Originally Posted by hikingdad
I saw someone on YouTube use the HHSS to hold a sleeping bag for an UQ, but I'm wondering if I can save some bucks and get the 2QZQ protector and use it to support a down bag that I already have (saving me even more money). I should also say that I am brand new to hammocks and don't even technically have one....soon though, very soon! I plan to get the explorer deluxe hennessey hammock if that makes a difference. Thanks in advance, and I'm super excited to have found this forum!!
I have used an undercover very similar to the 2QZQ model. My version is also a hoodless silnylon poncho to get more utility from the weight. It is a simple rectangle of cloth with channels in all four sides and 3/32" shock cords with toggles. I added a couple mitten hooks and rings to the mix to help the undercover work better with the Hennessey shape.
I have used the undercover with Garlington insulators ( see http://www.garlington.biz/Ray/Hammoc.../Insulator.htm
), which are quite a bit lighter than a sleeping bag. I don't know if an undercover will handle the weight of a sleeping bag. You might pull it off if you suspend most of the weight with cords on each end. Then the undercover only needs to snug up the sleeping bag to the bottom of you hammock to eliminate air gaps.
You can buy the Hennessy foam insulating pad separately and use that with the 2QZQ undercover, and a space blanket, and even add Garlington insulators or a more typical underquilt to the mix.
You can make an undercover from an inexpensive hammock like the Grand Trunk Ultralight (http://www.campmor.com/outdoor/gear/Product___40675
) with a simple shock cord suspension in the end channels, , but an undercover does benefit from having shock cords down the sides--- especially if you want it to hold more weight like your sleeping bag.
Here are a couple of my threads on the subject: