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    Rain?

    I thought I had seen some ideas regarding this but can't remember now. I have a Hammock Gear Pheonix (AND LOVE IT!!!), but I'm wondering what to do if it rains regarding keeping the underquilt from getting wet? Any suggestions?

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    Set up your tarp first.
    I keep the tarp in an outside pocket of my backpack.
    I always keep my down quilts in roll-top dry bags.
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    underquilt protector will give you added protection from rain and wind, plus added warmth. 2QZQ sells a nice one.

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    +1 on both the fast and quick tarp setup but cannot go wrong with the added protectiom from a UQP (and it adds warmth)!
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    Some people feel the rain. Others just get wet.
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    The only time I've ever had an issue with my UQ getting wet, there were tornados moving through the area and the wind did a 180 shift on me just as the line of storms arrived. I had to scramble to reset my tarp and so I got some splash and spray. Even so, while the DWR outer shell of the UQ got damp it didn't seem to effect the loft noticably. As others suggested the UQP is a great solution, I don't feel it to be a necessity.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bannerstone View Post
    T Even so, while the DWR outer shell of the UQ got damp it didn't seem to effect the loft noticably. As others suggested the UQP is a great solution, I don't feel it to be a necessity.

    David
    I've had my UQP for about a year and I've only had to use it once for rain. The rest of the time I've actually used it for it's additional warmth from the cold wind. I haven't carried it in the summer, and have made it through a few nasty straight line wind and rain storms with little to no water on my underquilt. It's more about how you pitch your tarp imo.

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    it was only an very minor issue one night out of 6 months on the AT.
    I did just did put in an order for an UQP from 2QZQ for those "in-between" nights....where it might be a bit rainy, but not a drop in temp enough for an UQ.
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    Thanks for the info. It is appreciated.

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    i too keep my tarp on the outside of my pack, also stake the tarp down to the ground as close as possible to prevent splashing.
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    Well, the tarp is a start if its raining, LOL.

    The wettest trip I've had was 33* and sleeping about 1500' above the Puget Sound. We were camping in clouds and it was pouring. Photos were all fogged up from the moisture in the air (100% humidity). My HG UQ was soaked, as the moisture was floating in sideways. It was coming off the insides of the tarp too. With my UQ getting wet, a lot of the wet was kept off by the DWR that is coated on the UQ. The loft was affected, but the feathers went down (it's under you, not on top), so it still acted as a barrier to air movement.

    I didn't want a repeat, so I purchased UQ Protectors from 2QZQ out of coated silnylon for $35 each. I used one a couple weeks ago and it actually added about 5* of warmth, as it kept the wind from blowing the heat away as quickly (HQ 40* Incubator with 1oz overstuffed. Warm at 29* overnight).

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