The Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp is a six-sided catenary cut tarp made with Dyneema DCF that weighs between 4.75 oz and 6.57 oz, depending on its length (10′, 11′, 12′) and whether you want a green or camouflage-colored tarp. It’s a doorless tarp designed for use with a hammock and provides an excellent way to slash the weight of a backpacking/camping hammock setup by as much as a pound if your current hammock tarp is made with silnylon or silicone impregnated polyester (silpoly).
Specs at a Glance
- Product reviewed: HG Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp
- Ridgeline Length: 11′ (also available in 10′ and 12′ lengths)
- Width: 8’6″
- Color: Light Green
- Tensioners: Linelocs
- Weight without added guylines/ridgeline: 4.95 oz actual weight (5.14 oz mfg spec weight)
- Seam-Taped: Yes
- Material:0.50 ounce per square yard Dyneema DCF
The Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp is made using 0.50 ounce per square yard Dyneema DCF. I ordered mine with an 11′ ridgeline (10′ and 12′ are also available.) It is 8’6″ wide with a taped ridgeline seam, so no seam sealing is required. The tarp has a total of 8 guy-out points, two on the ridgeline, four on the side corners, and two on the side panels.
The benefit of using Dyneema DCF (same as Dyneema Fiber) is that it’s very lightweight, doesn’t require seam sealing when taped, and doesn’t stretch when it gets wet. Those are all pluses when it’s used to make a hammock tarp. The chief cons, and there are a few, is that it can be noisy in the rain and it lets a lot of sunlight and moonlight through can disturb light sleepers who are sensitive to light at night.
The tarp has a catenary cut – note the curved walls – which help maintain a taught pitch without wrinkles or flapping when compared to a tarp with square corners, and help to further reduce the tarp’s weight since less material is required.
All of the guy-out points are reinforced, glued, and sewn with an extra layer Dyneema DCF to add strength.
Hammock Gear gives you the option of adding Beastie D Rings or LineLoc 3 line tensioners on all the guyout points and for this tarp. Beastie D Rings are good for sidewalls guyouts because you can stick trekking pole tips into them to prop up a sidewall for porch mode, while LineLoc 3 tensioners eliminate the need for hand-tied friction knots or additional knot-avoidance hardware, like Dutchware Tarpworms, which is what I use on my other hammock tarps.
At the time, I didn’t realize that LineLoc 3s would also be used for the ridgeline guyout points. My bad, because I would have preferred D-Rings to go with the Dutchware Stingerzs I use for my split line tarp suspension. I can still manage to thread the Stingerz through the webbing that attaches the LineLocs to the tarp, but at some point, I’ll bust off those ridgeline LineLocs and replace them with a small metal split rings that I can attach the Stingerz to instead. I chalk this D-Ring mishap up to the fact that I ordered this tarp through email with a Hammock Gear employee and not the Hammock Gear website, although it’s not exactly clear that the result would have been any different given the options available there either.
If this all sounds like Greek to you, I’d encourage you to give some thought as to how you want to suspend your tarp before you buy a hammock tarp and discover it’s not configured optimally for a continuous ridgeline or split ridgeline tarp suspension. Get on the phone and talk to the folks at Hammock Gear if you want some advice or clarification.
The tarp does not come with guylines although you can buy cord from Hammock Gear at a discount to outfit it yourself. Normally I would encourage a vendor to ship a “complete product” to lower the barrier for beginners to purchase and start using it, but I doubt many of this product’s buyers are beginners given its cost ($249). If you’re willing to spend this much money on a Dyneema hammock tarp, this probably isn’t your first rodeo.
The Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Hex Tarp is a great upgrade to an existing hammock backpacking kit and a good way to slash a lot of gear weight at the same time. The tarp’s construction is top-notch although I’d double-check that you’ve ordered the right ridgeline hardware that you want when placing an order, just to be on the safe side, since this is such a significant purchase. While this doorless hex tarp offers less weather, wind, and privacy protection than a tarp with doors, it is ideal for warm weather use when ventilation is a priority. Once outfitted with cordage, it is easy to set up and folds up surprisingly small (you fold Dyneema DCF not roll it), making it much more compact than the silnylon or silpoly tarp that it’ll probably replace. Highly recommended!
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