The Ray-Way Net-Tent Kit

Keeping Out the Bugs

Ray-Way Products

Ray & Jenny Jardine

Floor Material

The Net-Tent is a tent-like enclosure made of netting that clips very simply under a Ray-Way Tarp. We offer several designs and sizes, please see our Order Form.


Ray-Way Tarp and 2P Quadratic (Net-Tent with zipper closure)


Ray-Way 2P Quadratic (Net-Tent with zipper closure)

We offer three basic types of Net-Tent kits (with various options)
All three models look about the same, and have the same waterproof bathtub floor.

1) The Net-Tent with Door-Flap closure is the lightest, and also the easiest to sew by a wide margin. Recommended for blocking flying insects such as mosquitoes and back flies, and the vast majority of crawling ones. This version of the kit will make a one-person or a two-person Net-Tent.

Our Net-Tent with Door-Flap Closure comes without zippers to add simplicity and to save weight. To keep the bugs out, you simply lay the the netting headwall extension (door-flap) on the floor, and then place a few objects (water bottles, pillow, clothing bag, etc) on top of it, or you can tuck the door-flap under the floor. You can make an even better seal by placing the headwall extension flush with the edge of the bathtub extension of the floor, and rolling them both up a few times. Then you would place some weight (water bottles for example) on the roll to hold it in place. This method is very effective. But if camping in a place where the bugs are especially numerous, you might prefer a zipper closure instead.

A 2P Net-Tent with zipper closure on Ray's 2011-Moto-Prudhoe trip.

2) The Quadratic (Net-Tent with zipper closure) would be the most suitable for most people, because it keeps the ticks out better than the flap version, and it is easier to sew than a Spitfire. The zipper version is a bit heavier than the door-flap version, due to the weight of the zippers - but not by much. And it takes a little more time to sew, again because of the zippers. But the design is very simple with only four pieces of netting to sew together (like the door-flap version). Order the one-person version, or the two-person version. Ray used a 2P Net-Tent with zipper closure on his 2011-Moto-Prudhoe trip.

We have recently re-designed our Net-Tent with zipper closure Kit, and named it the Quadratic. The name comes from a part of the math that we used in the design. Quadratic Formula Song.

The Quadratic Net-Tent is meant to be used under a Ray-Way Tarp. But it can also be used alone. Here, we have removed the Tarp, and pitched the Quadratic with the same poles and cords, although we had to use short (16") extension cords on the corner and side guys.


Our basic 2P Quadratic Kit (Net-Tent with zipper closure) has plenty of room for two people. If you want even more room, order a 2P Large kit (6" wider, 6" longer) or a 2P X-Large kit (12" wider, 12" longer)


2P Quadratic, view of interior.


Jenny and the 2P Quadratic


Quadratic (Net-Tent with Zipper Closure)

1P Large36"87" 
1P X-Large42"93" 
2P Large54"87" 
2P X-Large60"93" 

Large (6" wider, 6" longer) or X-Large kit (12" wider, 12" longer)

The Quadratic's floor is 81" long, same as the Spitfire, both 1P and 2P. If you are unsure about the length you need, place two cardboard boxes on the floor, 81" apart, and lie between them. If you need a longer floor, opt for the 1P or 2P size Large (6" longer) or X-Large (12" longer).

Note that when laying down, a person is actually several inches longer than his or her height, due to the flexing of the ankles. When standing, the ankles flex 90 degrees to the legs, unless ballet dancing - standing on the toes. So for example, a person 6 foot zero inches in height, will require a bed length of at least 72" + 6" at the minimum. this is well within our 1P or 2P floor length of 81". If a person is taller than 6', and wants to save the most weight, he or she should do the box test (two cardboard boxes on the floor, 81" apart, and lie between them) and see how much room is needed. The size 1P-Large is 6 inches longer, and most of the added weight is in the floor. So imagine a strip of floor fabric, 6" wide by 87" long, and that is about how much weight is added. This might be huge for a distance hiker, but not much for everyone else.

We are now offering a Quadratic Kit Sewing Video

Order Form  Order the Quadratic Sewing Video Here 

The Spitfire version of the zippered Net-Tent, 11.6 oz.

