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    For those who thru hiked the AT..

    I know weather patterns are different each year, but generally speaking, would you recommend carrying a weather shield for your down underquilt while thru hiking the AT?
    Im trying to cut as much weight as possible in my pack. (8oz) thanx, Bill

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    Nah.

    A larger tarp to provide more coverage will cost you less total weight than 8oz for a shield. I can only think of a handful of nights that a shield would have been handy and I used a MacCat Standard for the bulk of the hike. Good site selection doesn't weigh anything while still being priceless.
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    I'm with Cannibal...and it's why I am taking a Big Daddy which is even bigger than a Maccat Deluxe. Bring on the rain! (no...not really) BTW....I've been in some very long rains with my original Claytor diamond tarp and stayed perfectly dry.

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    My experience is in the worst of it, if you have a tarp that is about 8x10 and your under quilt has a DWR coating, you should be fine without an under shield. I used one at the start and dropped it down the line.
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    I did not use one, I used a Hennesy hex tarp and my underquilt only occasionaly had moisture underneath, the DWR was quite sufficient to keep the down dry on these rare occasions.

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    I never used one and it has never been a problem. I thu'd with an HH ULBA with stock tarp. It rained every day for the entire state of Virginia and my set up never got wet when I was sober.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    I never used one and it has never been a problem. I thu'd with an HH ULBA with stock tarp. It rained every day for the entire state of Virginia and my set up never got wet when I was sober.
    So does that mean I should plan on having some pretty wet gear?

    Miguel

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