It may not be rocket science, but it's still science.
Your body weight will cause it to sag which will effect your tarp tension.
Also having a fixed height on your tarp means you can't raise it when weather permits.
I see no advantage in weight or function over seperate pieces of gear.
What is a herder of cats, you ask? https://youtu.be/Pk7yqlTMvp8
Why can't you hang your hammock as you normally would and simply attach some tensioners at the tarp ridgeline and attach directly to the hammock suspension and have tensioners at the ground tieouts for the tarp too?
In essence, this is exactly what Hennessey tarps do and it works for them.
As others have mentioned, there are shortcomings. It's probably never going to be as taut as a separate tarp and winds will flap the tarp around a bit; but it works for plenty of people that use the stock Hennessey setups.
Below is a video by Derek Hansen for reference.
Last edited by Tendertoe; 07-08-2014 at 11:20.
I envy your scale, Tendertoe. If I had that, I'd never stop testing!
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The video is of my friend Derek Hansen and not Tendertoe. Derek is the author of " The Ultimate Hang" book many of us highly recommend.
Just linking a video for reference (edited the above post to reflect that).
Dejoha on hammockforums is who is responsible for the video.
The Ultimate Hang is the name of his website and book.
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