3) The Spitfire version of the Net-Tent is a one-person netting enclosure designed to fit under a Ray-Way one-person tarp. It comprises 10 pieces of netting and extra seams for strength. And again it has a zipper closing door. This model is its more durable because of how the seams add strength, so it would be more suitable for a summer-long hike. However, it takes more time to sew.

Ray used a Spitfire on both his 2009 AT and 2010 thru-hikes, and on his TransAm-2010 cycling trip. Comes in a one-person version only. More info about the Spitfire Kit

See our Order Form for more info.

The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential contains a wealth of info about using a Ray-Way Net-Tent.

Ray demonstrates how he uses the Tarp and Net-Tent in his AT Gear Video.

Contents of the Net-Tent Kit

Our Ray-Way Net-Tent Kit comes with full sewing instructions.

The kit also contains the no-see-um netting for the roof, side walls, headwall and footwall; urethane or silicone nylon for the floor, and all the suspension lines, reinforcement material, cord locks and suspension hooks.

The cord locks included with this kit (for the adjustable suspension lines) were custom made expressly for Ray-Way Products to be small and lightweight.

Not included in the kit are sewing machine, Ray-Way thread and a zipper foot for your sewing machine, tape measure at least 15 feet long, “straight edge tool" at least 53” long, or a straight board, Sharpie Fine Point Permanent Marker or an equivalent, adhesive tape, and few sewing notions (seam ripper, straight pins and so forth).

Before starting with this kit, please read our "Sewing Tips". Along with many other tips, we show how to adjust your sewing machine to achieve a balanced stitch.


In addition to the kits, we are also selling what we consider to be the world's finest Sewing Thread. This thread is not included in our kits, but is a separate item listed on our Order Form.

A 2P X-Large Net-Tent in use during the 2011-Moto-Prudhoe trip.


* The completed one-person Net-Tent with a silicone floor weighs only 9.0 ounces!

* 1-P Net-Tent w/ zipper and urethane-coated floor (or Spitfire) weighs 11.6 oz.

* 2-P Net-Tent with urethane-coated floor: 19.1 oz.

* 2-P X-Large: 24.6 oz

However, in most cases the Net-Tent would serve also as the groundsheet. So when figuring your load and adding the weight of the Net-Tent, you would subtract the weight of the groundsheet. For a small Net-Tent, the resulting increase is minimal.

Note, too, that the Net-Tent can be used as a groundsheet - with or without the tarp - when the bugs are not a problem. Simply spread it on the ground, floor side down, fold the netting on top of the floor to keep the netting clean, and lay your insulating foam pad on the netting. This gives you an additional layer under your pad, for a little more comfort and warmth. This option can be especially attractive when carrying a minimal foam pad.

For more info about this, please refer to The Ray-Way Tarp Book Essential.

Note that the Extra-Large 2-P Net-Tent with zipper closure fits under our standard size 2-P tarp. But because it is quite a bit heaver and more bulky that our standard size 2-P Net-Tent, it is designed primarily for car camping (or motorcycle camping) where its weight and bulk is not so much of an issue.

Floor Material

We offer two types of floor material for the
Net-Tent Flap-Closure, Quadratic (Zipper Closure), and Spitfire:

  • Urethane-coated nylon
  • Slicone-coated nylon

Please see our Order Form. We recommend urethane-coated nylon, and we use this type floor on all our trips. It is a bit heavier than a floor made of silicone nylon, but much more durable and not as slippery against the ground. It is also more waterproof when pressed hard against the ground.

Most commercially manufactured tents come with urethane-coated floors.

Despite the weight increase, we use a urethane floor whenever we use a Net-Tent, which is on most of our trips. However, we are still offering floors of silicone nylon for the person more intent on saving the most weight.

Standard size two-person Net-Tent on our "CA Mountains & Coast" trip

Standard size two-person Net-Tent on our "CA Mountains & Coast" trip

Extra-Large Two-Person Net-Tent used during Ray's 2013-07-GDRx2 trip. This photo, and the one that follows, doesn't give a very good idea of how much larger the Extra-Large Net-Tent is, compared to the standard size. But the first time I used it, I found the size difference was huge.

Extra-Large Two-Person Net-Tent used during the 2013-07-GDRx2 trip.

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