The Ray-Way Net-Tent Kit

Keeping Out the Bugs

Ray-Way Products

Ray & Jenny Jardine

Urethane-Coated Nylon

Urethane-coated nylon for the floor of the Ray-Way Net-Tent kits, and sometimes for the Tarp itself.

Historical notes

  • Ray first made his first tarp of urethane-coated nylon in 1973, and made several others after that.
  • On our 3rd PCT thru-hike (1994), we used a homemade tarp of urethane-coated nylon. This tarp weighed less than half of our light-weight tents that we had used on our previous thru-hikes, and yet it preformed much better than the tents. This tarp is still in good shape and we still have it.

  • On virtually all of our trips we use a Net-Tent with a urethane floor. For wilderness camping, a urethane-coated Net-Tent floor is not as slippery as silicone nylon, and longer lasting; but is somewhat heavier.

Stronger

Our urethane-coated nylon fabric is a lot stronger than any silicone-nylon, It stretches less, and is more durable. It might be the preferred choice for someone who frequently camps in high winds.

Weight comparison

Urethane-coated nylon = 2.7 oz/yd2

Silicone-coated nylon = 1.3 oz/yd2

Our urethane-coated nylon is first quality fabric only; no "seconds." This material is 1.9 ounces per square yard prior to coating; and after coating it is around 2.7 oz/yd2.

Digital coloring

The digitals make great backpacks.

A Ray-Way tarp made of our digital material would work well for low-profile wilderness camping, when you want to blend in with the natural surroundings.

The digital camouflage pattern is what the US military uses in many areas. If you know someone deployed in the Middle East, they might like you to make them a tarp of our digital material.

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