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    Double Duty Rain Protection

    I love the idea of 1 item with several uses, with that in mind what are some options for a rainfly that doubles as raingear? I was thinking of a rainfly/rainskirt combo or really any combination. I have seen the poncho/rainfly combo and question its durability as well as the head hole that would be over top of your hammock. Just curious as to all of the double duty options out there.

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    I've found G.I. ponchos to be very durable and you can wrap up the hood with the draw string to make them water tight. They're too small to use over a full sized hammock though. I do use one over my 3 year old's little hammock.
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    A few people on here have used the golite ponch with success. I have one but haven't used it as a tarp.

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    I was just at Uncle Sam's army/navy (50% off until the 2nd). The sell a Canadian Forces Bivy tarp in sections (zip together). Each section is 10'X5' - can't tell the weight, but they include the shipping because it is a "heavy item" made out of "Waterproof Nylon".
    Any Canadian Hangers or ex-military know about these?

    I'm not too concerned about weight (motocamper), but might be interested. They do ship with shock-corded poles, but wouldn't have to use them of course.
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    I was considering a similar setup until someone pointed out to me that if you're "wearing" your tarp, how do you hang your hammock in the rain? Same goes for accessing your pack to get at food, etc.

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    I use my poncho as an undercover to be able to get away with a tiny tarp. Without the undercover, sideways rain would hit the bottom of the hammock--making for a wet night. With the undercover, it runs off.

    Total weight savings over my previous set up? 32 oz (this includes going from a PU-coated tarp and an heavy GI poncho to 1.4 oz/sq yd sil for both the poncho and tarp; equivalent materials would have saved ~13 oz).

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    I use my poncho as an undercover to be able to get away with a tiny tarp. Without the undercover, sideways rain would hit the bottom of the hammock--making for a wet night. With the undercover, it runs off.

    Total weight savings over my previous set up? 32 oz (this includes going from a PU-coated tarp and an heavy GI poncho to 1.4 oz/sq yd sil for both the poncho and tarp; equivalent materials would have saved ~13 oz).

    Hope it helps!
    What size is your tarp, Rider? Is it a diamond? Hex?

    I'm thinking about doing the same sort of thing.

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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDSH View Post
    What size is your tarp, Rider? Is it a diamond? Hex?

    I'm thinking about doing the same sort of thing.

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    Diamond. I used the DIY Gear Supply pattern, and I show off the entirety of the system in the photos in post #2 and video in post #3 of this thread (the video section starts at ~8:10).

    Hope it helps!
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    Quote Originally Posted by FLRider View Post
    Diamond. I used the DIY Gear Supply pattern, and I show off the entirety of the system in the photos in post #2 and video in post #3 of this thread (the video section starts at ~8:10).

    Hope it helps!
    Yes, Rider, that helps tremendously. Thank you!

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    While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. (1 Thessalonians 5:3 ESV)

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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDSH View Post
    Yes, Rider, that helps tremendously. Thank you!

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    No problem. The only issue that I've had with that particular combo is water intrusion through the whipping ends of the hammock at about hour ten in a tropical storm. This has been solved, via a suggestion by BlackWolf, to use mini plastic S-biners to hold the tarp suspension in line with the hammock suspension.

    Glad I could help!
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