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    Ridgeline Drape?

    I had run into a fellow hammock camper when returning from a wknd hanging.
    We got talking about staying warm, gear, methods, etc.

    He mentioned something about draping a sleeping bag/ blanket over a ridgeline to help insulate.

    After getting home I began to think about this a bit more, looked at my options, etc.

    I thought that since I have a poncho liner (which already has tie outs sewn in the right spots), could I just hang the poncho liner from my ridgeline on my hammock?

    I tried this in my living room, and it does appear to work very well, essentially turning my hammock into a floating tent of sorts.

    My question is the effectiveness of this.

    I would continue to have my tarp set up, but would the use of said "ridgline cover (? is there a real term for this)" do much in the way of warmth?

    In theory, I would think it could, as it's trapping some of the body heat in a smaller space (rather than it being lost trying to heat the whole forest, lol).

    Any pointers etc. would be of a great help.

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    I've used a poncho on a WBBB and it got much warmer! maybe additional 10degrees? thats just a guess... I'm sure a rain poncho could work with a netless hammock too



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    I have in the past used a PL as a TQ and my poncho as a weather shield and very comfortable into the upper 40's.
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    you could call this an over quilt (OQ) !!!!

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    Thank you very much for your inputs. I'll deff. give it a shot next hang.
    The nice thing about the poncho liner is it's light weight and it's ability to compress so small.
    Looking forward to trying it as an OQ.
    Would an OQ of a higher insulation (R Value) make any difference? Like an old sleeping bag, for example, or would the lighter more compact way (Poncho Liner) be just as good?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hike2Hang View Post
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    Would an OQ of a higher insulation (R Value) make any difference? Like an old sleeping bag, for example, or would the lighter more compact way (Poncho Liner) be just as good?
    I don't have any personal experience - but I would think not. a good underquilt & TQ to generate heat & keep you warm is key. I'm thinking the OQ is keeping the heat in.

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    I wouldn't want to drape anything over my ridge line that wasn't breathable.
    With a non-breathable cover, I would think you could drown in the condensation.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MAD777 View Post
    I wouldn't want to drape anything over my ridge line that wasn't breathable.
    With a non-breathable cover, I would think you could drown in the condensation.
    But if you used a sleeping bag, like H2H's friend does, maybe it would be warm enough in there that condensation wouldn't even occur. Obviously not a solution for the weight conscious among us.
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    hi, yes now you mentioned it the army light weight ponchs, i use two across my hammock and clip together in the middle and secured each end if you line up the hole for your head on poncho over center and peg it for condesation and the same the other end the air inside the hammock dont move much and stays warm, and it means i can sleep on till eleven cos its cozy and still dark.
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    For measuring the poncho liner's insulation benefits, you could take a digital thermometer and hang it from the inside with you under the same weather conditions before and after adding the poncho liner for, 10-15 mins to see how much the temperatures differ.

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