I received my Warbonnet Superfly (WBSF) Tarp a day or two ago but today was the first day I was able to really get it out and conduct a proper review. Previously I had a tarp by Warbonnet (www.warbonnetoutdoors.com) called the Mamajamba (WBMJ) and also an optional door kit. The WBSF is roughly the same size as the WBMJ with doors but it is one piece of silnylon instead of the doors being detachable. While the detachable doors sound awesome (I thought so, that’s why I ordered it that way), in reality I think it is more of a complication than really needed. Plus, the WBSF just looks sexy. I must say that I have used the WBMJ with doors in pouring rain with 20 mph wind gust and it performed flawless. That means I stayed dry. BUT I WANTED A SUPERFLY!!!! SO I sold the WBMJ and optional door kit on hammockforums (quite quickly) and turned around and ordered a brand new WBSF.
According to the Warbonnet website, the stock WBSF weighs 19 oz. Out of the box, my tarp and stuff sack hit the scale at 19.45 oz.
That’s not bad for a 4 season tarp. I had some hardware, guy lines, double ended stuff sack, and tarp skins from the WBMJ that I transferred over to the WBSF so my total weight is slightly higher at 24.4 oz with all the goodies attached.
I store my tarp in mesh tarp skins from MountainGoat (http://www.outdoortrailgear.com/cottage-industries/mountaingoatgear/mesh-tarp-storage-sleeves/). Frankly, it is probably the best $25 I have spent as it makes set up and tear down SO easy! The mesh sleeves have a little pocket on the end to store your line so it won’t get tangled.
I stuff my tarp (now in mesh skins) into a ZPacks Cuben Fiber Double Ended Stuff Sack (http://www.zpacks.com/accessories/stuff_sacks.shtml). My main motivation was the double ended stuff sack, not the cuben fiber. I was purchasing some other items, so I included this one on my order. When arriving from Warbonnet, the WBSF is in a standard (one end) stuff sack. While this will work, the opening on both ends makes it much easier in my opinion.
For the ridgeline I use the continuous ridgeline from Dutch (https://dutchwaregear.com/product/continuous-ridgeline/#tarp-connector). On the 4 side timeouts I use black Glowire from Lawson Equipment (http://lawsonequipment.com/Reflective-Glowire-Cord/Reflective-Glowire-100-Black-p973.html). I like this cord a lot. It is highly reflective but only if you are shining a light on it directly. I hate tripping over my tie outs and this helps. My doors tie outs are a piece of shock cord about 3 ft long with loops tied in each end.
So I pull out my tarp, open one end of the stuff sack, loop the line around the tree, and attach using Dutch Clip.
I attach the other end using the Tarp Wasp and adjust the spacing of the tarp as necessary. The continuous ridgeline makes this a breeze!
When I am ready to deploy my tarp, I just pull the mesh skins back and the tarp falls toward the ground. I keep my doors tied back in storage.
To tie out the tarp, I stake out the four sides, but now I have a choice. Do I deploy the doors or tie them back? This mostly depends on the weather. If it is slightly breezy or light rain I will often tie both ends out to give me LOTS of room.
Here’s a view from the inside.
If it’s stormy, I will close one or both doors as needed.
My decision was to use shockcord on the doors. I use a length of approximately 30 inches with mitten hooks on each end. They are attached to short loops of Glowire used for over the ridgeline pole mod. My default is doors open on the outside of the tarp.
I can simply hook onto the triangle ring or tieout to close off the end. By doing so, I can easily pull/push the doors to enter and exit, but the doors will snap back to the closed position.
The WBSF is an awesome tarp. While it is a little on the heavy side (about 1.5 pounds the way I have it rigged) it will handle just about anything that Mother Nature can dish out when it comes to rain and wind.