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    I have a Hennessy ultralite explorer which I really like. What I don't like is my feet getting wet at three in the morning from a big storm. I think my stock tarp is too small....I'm hiking the Appalachian trail next year and I want some better coverage.....any suggestions on what to move up to? Looking to spend $150 or less....

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    lots of really good tarps out there, i replaced my stock hennessy with the BMJ with panel pulls from warbonnet, and am 100% happy with the choice i made, $110.00

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    Don't jump too soon. Thru hiking the AT puts weight at a premium. The stock tarp is one of the smallest around and it _can_ keep you dry if you pass the learning curve. I agree it is steep. But it might be worth the weight savings to persevere with it. Site selection and pitching prowess are the two premium areas where the learning curve kicks in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Greg Dunlap View Post
    Pick up the Griz Beak from 2QZQ, their members of the forum. Here's a link to their web site with it: http://www.2qzqhammockhanger.com/tarpaccessories.html
    Thanks Greg for the recommendation, but the Grizz Beaks won't work with the stock asym Hennessy tarp because of the tarp's shape. ZQ
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    Don't jump too soon. Thru hiking the AT puts weight at a premium. The stock tarp is one of the smallest around and it _can_ keep you dry if you pass the learning curve. I agree it is steep. But it might be worth the weight savings to persevere with it. Site selection and pitching prowess are the two premium areas where the learning curve kicks in.
    yep, i hiked with the stock in me and nh no problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by conburn View Post
    I have a Hennessy ultralite explorer which I really like. What I don't like is my feet getting wet at three in the morning from a big storm. I think my stock tarp is too small....I'm hiking the Appalachian trail next year and I want some better coverage.....any suggestions on what to move up to? Looking to spend $150 or less....
    So, I guess this actually happened to you? What do you use for under insulation? If you happen to plan on a HH Super Shelter, you pick up a huge additional amount of sideways rain protection. I once had mine set up in the back yard with tornadoes very close by, horrendous storm. Though I had spent some time trying to get a perfect setup, but with tarp tied to HH suspension Prussics. Thing is, I was completely exposed to the winds, the only 2 trees were the 2 I was tied to about 21 feet apart. And totally flat land. I made a run for it out of fear of tornadoes and lightning. Then I was regretting my decision to leave the hammock/tarp out in that storm, worrying the winds would destroy everything. But when I checked afterwards, there was about 1 table spoon of water in the lowest point of the SS undercover, everything else was bone dry. I was amazed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 2Questions View Post
    Thanks Greg for the recommendation, but the Grizz Beaks won't work with the stock asym Hennessy tarp because of the tarp's shape. ZQ
    I agree on the beak. But I thought GrizzlyAdam's video showed this being used with an HH diamond tarp for much improved coverage? No?

    One other thing you can do, with or without the HHSS and assuming you add use some sort of drip line: put a small hole in a big garbage bag. Thread your suspension through this hole, and drape the bag over the end of the hammock.

    Or if you just want a big ol tarp for hanging out under and inviting guests over, a JRB 11x10 rectangular tarp is a really, really good one. But, it does weigh about 19 oz.

    Also, keep in mind that the stock diamond Explorer UL tarp is several inches longer than many popular tarps out there. I think it is 140" long. But for example, the above JRB tarp- is only 132" long. Though you get a lot better side coverage with most of them, you actually give up a bit of narrow coverage- at least from straight down rain- on the ends where the narrowest part of the hammock is. OTOH, the sil-nylon HH Hex ( also and excellent tarp) is 144" long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by BillyBob58 View Post
    I agree on the beak. But I thought GrizzlyAdam's video showed this being used with an HH diamond tarp for much improved coverage? No?
    Yes, I think he did show it used on the asym...but it only covered one side, and would be a wind shield, but not offer rain/snow protection. ZQ
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    I agree with ramblinrev the stock HH tarp can give complete protection in the worst conditions when used properly. Things to consider separate ridge-line for tarp hung lower on the tree then the hammock and sight selection. I spent a month and a half on the southern section of the AT this spring through thunder storms and nearby tornados. The HH stock tarp kept me bone dry while some of my minimalist fellow hikers sleeping under tarps and tents struggled.

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    I think you can make the stock tarp work if you want but like the said its gonna take some practice. I love to have a big huge tarp but I know that doesnt fly with you AT guys. but again I think you can check out these two tarps at wildernesslogics.com the big daddy or the tad pole. both have gotten great reviews. both under 100
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