10x10 for 60 bucks, they also sell a 5x7 for $22 http://www.bushcraftoutfitters.com/M...t-woodland.htm
    Thanks so much for the info!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman View Post
    Thanks so much for the info!
    Not a problem brother
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    Quote Originally Posted by Wingman View Post
    I talked with my wife's cousin who sews she said if I can get the material she will make one for me.. Now I have to do a bit of scouting.
    Some of the WalMarts around here carry sil-nylon in their fabric department. JoAnns Fabric (probably any fabric store) carries it as well.
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    I will scout around the local Walmarts to see if they carry any product. Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by crashdive123 View Post
    In addition to more primitive camping, a good project might be to have them make their own.

    http://www.wilderness-survival.net/f...=homemade+tarp
    +1 on this tutorial good stuff on a DYI
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    Having made a few silnylon tarps, and a camo one, here is what I have learned.

    First, the BCUSA tarp is not silnylon. It is ripstop nylon that is urethane coated. Urethane coating is heavier than silnylon. It is also cheaper and easier to apply commercially. The majority of tents on the market are urethane coated.

    Ripstop nylon comes in different weights. It starts at 30D 1.1 oz per sq yard, and goes up from there. 1.1 oz and 1.9 oz seem to be the most popular. These weights are for uncoated, breathable, not-waterproof fabric.

    I have never found camo rip-stop nylon less than 1.9 oz per sq yard. The 1.1 is always a solid color. You can get 1.1 in solid camo colors (like coyote brown, foliage green, OD green, etc) but it is always a solid.

    Silnylon is ripstop nylon that is impregnated with silicon, as opposed to coated with urethane. I have never seen it done commercially on anything other than 1.1 oz fabric. I have never seen camo silnylon commercially either. The camo fabric is always 1.9 oz or heavier, and always urethane coated. I have seen people take breathable, uncoated 1.9 oz camo and silicon impregnate it themselves. I did that myself.

    So, now you have to ask yourself what you really want. Do you have to have a silnylon camo tarp, or are you just looking for a tarp that is camo?

    Buying fabric at Walmart is never a sure thing. I have found most of my fabric there, but I was really lucky. If you ever do find it there, buy the bolt. Buying online is the only sure way to get what you want/need. I would suggest hitting all the walmarts in your area first, then buy online. Joan's is never a sure thing, and they are usually more expensive.
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    Quote Originally Posted by finallyME View Post
    Having made a few silnylon tarps, and a camo one, here is what I have learned.

    First, the BCUSA tarp is not silnylon. It is ripstop nylon that is urethane coated. Urethane coating is heavier than silnylon. It is also cheaper and easier to apply commercially. The majority of tents on the market are urethane coated.

    Ripstop nylon comes in different weights. It starts at 30D 1.1 oz per sq yard, and goes up from there. 1.1 oz and 1.9 oz seem to be the most popular. These weights are for uncoated, breathable, not-waterproof fabric.

    I have never found camo rip-stop nylon less than 1.9 oz per sq yard. The 1.1 is always a solid color. You can get 1.1 in solid camo colors (like coyote brown, foliage green, OD green, etc) but it is always a solid.

    Silnylon is ripstop nylon that is impregnated with silicon, as opposed to coated with urethane. I have never seen it done commercially on anything other than 1.1 oz fabric. I have never seen camo silnylon commercially either. The camo fabric is always 1.9 oz or heavier, and always urethane coated. I have seen people take breathable, uncoated 1.9 oz camo and silicon impregnate it themselves. I did that myself.

    So, now you have to ask yourself what you really want. Do you have to have a silnylon camo tarp, or are you just looking for a tarp that is camo?

    Buying fabric at Walmart is never a sure thing. I have found most of my fabric there, but I was really lucky. If you ever do find it there, buy the bolt. Buying online is the only sure way to get what you want/need. I would suggest hitting all the walmarts in your area first, then buy online. Joan's is never a sure thing, and they are usually more expensive.
    Great post! Thanks. I tried WalMart in my area and no go I guess people in the San Diego area don't sew. LOL Thanks for the info I learned a lot.

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    I know that GoLite has a sil-nylon tarp
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