I've never been a fan of bright colored hammocks or tents. The Ground Tarp we tested was the Olive Brown model. It can also be had in a Digital Camo pattern. Both of these colors are perfect for blending into the wilderness. Considering some of the recent attacks on the Appalachian Trail. I like to blend into my surroundings. Especially in times of vulnerability- like when sleeping.
Weighing a mere 18 ounces; the Ground Tarp is perfect for Ultralight Backpackers or Bug Out Bags. Just like the stuff sack, the Ground Tarp is constructed of Silnylon. Silnylon is super lightweight, yet rugged material. It can be pulled very tight to keep out any cool drafts or rain.
Speaking of keeping out cool drafts and rain. Warbonnet designed overlapping doors, something I've never seen on any tarp system to date. Making this a completely "encapsulating" tarp tent. In the top picture I've overlapped the doors to demonstrate this feature. The door flaps can be opened for ventilation on hot or muggy days. The doors can be held open by tying them to the side pull-out loops (we used a small stick to make a toggle to keep the doors open). This kind of versatility makes the Ground Tarp capable of being used in a variety of environments and weather conditions.
The Ground Tarp has 3 tie-down points on each side of the tarp. Each door has 2 to close or open as needed. I used a combination of commercial tent stakes and some I carved in the field.
The Ground Tarp was not designed for use with a hammock, however I'm still going to try it with a hammock and I will let you guys know of the outcome. We will be posting a YouTube video on the Ground Tarp system, so stay tuned for that.
If your in the market for a Tent or Tarp system I highly recommend the Ground Tarp from Warbonnet Outdoors. I also suggest making them your first stop if your looking to purchase a hammock.