Being new to hammock camping, I am not ready to spend big bucks on gear I may never use. I also really enjoy any type of craft and making things myself. So with RSBTR winter tarp kit it was a win win.
I had very little sewing experience but with the kit and instructions I was able to make a serviceable tarp for fraction of what I would have paid. While my stitching may lack something, I am confident it will still work 100% and I may never need to upgrade! Thanks RSBTR! I highly recommend if you are considering at all!!!
Thanks for the review Charles! Making your own gear is SO much more cost effective and satisfying. We're glad you agree. Feel free to share photos of your tarp, we'd love to see. Enjoy!
Kit looks great. I liked that you can customize the fabric and sizing as needed.
The materials are all top notch and the instructions and pattern make things easy to follow.
I will say that, if I had to go back and do this again for the first time, I would definitely go with a fabric that's easier to work with than the MEMBRANE Silpoly (like the 1.1oz Silpoly PU4000 on the WINTER12 Std kit). The MEMBRANE is so slick and so thin that it's hard to handle. Trying to fold it and/or keep it lined up properly if you're doing something like a double-folded hem is a challenge (albeit a fun one, once you get the hang of it).
Anyway, all of this is due to my own inexperience, having never sewn before. If you're accustomed to using light materials and you're familiar with sewing, you'll have zero issues. If not, practice by making lots of stuff sacks first!!
Hey Liam! We appreciate you taking time out of your day to provide some feedback. The UL fabrics can definitely be challenging if you aren't very experienced with them. Glad everything worked out well for ya. Enjoy!
I have very little sewing experience but I thought if I took my time I could do a somewhat decent job. For anyone thinking the same thing I have this piece of advice; make 1 or 2 stuff sacks with this material before you attempt the tarp. Mine turned out ok but I wish I had practiced first.