Originally Posted by bcaron
I use the 2QZQ undercover with my Expedition. My underquilt is an AHE Potomac. The undercover even when adjusted to fit tight around the hammock still hangs very low. It's designed to not compress the UQ. The SS pad will hang very low if used with the 2QZQ undercover.
No it won't! The SS pad has shock cords on both ends and it ties into the side pull-outs. It supports it's own weight, which isn't much (about 8oz with the stuff sack). I use one with my own undercover that is a simple rectangle of silnylon with shock cords in channels on all four sides (and doubles as a poncho).
To answer the OP's question, you need some sort of cover under the HH SS pad as it is open cell foam. As others said, you need protection from the wind. Do add a space blanket to the mix as Hennessy recommends. Your undercover doesn't need to go all the way to the ends, but it should be past your head and feet. Longer is better. I've rigged a space blanket as an undercover and it wasn't perfect, but it worked. All I did was to gather the ends and tie them off with some shock cord and used that to tie in my suspension. It was on the small side. Using a hammock like a Grand Trunk UL may require sewing channels on the sides and adding shock cords.
If you sew up an undercover, you can add mitten hooks to the right spots on the sides to tie in with the Hennessy side pull-outs. That spreads it out and helps locate it fore and aft. My cover is 104"x59" and I have an Expedition Zip; the 2QZQ undercover is 106” x 64”.
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