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    What is the best method to protect an UQ from heavy rain?

    Just wondering what the best way to protect an UQ from rain and how to avoid condensation on the UQ. UQ protector? tarp doors?

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    That about sums up your choices. As for condensation, there aren't great ways to deal with that other than ventilation. It's a rare evening when I get condensation on my quilts - gotta be 100% humidity and basically fog conditions. Most of the condensation is on the inside of the tarp.
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    Hang indoors? With a dehumidifier?

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    Wow you guys answer fast

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    The tarp set up is very important in a storm.

    The higher the tarp, the more possible splash up. Pitch low in a storm. Also, if you can, pitch your rig with duff under you. It will act like a sponge when raining keeping puddles away and splash at a min.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Floridahanger View Post
    The tarp set up is very important in a storm.

    The higher the tarp, the more possible splash up. Pitch low in a storm. Also, if you can, pitch your rig with duff under you. It will act like a sponge when raining keeping puddles away and splash at a min.
    That a good point thanks

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    I have always thought that my tarp is The most important part of my kit. Doesnt matter how good your hammock or quilt are, wether you have a UQP or not...no tarp or one that is not up to the weather and you WILL have a bad time. I carry a four season/tarp with doors all year as do my wife and daughter!
    Just my .02.

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    I use a tarp and an under cover or a sock. When I started, I also used a synthetic fill under quilt. But over time, I gained confidence in keeping the quilts (top and bottom) dry. Now I carry down. I started with a waterproof undercover but realized that would exacerbate condensation problems. A breathable under cover will still splash protect your under cover.

    Also, ENO sells a "gear hammock" that does not have a waterproof cover. For their graphics, it appears they expect you to suspend it under the hammock. I don't rig my hammock that high. But as posted earlier, gear under the hammock - pack, dry bags, etc. also minimizes splash.

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    Quote Originally Posted by haggerX View Post
    Just wondering what the best way to protect an UQ from rain and how to avoid condensation on the UQ. UQ protector? tarp doors?
    I've got a 2QZQ UQP mainly to help add insulation but it would work well for UQ protection too. Would love to test it in the rain conditions you describe but California weather just will not cooperate lately. We do tend to get Tule Fog (in the backyard lab) and it causes major condensation, primarily on the tarp but also on the UQ and hammock. There is little you can do other than suspend your tarp higher for better venting and prevent bumping into it (instant rain) and keep the skeeter netting up. Next fog event I plan to set up and add the UQP and see if it catches the condensation instead of the quilt.
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    The 2QZQ underquilt works like a champ in the foggy blue ridge. A compactor/garbage bag on one end and hang your rain jacket on the other and it will help also. Also the tarp low relative to the hammock, but the hammock a little higher relative to the ground, I find helpful. Also when it is sunny or dry leave it set up longer or set it up a little early before bedding down. This gives the quilts some time to air out.
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