I only use my poncho as the fly on the Hennessy. The fly needs to be kept close to the hammock to provide adequate coverage. I carry a rain jacket of some sort that becomes a hammock sock on the foot end of the hammock:
Driducks = 6.7 oz.
GoLite Ether = 3.5 oz.
silnylon pullover = 4.8 oz.
I gave my Marmot Precip to my wife for town use so it has been removed from my gear list. But IIRC it weighed about 12 oz. The Equinox UltraLight Silnylon Tarp/Poncho with a .5" belt weighs 9.4 oz. The poncho plus silnylon pullover are only about a 2 oz. penalty over a Marmot Precip, but provides MUCH more function.
The list above is a good example of trade-offs:
The DriDucks breath well enough to hike in and they are waterproof and cheap. But they are heavy and not durable.
The GoLite Ether breaths well enough to hike in and well enough that your wet clothes dry when you wear it around camp for warmth. But it is NOT waterproof. This a a great piece of gear and was my only raingear on my 4th of July hike - but I was never more than 3 hours from the car.
The silnylon pullover is durable and light, but steamy to hike in. This is my choice when bailing would be inconvenient. I have two made by Dancing Light - I am not aware of anyone that sells them today.
The rain gear for emergencies is a problem about like the ability to go to the ground. I have never had an unplanned night on the ground. I have never needed the rain gear for emergencies or calls of nature, but I often use the rain gear for camp chores or warmth around camp.
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