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    Quote Originally Posted by gargoyle View Post
    Syb, I can do some soon and post. Don't want to steal Shadows thread

    Good work Shadow Alpha!!
    gargoyle - I'd be interested to see pics with the loops & shockcord. & how it attaches as sock or top cover

    I was just showing a simple no sew option - making dual use of a piece of gear I usually carry.

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    Me too. I'll send out some pics soon.
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    Here's some pics...
    This is a Stearn's poncho, reportedly a breatheable/waterproof material (similar to Dri-Ducks and Frogg Togg material. Kind of a papery feel) that I picked up at a local outdoor store. It's on my digicam Gar-traveler I used some pillows to simulate a person in the hammock.

    Tied over the hammock ridgeline, slid off to the side for entrance/exit. Set to the side like this, would block the wind from that side as well.
    Poncho OCUC 004.jpg

    Close up of the mitten hook and grosgrain attachment with shockcord. I attached the grosgrain at the four corners.
    Poncho OCUC 003.jpg

    Slid over the hammock, ends are open for venting condensation (And that's as far as the poncho/cover reaches). I can turn the poncho diagonally if needed. But as is, it covers well and keeps off most drafts. The hood can be opened or closed for venting as well.
    Poncho OCUC 005.jpg

    Spun under the hammock, shockcord is up on the ridgeline. This will keep any splash from the ground getting on the Under Quilt (which isn't in the pic, but you get the idea). Adjust shockcord as needed for proper fit. Tuck in the hood, if you'd like.
    Poncho OCUC 007.jpg

    Four 3/8" grosgrain loops, Four mitten hooks, two lengths of 1/8 or 3/32 shockcord 20-30" long for adjustability, and one poncho. Around $25 total.

    I like the poncho, but it packs kinda big (about the size of almost two nalgene bottles), fabric can rip on briars, etc. But using it multipurpose this way, it's a trade-off.
    I copied this idea from some early forum threads and the Jacks used to sell a similar poncho. So I copied their idea of the over/under cover too.

    PS. My wifes choice of wall color, not mine.
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    Gargoyle - I like the mitten hooks! and how the poncho can be attached under or over.
    thanks for sharing!

    the poncho I have is this http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/acu-poncho-p3549.aspx
    it's lightweight ripstop & packs down about the size of 1 bottle

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    Thanks.
    I was playing with it today for an upcoming trip and stumbled on something cool.
    I have 2 matching ponchos and if I turned one 180 degrees, the snaps lined up and snapped. Made an instant hammock sock. Has some gaps, but I fitted it to my indoor hammock and could feel the heat trapped inside immediately.
    Baggy enough for the uq. Pop a few snaps and I'm in and out easy. Tied the upper ponchos hood to the ridgeline and that keeps the poncho from dropping to the ground.

    Maybe it would work with your poncho, or a poncho and a liner?
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    Scenarios for ultralight---

    Love this idea -my nylon tarps are heavy for backpack....but I also have a miltary bivy I have put in hammock in Joshua Tree. Only downside is hammock gets wet without a cover....

    Quote Originally Posted by ShadowAlpha View Post
    when I'm out with the state guard on field exercises I typically carry a lightweight ripstop poncho.

    Since I normally carry it - figured why not find a use for it. I decided to test it on my WBBB to see how it would work as weather protection. It was going to take too many sewing mods to make it a under cover -

    so I threw it across the top, clipped it tight at the foot end, then used 2 clips on both sides by the head end. at the head end I rolled the extra material to make it hold better.

    you can see in the pic at the top of the head end is a space - works for me to leave some ventilation. I may put a tiny grosgrain loop at the top center so I can put a small string thru that & tie to hammock suspension for additional tie down spot.

    My garage is pretty darn cold when only wearing a tshirt & sweatpants. after getting in the hammock for a few mins it was toasty but once I opened the zipper I can feel the cool air rush in.


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    ShadowAlpha,
    What are the dimmensions of that poncho?
    Is it military issue?
    How much does it weigh?
    What is it made of?
    Thanks

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