I made a tarp sleeve and a hammock sleeve with this material.
Since it is slippery, it is a little difficult to sew the hem.
Sewing may require some practice.
But the work that rewards the hard work is done!
Easy to compress, so pleased with the packing!
I bought it for a raincoat, but “accidentally” built a tarp for my hammock. Slippery as heck, but it’s extremely light weight and packable enough that my new (bigger) tarp compresses down to a third of the size of the original. Can’t wait to see how small a raincoat gets!
I recently started making my own gear and practiced on 2 simple hammocks before attempting the Winter 12 UL project. The result came out really good, with a few issues sewing due to setting tension on the sewing machine and the fabric not being pulled through consistently (slippery in addition to needing to put tension on it to keep the hem in the right place.) I did not cut cat curves and it tensions just fine - I like being able to seal to the ground when pitching with trekking poles like a tent. Also, definitely bond the reinforcements to the tarp, I set mine 1" in from the edge to allow enough material to double roll the outer hem. DO NOT use the eco mineral spirits if you go the GE Sil II route; make sure to have good old mineral spirits (my first attempt with eco didn't cure). Lastly, the instructions state "coming soon" for the panel pulls... STILL!!!!! I didn't put mine on for fear of messing up the middle of the panel and the lack of instructions bonding/sewing the pullouts. In summary - I'd buy this and do it again!
Using this as the bottom of our sleeping bag cover/personal bivy, version 2.0. A bit tough to sew because it is so light and slippery.
Question to RSBTR, we are planning on using the cover in the Alpine Hut System in Germany and Austria this summer. Many of the huts now require that all bedding be microwave sterilized to help prevent bed bug infestation. Is the Membrane Silpoly safe to microwave?
Made a pyramid tent, excellent fabric, not that expensive, light weight