The Diamond Rain Sheet is great for the jungle or non-windy environment
where the rain falls down vertically. It is maximum coverage per surface
area and weight. However, if you are in a windy open environment, then perhaps you
may need the Rectangular Rain Sheet.
Why use the rectangular
rain sheet rather than the diamond rain sheet?
Our customer Bill Reilly has provided the best explanation why some people
rectangular fly sheet (with 6 attach points - 2 to the tree and 4 to the ground)
rather than the diamond fly sheet (with 4 attach points - 2 to the tree and 2 to
Tom - I think you have more options with the regular shape. I have a Hammock
with the diamond fly and it is OK, but I prefer the 8X10 or 10X12 Rain Sheet. Example: I was
camping 2 weeks ago in northern California, near the Pacific Ocean. The fog
rolled in and the weather turned cold. A cold breeze (more like a wind) was
coming in from my right and my face was getting cold while in the hammock. I
flipped over the left side of my fly to the right and tied down the 2 halves
close to my hammock. The 2 layers of nylon completely blocked the wind and I was
able to sleep in comfort. Also, in a bad storm, you can really close yourself in
tight with the rectangular shape. In good weather, open it up and have a good sun
shade. Lower it for privacy while changing, etc. The 4 tie points don't bother
me, as I use aluminum gutter nails as stakes. They are strong, weigh nothing, and
are only 35 cents apiece at my local hardware store. I have 6 feet of para-550
cord attached to the 4 tie points. The new nylons weigh next to nothing
(my 10X12 is under 1 pound and stuffs to the size of a water bottle). Sorry to ramble
on but you asked my opinion. Maybe you could make a 10X10 (or 8X8) that could be
used both ways. Let me know what you decide.
PS - Bill is also the person who recommended that we change our mosquito netting
to a dark grey which allows you to see out through the netting much more clearly.