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What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

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Unread 04-27-2013, 08:22 AM
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Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

I use nylon ripstop, (same stuff used on tent floors) I bought some in bulk, cut it a little bigger than me and my sleeping pad footprint. Super light, waterproof etc. I also use a piece when I am deboning critters on the hill to place meat on, to keep it clean. Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics in Caldwell has lots of colors and you can buy it online. or if you want to try some I'll sell my leftover material for cheap. I have way more than i can use.
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    Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

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    I use nylon ripstop, (same stuff used on tent floors) I bought some in bulk, cut it a little bigger than me and my sleeping pad footprint. Super light, waterproof etc. I also use a piece when I am deboning critters on the hill to place meat on, to keep it clean. Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics in Caldwell has lots of colors and you can buy it online. or if you want to try some I'll sell my leftover material for cheap. I have way more than i can use.
    +1 on Outdoor wilderness fabrics.
    Andy, I use tyvek. I've sewn the edges and added multiple loops so I can use it for a tarp also. Its great stuff and its cheap and very durable. I also use mine to lay quarters or meat on while you are field dressing. I also have a brooks range mountaineering ultralight guides tarp that I use sometimes.

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    Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

    Ripstop Nylon purchased from Joann's Fabric (local). It's not waterproof, but water resistant as it's a tightly woven synthetic material. I use a 3 layer gortex bivy sac as opposed to a tent.

    If you purchase material from an online place I would recommend a silicone coated nylon. Light and waterproof. They have various thicknesses available to meet your weight/durability needs.
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    Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

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    I use nylon ripstop, (same stuff used on tent floors) I bought some in bulk, cut it a little bigger than me and my sleeping pad footprint. Super light, waterproof etc. I also use a piece when I am deboning critters on the hill to place meat on, to keep it clean. Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics in Caldwell has lots of colors and you can buy it online. or if you want to try some I'll sell my leftover material for cheap. I have way more than i can use.
    Any chance it fire treated?
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    Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

    No it is not fire treated, just silicone treated. Like 1sevenzero there are different weights, as a rule of thumb, lighter for above you and heavier for below you.
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    Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

    I use a cheap sheet of poly sheet from Harbor Fright, with grometed corners. Some items demand frugality. This is one.
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    Re: What do you use as a lightweight ground cloth in your floorless shelter?

    I use tyvek. There are a lot of stores online that will sell you custom cut sizes. Arrowhead Equipment does I think, and I know that Zpacks used to as well.
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