Pg 1: Why We Camp with a Tarp
  Pg 2: Advantages of Our Kits
     Contents of our Tarp Kit
     Sealing Compound
     Finished Weights
  Pg 3: History
  Pg 4: The IUA in 2003
  Pg 5: More Photos
  Pg 6: Customer Photos
  Pg 7: Feedback
  Pg 8: Questions and Answers
  Pg 9: More Info
  Pg 10: Dyneema (Cuben Fiber)
  Pg 11: Using Other Fabrics

The Ray-Way Tarp Kit

Make Your Own Camping Tarp!

Ray-Way Products

Ray & Jenny Jardine

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Discover the advantages of a Ray-Way Tarp
by purchasing a sewing Kit for yourself.

Maine: Ray's 1-P tarp on his 2nd Appalachian Trail thru-hike.

Our Ray-Way Tarp comes in Kit form. Sewing this kit is not difficult.

Many people believe they lack the ability to use a sewing machine. This is nonsense! Please read Why Sew?

Pg 2: Advantages of Our Kits

  • We have developed a process that makes our silicone nylon much more weatherproof. This process adds no appreciable weight, and is proprietary - meaning available only from us.
  • About the hardest part of our business, here at Ray-Way Products, is our process that makes our silicone nylon more weatherproof. This process is also the most time consuming for us, and costly. But without it, we wouldn't be selling Tarp Kits. This is because we wouldn't sell Tarp Kits that leaked, however slightly, or even passed a fine mist in a driving rain (mist-through). We use these tarps ourselves on just about all our trips and adventures, so they have to be reliable. And when you buy a Ray-Way Tarp kit, you are getting the same hard-won weatherproof reliability.

  • Our Kits will save you time searching for the materials, reinforcement patches, lines and so forth.
  • The materials, webbing and cord in our kits are exactly what you will need to make the tarp.
  • Our kits will save you money. Why? Because profit is not our primary aim. Rather, it is to provide you with the best and most appropriate materials for sewing your own Ray-Way Tarp.

Ray's 2-P tarp on the Great Divide Route

Our kits reflect our own philosophy and practice of using only the finest and most appropriate materials available anywhere. Making these kits, while following our instructions, you will create a tarp (and net-tent) that are virtually identical to the ones we make and use.

Contents of our Tarp Kit

  • Sewing instructions:

    Our Tarp Kit comes with full sewing instructions, and will make either a one-person tarp or a two-person tarp.

    For pitching instructions see the Tarp Book Essential.

  • Tarp fabric:

    The fabric we recommend for most camping situations is a lightweight silicone-nylon, sometimes called silicone-impregnated nylon.

    Our silicone-nylon is 1.37 oz/yd2. As with any fabric, this refers to the weight in ounces of one square yard. Ours is the lightest available anywhere.

    Note that certain companies sell what they call 1.1 oz/yd2 silicone-nylon. In truth, no such material exists. The 1.1 oz is a textile manufacturing denotation; in reference to the weight of the nylon before the silicone coating is added. Calling the finished product 1.1 oz silicone nylon is a ploy to make you believe they have a superior product.

    Some companies and fabric outlets sell what they sometimes call a "double-coated" silicone nylon. It weighs about 1.52 oz/yd2, which is substantially heavier than our silicone nylon, while being no more waterproof. In short, it offers no extra advantages.

    We offer our Net-Tent and Spitfire Floors in urethane-coated nylon. This material is more waterproof, more durable, and not a slippery as silicone, so you won't tend to slide down-hill on slightly sloped ground. We, ourselves, use Net-Tent floors of urethane nylon for these reasons.

    Note: All silicone-nylons and urethane-nylons are subject to solar deterioration. So it's not a good idea to leave your tarp pitched out in the sun for weeks at a time if you are not using it.

    Note: Nearly all coated nylons are flammable. However, many heath experts think that the fire-retardant chemicals often added to commercial backpacking tents can pose an even greater health hazard.

  • Webbing:

    The webbing contained in our Tarp Kit is the specific size and type we recommend for the pull loops. It has the optimum thickness and width, and the best flexibility providing the highest strength and best stowability, while still being as lightweight as possible.

  • Guy lines:

    We have carefully selected our Ridge Lines and Corner and Side Guys for lightness of weight yet a very high margin of strength. Also, our Lifter Lines are a specialized Ray-Way flat line that has a subtle stiffness that greatly reduces tangles.

    Not included in the kit are sewing machine, thread, sewing notions, and sealing compound.


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.

Sealing Compound

After you have sewn your tarp, you will need to seal the seams to prevent them from leaking in rain or snow. So we are also offering Sealing Compound for the silicone-nylon Tarp. This is a separate item listed on our order form.

Also, to keep the insects away, you can sew our Net-Tent Kit, for use beneath your tarp.

A 2-P tarp on the IUA. Here we have pitched the tarp using two support sticks and two small lifters sticks. The lifters allow for more headroom under a two-person tarp. Also, we didn't have metal tarp stakes in the early part of this journey, so had to improvise with rocks.

Finished Weights

Our Tarp Kit will make either a one-person tarp, or a two-person tarp.

  • A one-person Ray-Way Tarp made of our 1.37 oz/yd2 silicone-nylon weighs 11.89 oz, plus 1.9 oz for the lineset, plus the seam-sealing.

  • A two-person Ray-Way Tarp made of our 1.37 oz/yd2 silicone-nylon weighs 14.86 oz, plus 1.9 oz for the lineset, plus the seam-sealing.

  • Ray's 1P tarp on his 2nd A.T. hike, mid-season.


    "Just got back from a great weekend hiking in the Buffalo River area with my scouts. Got into a freak windstorm with winds in excess of 50 mph. Lots of tents went down, but my Ray-Way Tarp pitched low didn't have any problems, and later with one side pitched high, comfortably sat 8 wet scouts and leaders along with one grumpy Ray-Way Tarp owner. I told them this could have been avoided if they would get their own tarp! Thanks again for a great design and materials." - Curtis W., MO

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