melaniejane wrote:I used a silver tarp and two long tent poles as a shade structure (plus some heavy duty pegs). Doesn't take up much room and it gave me an extra hour of sleep before my tent became an oven.
Emergency blanket thingys won't help you out.
Zhust wrote:I bought 70% shade Aluminet from Gothic Arch Greenhouses in 2007. It's woven mylar plastic which surprisingly does not shred. Wind passes through it easily: a 5'x10' sheet in 50mph wind won't knock you over, unlike a sheet of tarp which will send you down the Playa (if you can even hold onto it). I bought a big sheet with grommeted edges for a big shade, but that doesn't work because the fabric is pretty stretchy so it'll sag no matter how taut you get the edge. I also bought a smaller sheet (with no grommets) which I used as a "tent blanket" in 2010. I figure it gained me about 1 hour of sleeping time so I would start really cooking myself awake at 10:15 a.m. instead of 9:15 a.m. A larger sheet would have helped, and a larger air gap too.
theLynxmissesthesnow wrote:I'm looking to create a shade structure and searching thru the gothic arch site... are you unhappy with their product? do you think it's better than a tarp?
Bob wrote:The Cafe uses miles of 70% shade mesh w/ grommets every 12" along the edge, but it's tied off to 5/16 steel cable. If you can't get it taut you need to prop it up or use taller poles. It's saggy because it's a knit. Denser mesh might be stiffer and sag less.
Mylar “Space”/”Emergency” Blankets
reflects sunlight and heat, but no insulation.
Easy to cut, but once cut may easily tear. In wind: prone to noise; and tearing unless it's one with a strong re-enforcing lining/backing which is typically a plastic tarp or ground sheet (commonly red, blue, green or camo), often with grommets.
Canoe wrote:If your tent fly is dark in colour, and a white/silver one isn't available cheap, would a silver/aluminum can of Krylon spray paint help?
Token wrote:Canoe wrote:If your tent fly is dark in colour, and a white/silver one isn't available cheap, would a silver/aluminum can of Krylon spray paint help?
Sure it would but then it would flake off and make a nasty mess that someone has to cleanup. Don't do it.
Bob wrote:Feel free to spraypaint your tent, ...
Bob wrote:... Still wouldn't trust Krylon to bond well in the heat and buffeted by the wind..
Bob wrote:...Or hang from a rope between two poles as an independent A-frame per my previous post.
theCryptofishist wrote:Is there any chance that someone from BDV can bring the poles in exchange for something on your part, tg? Radical self-reliance can occasionally be supplanted by radical community if it's done carefully and consciously.
tattoogoddess wrote:...and asked around about a bike.
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