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    Great list of tips! I particularly liked #8 - simple and effective.

    I've seen UQ protectors before, and #20 on this list made me reconsider them.

    Can anyone who uses one comment on the usefulness / tradeoffs of using an UQ protector?

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    Quote Originally Posted by idontevenexercise View Post
    Great list of tips! I particularly liked #8 - simple and effective.

    I've seen UQ protectors before, and #20 on this list made me reconsider them.

    Can anyone who uses one comment on the usefulness / tradeoffs of using an UQ protector?
    Iím glad I have my UQP. I use it for protection from the wind. And I like to camp on windy ridges. As for rain, it donít really consider it part of the solution to stay dry. They arenít waterproof (to allow the UQ to breath).

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    Thanks for your very thorough and helpful list.

    As a fellow Charlottean, I also saw Florence first-hand and all the debris that rained down from the trees. Frankly, wind scares me a lot more than rain!

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    Quote Originally Posted by idontevenexercise View Post
    Great list of tips! I particularly liked #8 - simple and effective.

    I've seen UQ protectors before, and #20 on this list made me reconsider them.

    Can anyone who uses one comment on the usefulness / tradeoffs of using an UQ protector?
    Most of my "UQP" use has been with the sil-nylon under cover that is part of the HH Super Shelter. It is not quite apples to apples comparing it to an UQP, but there are many similarities. The HH UC has extra function in that it's elastics keep the HH pad snug against my back without squeezing tightly enough to compress the open cell foam pad.

    Also- I don't now how this compares with other UQPs, but it comes up well over the sides of the hammock thus providing some protection for the TQ as well, and can be rotated(if not using the side pull outs) high enough on one side(most likely the windward side) to contact- or be within an inch or so- of the tarp, supplying huge wind block on that side. If wind shifts, it can be rotated the other way. This provides huge extra protection IMO.

    But, bottom line, it is an UQP. I find it invaluable for protection from splash up, wind chill and wind blown rain and snow. I find it more effective than using a larger tarp. After 12 years of on and off use, it remains one of my favorite pieces of gear. I'm sure I would also be fond of an UQP with my various UQs or Pea Pods, though I have never really done so. But I have been in an UQ under a large tarp when the wind shifted, and found myself wishing for an UQP. I have also had splash up get my UQ shell wet, under an 11X10 rectangular tarp. This would never hppen if using an UQP.

    Of course a negative is more weight, bulk and cost, unless it is already part of your system like with the HHSS. But I would happily make up for some of that with a smaller tarp if the extra everything bugged me too much.

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    Quote Originally Posted by idontevenexercise View Post
    Great list of tips! I particularly liked #8 - simple and effective.

    I've seen UQ protectors before, and #20 on this list made me reconsider them.

    Can anyone who uses one comment on the usefulness / tradeoffs of using an UQ protector?
    If itís under 50*, I donít even think about it anymore, the UQP is going in my pack. The only exception is if I know it will be dry and calm and Iím counting every gram due to high/fast miles.

    Otherwise, itís usefulness as n extra windbreaker is invaluable to me and the extra couple of ounces (I think mine is 3) are still low enough that for a weekend my pack is still pretty light. With the UQP, I feel more confident should I keep my tarp on porch mode and a rain shower should pop up during the night. As long as the wind doesnít pick up, I donít worry about any stray drops or splashes.


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    I've been in some tremendous downpours and even with mild splashing, I'd rather have my UQP get dirty and wet than my UQ. Mine packs down to the size of my fist and it weights almost nothing.

    It's also useful if there's wind because it will stop that from getting to your UQ and robbing you of warmth.

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    Quote Originally Posted by scrope View Post
    Mine packs down to the size of my fist and it weights almost nothing.
    My 40lb pack is full of stuff that weighs almost nothing.

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    20 tips for hammock camping in the rain

    I love that quote!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TallPaul View Post
    11) Consider running your guyline from the stake to the tarp - consider tying your guyline to your stakes, then running it to your hardware attached on the tarp (such as Dutch Tarp Fleaz or Tarpworms). This allows you to tension (or re-tension) your tarp while you are under your tarp. I personally don't do this because I worry I'll grab the wrong stakes at home & end up without a guyline in the field.
    Not only do I think about grabbing the wrong stakes or line, but the amount of line. With less line and the figure-9s I use, I can slide them all the way down about to the stake, so there's no line going back towards the tarp (at the max distance) other than a few inches to get it tight and into the hardware.

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