The Hammock Gear Standard Dyneema Fiber Tarp with Doors is Dyneema DCF Tarp that only weighs 7.28 ounces. Many hammock hangers (people who use hammocks) like tarps with doors because they provide more wind and weather and tarps with open ends. For example, Doors can reduce the amount of colder air flowing over, under, and around you. Doors can also increase the amount of usable space under a tarp in blowing rain. However, hammock tarps with doors are significantly heavier than those without so it makes sense to get an ultralight Dyneema hammock tarp with doors for the weight savings it provides.
Pros and Cons of Dyneema DCF
There are pros and cons to all backpacking gear choices, Dyneema DCF. While DCF tarps are strong and lightweight, they’re quite noisy in the rain when it can sound like you’re inside a snare drum. Most DCF shelter material is also fairly transparent so it doesn’t provide much privacy, it doesn’t block daylight from filtering through, and you can “cook” underneath in direct sunlight if you don’t have adequate ventilation.
While potentially troublesome in a ground shelter, these issues are less annoying for a hammock tarp that you’d pitch under the protection and shade of trees. For me, the weight savings outweigh those other concerns, particularly in colder weather when I have to carry extra hammock insulation and wind protection.
The Hammock Gear Standard Dyneema Fiber Tarp with Doors is made using 0.50 ounce per square yard DCFr. I purchased mine with an 11′ ridgeline (10′ and 12′ are also available.) It is 8’6″ wide with a taper center seam, so no seam sealing is required. The tarp has a total of 14 guy-out points, two on the ridgeline, four on the doors, four on the side corners, and four on the side panels.
The tarp has a catenary cut – note the curved sidewalls and door in the photo above – 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 have webbing that is bonded and sewn to the tarp to prevent leaks from needle holes and add strength. Hammock Gear also puts D-Rings on all the webbing, large D-Rings on the ridgeline and small beestie D rings on all of the other guy-outs. Beestie D rings can be used to capture a pole tip to create a porch. It’s also easy to use the beesties on the side panels to tie open one or more doors when you want more airflow through the tarp.
I really like the fact that all the plastic hardware is included with the tarp and not something I need to source on my own. But that’s my personal preference. You don’t strictly need D-rings on a tarp if it has webbing loops sewn on. I do find that’s it easier to change suspensions or tensioning systems when they’re attached to a plastic clip rather than to webbing directly, but that’s because I’m always tweaking and experimenting with different gear and situations.
I really like the Hammock Gear Standard Dyneema Fiber Tarp with Doors because it’s so lightweight but still fully featured. While not a full four-season tarp like the Hammock Gear Dyneema Fiber Palace, the end doors do help cut down on wind and airflow during the colder shoulder season months when I still want to use a hammock.
I chose to buy this tarp from Hammock Gear because it’s made by hammock enthusiasts for hammock hangers who really understand the needs of their customers. I think that’s an important consideration to keep in mind when choosing specialty camping and backpacking gear.
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