As a beginner on a budget. I appreciate this option. Learning to sew and hammock have been fun. Please put your instructions for the kit together and make them separate from the other tarp kits. No instructions for stuff sack, inadequate instructions for seaming for beginners.
First off, let me say that RSBTR is awesome. They've been getting alot of my money lately. I'm hooked. I cant wait to go backpacking using the pack I made, and sleep under my winter12 tarp in my self made apex climashield sleeping bag.
Starting off its kind of confusing. I had to download the pdf instructions. The silnylon was stuck together where it was laser cut. I had to peel it apart.the fabric seemed ok though. Take your time sewing the ridgeline. It is not possible to guide it evenly by hand. I pinned the seam and hand stitched a little tack stitch every 6 inches or so and then removed the pins. This made it easy to sew straight through.
I actually bought this for a ground tarp with a bug mesh tent inside, not a hammock. Its too tall to pitch with regular trekking poles and still have the doors line up. So I'll have to use trees or put 6" jackpole extensions on my trekking poles.
My 1.1oz silnylon tarp weighs 1lb 10 oz with 3mm paraccord guy lined
I'm very happy with the order. Everything arrived quickly and packaged in an organized manner. All materials were very high quality and fit together better than expected. The material sample kit included much more material than I expect and was enough to make two additional 5L stuff sacks. Great tutorial videos and after sales support. Thanks Ripstop team.
As always, the fabric from RSBTR is top notch and the customer service is excellent. Having the fabric pre-cut is a major time saver and well worth the small additional cost! I'd definitely recommend this kit!
My suggestion: The directions are missing the section on attaching the panel pull-outs and the directions for the corner reinforcements do not match the shape / cut of the reinforcements that are sent with the kit. It took a bit of head scratching to figure out which reinforcements were for which parts of the tarp. My (possibly wrong) conclusion: square is for panel pulls, ice-cream-cone shape is for door tie-outs, and half-circle shape is for ridgeline and corner tie-outs. Maybe the new reinforcements are meant to be glued / seam-sealed on like the reinforcements in the ultralight winter tarp kit? If you do want to sew them on, make sure to hem any edges that would end up raw (i.e., not hidden under the rolled hem along the tarp edge).
This is a kit like God's grace because I don't have room to cut the vast tarp fabric.
1.1silpoly was easier to sew than expected, and a great winter tarp was output!
It is recommended to use a thread with a small expansion rate.
Also, each tieout tried the same method as the ultralight version, but it seems to work well with 1.1 too!
I would be happy if there were a little more color variations, but still a great DIY kit!
RSBTR is a treasure trove for me:)