6'x8' ground cloth for sleeping.......

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  1. insector

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    What do you folks use for ground cloths? I have a 6ft. x 8ft. Kelty that I have used for decades but the waterproofing has worn off and ground moisture from recent rains soaked thru it. But the size works great for me for a ground cloth that I can pull over me or tent it up in the rain........for my sleeping bag...

    The lighter the better for me if it wont tear up in the space of a year or so. This Kelty still works but is no longer waterproof............ so I thought I should ask
     
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    I like heavy duty (1.5mil) PolyCryo - clicky - cut to size. Normal PolyCryo is 0.7mil, and probably ~half the weight though. Tyvek is great too, but it will seep water at pressure points.
     
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    I use still use a piece of tyvek. Comes in 9' rolls. Washing it (without detergent in a machine) and hang drying it will make it less noisy.
     
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    Thanks much- that poly cro looks real good and inexpensive...........

    :dblthumb: I have not tried it
     
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    As leghog said, wash tyveck in the washing machine with just water. Put it in the dryer without heat. Throw in a bunch of towels. It becomes soft and quiet but loses none of it original water repellent characteristics. Doc.
     
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    5x7 tarp. Pairs great with my 10x10 tarp. I've posted a few pics of the setup around here. Would post them here but am on phone and it sucks for posting pics.
     
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    5x7 tarp

    Or

    Cheap plastic drop cloth
     
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    I used to use a piece of Tyvek until just recently but it's not waterproof.

    I use it only as a protection layer under my tent or sleeping pad.
     
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    Old plastic shower curtain cut to size.
     
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    Tyvek is popular but not water proof
    Polycryo is also popular light and cheap but has cracked on snow and is noisy
    Not as cheap but tough like tyveck and waterproof like plastic is a piece of cuben fiber. I bought a few yards and use a piece as my ground sheet
     
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    I use the 5x7 Walmart tarp that costs $9.99. It's blue and comes in a little sack.
     
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    I’ve been using a 42 gallon contractor bag lately, the 3 mil type. I cut it along the sides to the bottom so it unfolds into a plastic sheet. It works well so far but is slippery to sleep on if you’re not perfectly flat. I’m going to try the same thing with a 2mil drum liner and cut to size to save little bulk in smaller packs.
     
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    I use scrap material
    Silver mat is leftover flooring underlayment i had
    Blue is from a dumpster, i share a dumpster with a body shop and blue wrap is what large panels like bumpers hoods get wrapped in for shipping
    Both offer protection and act as a pad and were free/cheap





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    Thank you....... we have some options here. I am leaning toward the cryo or just a polystyrene drop cloth. Either way, it will drop my weight over the old ground cover I have. Tyvek seems good too, but it is not waterproof.

    I will get something and the price is right on these covers.

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    Walmart was out of stock. I found these 2 products at hardware stores. The 1.5 mil from Ace is a thicker material than the other. I will give the thin sheet a go first.

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    I have three ground cloths. Two are made from old poly tarp, the green/brown kind they sell at Tractor Supply. Have no idea what mil they are. They're roughly 3x8 (7.5oz) and 3x5 (4.5oz), just big enough to sleep on. I also have a third one made of Tyvek that's 3x9 (6oz) which is my favorite. It's both wide and long enough, and it's easier to spot stuff I dropped against a white background than on brown/green (most of my stuff is those colors).
     
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    I could use most any of those- very good! I appreciate it cause I cant find some of those covers around here. It is probably better to go Amazon for me. But you can see the diff. in the 2 polycryo sheets:

    about 7x9ft. each- but the 1.5 mil weighs 8oz and the other is half the pack size at 4 ounces. So the polycryo comes in different thicknesses and the less expensive sheets look to be thinner 20190713_201828.jpg
     

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