What is a good, cheap, lightweight material to make a hammock rain fly out of?

I have a ENO Doublenest hammock that a always use when i backpack. I currently use a 6' x 8' tarp as a rainfly, which works fine, but it weighs almost two pounds and I would like to work on lightening my overall pack weight. The ENO brand rainfly is great, but it costs $70 and I'm looking for something more in the $15-$20 range. I was just wondering if anyone knew of any good lightweight materials that could replace my heavy tarp. Or even some brand other than ENO that makes a rainfly that is in my price range.

I know of poly-coated ripstop nylon and poly-coated taffeta, but both are a little out of my price range.

I am looking for a piece that is about 60" wide and 3 yards long and weighs about 1/2 lbs. I am open to look into any type of material; I really have no current preference (Just anything that doesn't cost too much)

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!

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  • chris
    Lv 7
    8 years ago
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    Sil tarps are about as light as you can go with any strength to the material. These are made with a coated polyester taffeta materiel. Where you could get that material for cheaper than a ready made product is and in a size or width that would work for you is another story.

    http://www.fashionfabricsclub.com/c/138/Taffeta-Fa...

  • puzo
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Hammock Rain Fly

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    Lv 4
    4 years ago

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  • Mark M
    Lv 6
    8 years ago

    REI sells lightweight woven poly tarps for a few bucks each, and the 6x8 size weighs less than a pound, packs-up about the size of a paperback. You can usually find them near the tent stakes and tent accessories; I think REI intends them to be used as ground sheets. I use them for shelter over my dining/kitchen area or just for extra hang-out space outside the tent, and they have survived some pretty extreme thunderstorms.

    They won't last forever, eventually the grommets will pull out, but I generally get 5 or more trips out of each. Since they are less than $10 each (I think around $4 for 6x8) its no loss if I have to replace them once or twice a year, in fact I always keep several with my gear and in the Jeep.

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    Eno Rain Fly

  • 8 years ago

    Try a tube tent. It's a big peice of plastic for like, $7. Make sure the dimensions are right for your hammock tho. The tent has to be long enough.

    You could also use a couple of 55 Gallon drum liner trash bags.

    Try a 5by7 space blanket. SOL sells good ones

  • 8 years ago

    If you buy cheap, low-quality materials for shelter, then you are risking disaster in hostile weather.

    If you want to lower your pack weight, buy a high-quality down sleeping bag.

    Your ENO weighs 1 pound, 6 ounces. If you add a rainfly, then you are carrying more weight than an ultralight tent for shelter. Consider buying a backpacking tent.

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