size tarp should I buy?
sell a wide range of tarp sizes in order to allow you maximum
flexibility in your camp setup. Size required depends on many
circumstances, but perhaps the most important considerations
are group size and how important a tarp is for your tripping
style. If you are a base camper, it’s probably more
important to have a large comfortable area under a tarp, so
you would probably want a larger tarp than someone that is
apt to spend most of their tripping time traveling.
did you discontinue selling urethane coated tarps?
CCS discontinued urethane coated tarps because of
the performance advantages of silicone coated nylon over urethane
coated nylon. The biggest advantages for sil-nylon over urethane
coated nylon are strength and weight. 1.1 oz sil-nylon has
approximately 2.5 times the tear strength of much heavier
1.9 oz urethane coated nylon. Silicone coated nylon is also
a much more tenacious coating. Rather than coating one side
of the cloth (as is done with urethane coatings), the fabric
is impregnated with a silicone treatment that individually
coats each nylon fiber, so the coating exists throughout the
entire layer of fabric rather than being a separate coating
that adheres to the surface of the cloth.
is the best way to rig a tarp?
Please download our tarp instructions
(PDF) for a detailed approach to rigging a tarp.
I need to seam seal my tarp?
All CCS tarps come standard with a tube of seam sealer.
It is important to note that this sealer is specially formulated
to work with sil-nylon, not urethane coated nylon (older style
seam sealers will not adhere to sil-nylon). While it’s
not absolutely necessary to seam seal a tarp, if you are under
an unsealed tarp during a heavy or extended period of rain,
it is likely that the nylon thread at the seams will wick
moisture through the tarp and cause dripping at a low point
along the seam. We highly recommend that you use your provided
tube of seam sealer prior to using the tarp.