My Neat Sheet ground cloths are getting tatty and I've discovered to my horror profound disappointment they're no longer made. <sadface>
Anybody know of a good substitute? As background, it was a two-ply "blanket" of soft Tyvek-like fabric made by Kimberly-Clark intended for picnics and such. Cut in half it made a nice pair of groundcloths--highly water-resistant but soft, non-slippery, silent and even somewhat warm. And cheap. The perfect groundcloth.
Hoping there's something similar out there.
ETA found a remaindered one on Amazon for a mere two or three times what they cost back in the day. Pulled the buy trigger because I can now stop looking for a few more seasons.
That's it exactly but holy cow, sixty bucks? "A Buyer's Paradise" is irony taken to level three.
Now I feel better having only paid two or three times too much for mine.
These would be cheap to resurrect, as the fabric itself is not expensive (basically, soft Tyvek housewrap). Hazy memory but I think my original was something like eight bucks but even then they were hard to chase down, maybe because they were marketed to picnickers and thus, seasonal items.
Hey, I know, just staple a couple disposable hazmat suits together.
Loc: Gateway to Columbia Gorge
Or just get polycro (the stuff used in shrink-to-fit storm window kits) which is lighter, cheaper and more waterproof? It has been known to last through a PCT thru-hike, and most of us don't use our gear that intently.
May your trails be crooked, winding, lonesome, dangerous, leading to the most amazing view--E. Abbey
There is also a "kite" Tyvek that weighs 1.3 oz per sq. yd. and has about the same water resistance as House Wrap. They also use it to make Haz Mat clothing so it is much softer than House Wrap. You can buy it by the yard from online kite suppliers.
Edited by Pika (04/08/1402:15 PM) Edit Reason: Added info.
Have an aversion to slick &/or crinkly groundcloth materials, but that's a personal quirk. Last summer's long trip with the Shangrila, my buddy brought a mylar rescue blanket as groundcloth, with hilarious results--I think it was in four pieces by day seven.
He's an iconoclast; one year it was a shower curtain.