I never mentioned it but half a year ago I decided to buy a DD Tarp M, a tarp in the size ‘11.5ft x 8ft / 3.5m x 2.4m’ instead of the ’10ft x 10ft /3x3m’ tarp I had before. I thought that a rectangular shape which was a little bit longer as what I was used to, would be better for keeping the rain out.
Well… I came back from that. As a quite demanding user there were much more possibilities in using a square shaped tarp as a rectangular one.
So here I went again ordering a new DD tarp last week. The superlight DD tarp 3×3 (square)! As my DD Hammock is also a bit aged after 7 years of intensive use (still going strong) I decided to change that one into a new one too. Ooooops… when you are on the website of DD Hammocks there are more toys to buy… Oké that new ‘DD magic carpet’ looks fun too. Let’s get me an XL…
And we are on a bivouac again!!!
Last weekend I went to the same place as last easter. This time I kept it a little closer to the floor though. I wanted to test my new gear, make an easy wooden chair and spot some wildlife. And I got all 3 of them! This blog will be about the new gear though.
Let’s start with a first impression:
The DD superlight tarp 3×3 weights 490 gram without pegs (And who needs pegs) and is 300 grams lighter as the original 3×3 version. Therefore I think it is worth the extra money. The real size is 3 x 2.9m. but that is a difference which is so small it gives no complications in use. I saw the fabric bulge when it got wet which is weird. But when it dried up, this bulging went out again. The tarp seemed further on to be really good and I’m curious how long this one will hold. The last (original) square DD tarp held it for 6 years… No pressure.
Besides the Tarp I bought the DD Frontline Hammock which is absolutely improved compared to the same edition I had from 7 years ago. The 2 biggest advantages were the inner side pockets which are much easier available (from above instead of from the sides) and the black mosquito net (which used to be green and therefore harder to see through). they also did a good job on adding small poles to keep the mosquito net out of your face but those are not really needed as in a forest are always sticks to be found. Therefore it is good they kept the loops on for this reason. For the lazy campers is this a big plus of course 😉
I decided to buy myself the (heavier) normal DD Hammock which weights 850 grams instead of the lightweight (620 grams) version which is twice as expensive as the first mentioned. The normal DD Frontline Hammock costs about €59 where the lightweight version costs €112.
No significant differences are visible in the design. As I already had a Frontline hammock for 7 years I know the quality of this design is very good! The fabric has changed a lot. Where I had 190T polyester, it is now 180T polyester. This seems a small difference but it feels a little less durable. On the positive side; it reduces the weight with 50 grams. The time will tell how I think about this change. When this hammock will hold only half the time as the previous one did/does, I am satisfied anyway!
And then there was that DD magic carpet XL (emergency tarp)…
First I was amazed about the packing size ‘10.5 x 2.8 inch / 27 x 7 cm’ which is really small!! It is really something I would take along for small hikes and to be able to make an emergency shelter everywhere. Al I need for that is adding 3 pegs and one piece of rope, about 5ft / 1,5m. The tarp weights 250 grams (excl. pegs and rope) and has a size of ‘7,2 x 2,9 ft / 220 x 240 cm’.
Tis tarp is not only great for emergencies, it can also be used as a groundsheet to sleep on or keeping your gear dry and also as a roof or windbreaker for the fire. I actually really liked this one. Only on disadvantage is the lack of loops. With 2 loops in the middle of the long sides, this tarp could be used even more functional in my opinion.
I must say I’m really happy with this new gear!
My last DD Hammock and Tarp have been used on big adventures as bivouacking in Vietnam and cycling from the Netherlands to Italy and much more. Let’s see which adventures are made possible by this gear!