DIY Tarp Build – Ultralight Membrane Silpoly

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This is a DIY Tarp that I build specifically for hammock camping in 3 season use. However, the square tarp design is a very versatile one, and it can be pitched in many different ways on the ground with trekking poles. I went with Membrane Silpoly for a material. It doesn’t have as much stretch as silnylon, and it doesn’t absorb water or suffer from UV degradation as much.

Membrane Silpoly fabric:
HyperD300 reinforcement facric:
MSR Mini Groundhog stakes:
Ultimate Hammocks straps:


  1. Spokes on September 16, 2019 at 8:05 pm

    How much extra did you allow for the French seam? 5/8” or more?

  2. Bishop Archery on September 16, 2019 at 8:15 pm

    Love this channel, great information and passion goes into your videos. Keep up the great work.

  3. GizmoBee1702 on September 16, 2019 at 8:16 pm

    Great job! Most guys can’t sew worth a darn. You did good, from design to completion. Congratulations!

  4. Greg Magnant on September 16, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    Nice tarp and camping rig. How’d you do with the elk?

  5. kaboom362 on September 16, 2019 at 8:32 pm

    That’s impressive.
    You’re pretty smart guy.
    You should consider holding a seminar

  6. John Does on September 16, 2019 at 8:33 pm

    I’ve used to seal a poly tarp clear grease bicycle grease fur gars yes it can be a little messy but in time it will stop when I was wiping down real good with a rag and it gets into the joints and it actually does a better job than the silicone to silicone won’t work itself into the joints

  7. Rough Rock Outdoors on September 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Cool video man, i may have to try this some time and if i do i will post a video to my channel

  8. Tony V on September 16, 2019 at 8:55 pm

    Nice video, very informative…thanks for your efforts

  9. Patrick Manganello on September 16, 2019 at 9:00 pm

    What are your thoughts on this diy underquilt?It looks very intuiative.
    Check it out.

  10. Chris Moore on September 16, 2019 at 9:01 pm

    Sorry, my question is not about the tarp, which looks great, but about the hammock. I cannot sleep on my back for very long, so is it even possible to sleep on your side or stomach in one of those?

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