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    Default Configurations with Tentsmiths oilskin trail tarp

    After seeing a review of a open front watch coat from Tentsmiths on youtube, I checked out their website and found an 8X8 oilskin trail tarp. I brought it and a closed front watch coat out to run some test on expedient shelter setup as I plan to use these two items on 2 to 3 expeditions in southern Indiana and Ohio this year.
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    The tarp and watchcoat fold up considerably small for what they are, fit well in the Duluth Scout pack leaving room to spare with the rest of my kit, and are pretty darn light for traditional gear.
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    Size reference with the pack. I only used these "scrap" pieces of cordage that are in various spots in the scout kit.
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    The tie outs are reinforced in diamonds of oilskin quite impressively. This piece of gear combines attributes I have been looking for quite some time being rugged and traditional and still relatively light. Tentsmiths nailed it on this one. There was a steady light rain while I did this excercise so it worked out real good for me.
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    Here is the tarp setup in typical lean fashion with the watchcoat laid down for a piece of ground cover. Which is my plan for it as well as being used as a poncho.
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    This tarp has tie outs sewn in every 2 feet down the center seam lending itself to even more versatility. Here I basically staked out the corners and strung up the center and front facing the fire pit creating a pup tent type situation. I waited out the drizzle and smoked some pipe tobacco in this one for twenty minutes.
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    Basic diamond configuration capitalizing on one of the center seam tie outs to maximize space. This setup goes up very quickly and easily.
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    For me its important that a tarp which will be used on planned overnighters and expeditions has the ability to provide overhead cover and ground cover in and of itself in one shot. I was on a 4 day advanced survival course last year with my cover element being a reusable emergency space blanket and a German military wool blanket, I survived but was definitely not loving it. Therefore this is key for me and for todays test run it performed well.
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    With the ground cover taken care of the watch coat can be used to close up an additional side of the shelter. For a test of expedient setup and packability this tarp and watchcoat has exceeded my expectations and graduates to being a permanent part of my travel kit. The true tests will come in the upcoming trips.
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    Great piece of kit. Congrats on gettin one. Have had mine for 4 years now?

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    thanks for the photos ...

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    Awesome man, an oilskin tarp is close to number one on my want list
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sgt. Mac View Post
    Great piece of kit. Congrats on gettin one. Have had mine for 4 years now?

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    Yea I saw that in the past. Thanks Mac. Tentsmiths are great people to deal with. I actually have a piece of gear they asked me to use and review for them that will be going on future overnighters. I am really impressed with their work

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kerri View Post
    Awesome man, an oilskin tarp is close to number one on my want list
    This equipment is not cheap by any means but I gotta say it meets the specs I was trying to get in a traditional tarp to a tee.

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