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    Poncho to retain heat

    Has anyone draped a poncho over their ridgeline to retain heat in cool weather? It seems this would not be much different than a hammock sock. What am I overlooking?

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    I did it this past winter one night on my WBBB... resulted in a bunch of condensation but I'm not convinced it did a whole heck of a lot to retain heat. I pitch my tarp (WB Edge in Spinn) low and tight so that may be part of the reason it wasn't a dramatic difference for me. Poncho was a USGI surplus in woodland camo, which I think is PU coated ripstop and very non-breathable. The condensation would be a lessened considerably with something like the AHE Bear Burrito Oven that's uncoated nylon for much better breathability.

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    I did this with a Dri Ducks poncho one time, and it worked fine. I did have a small opening at the head end so it was able to breath a little, but it also helped keep things a little warmer.
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    I've done it with a space blanket. The big thing is that it blocked the wind with a normal Hennessy smallish tarp. You need to leave a window near your head to avoid condensation issues.

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    I did it with a poncho liner and it worked well at 19 degrees Farenheit. Definitely warmer than outside the little "tent".
    I also had my Hennessey tarp over the whole set-up. Took the tarp off to show the PL on the ridgeline better.
    Held it on with those little "bulldog" clips at both ends so it could slide up and down the ridgeline.
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    Perhaps I should have looked to the next page before posting my question.
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=38944
    perhaps a mod could move it here for me?

    you can see in the image that I had mine set up very similar to what dkperdue has done however my poncho liner is hanging from below ridgeline. I secured the foot end to a loop in the ridgeline (caused by prsuk knot used to adjust tension of ridge) and the head end I tied to a persuk knot to allow me to pull it snugly closed, of slide it open and out of the way when not needed.

    dkperdue, when you tried this, did you find that it was efficient enough to warrant use?
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    I too have used a poncho liner (PL) as an overcover on my WBBB dbl 1.7. I tied mine off on the diagonal and it was the right length to tie off at the suspension buckles. I have not had any condensation problems and have done this numerous times and I am a hot/warm sleeper. I strongly think this is a valuable technique in colder weather as not only have I experience 10-15 degrees warmer temps, but also it keeps the air inside the hammock a bit more humid instead of breathing cold dry air all night long. Occasionally I have found ice on the outside of the PL where moisture was escaping but never inside.

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    Two of them work better as a weathershield. It will protect both the top and bottom.



    I put the hood hole over the area where my head is to allow vapor to escape. It provides a pretty decent micro-climate boost and keeps fog and mist at bay. The DriDucks is also breathable....and your dogs will wonder what the heck is in there.

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