How to set up your rain fly tarp shelter?

Yinon Sofer

Let's talk about tarp configurations for a moment– 😊
*Warning* Camping nerds content ahead! (2 minute reading time)
Lately, we've seen a few posts on social media, questioning what's the difference between Diamond shape (diagonally) setup vs. traditional A-frame, pros and cons, and which one is best. Well, the answer is (very annoyingly) "It depends". 
It depends upon your protection needs, the weather, and your gear. A-frame setup provides better coverage and more protection sideways against wind and rain. Hence, this setup is recommended for bad weather conditions and greater privacy inside. You can also stretch one of the wings upwards, like an awning, and still be protected by the other wing anchored to the ground... that way you enjoy both worlds.

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On the other hand, hanging your tarp diagonally provides a longer ridgeline from end to end (remember Pythagoras?). Therefore, this setup is preferred by many with long size hammocks. Moreover, with the diamond shape configuration you get to use (and carry) only 2 stakes, instead of at least 4 stakes in an A-frame. Making it lighter and easier to hang. Although you get less protection, it's a great option for those hot summer nights when you want to enjoy the wind and still have shade or rain protection above you.
There are many other configuration options, especially with a rain fly rich with tie-outs points like ours, and we will discuss those later in future posts. 
Whatever setup you choose, we are confident you'll enjoy, and that's what really matters! 😊
How do you prefer your rain fly to be hanged? Let us know in the comments and share your images with us!
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