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    Praise ad a question abt tarps for BIAS users.

    First off I want to reiterate on every post in this forum. BIAS is a great group. I spoke to Brian and he was extremely patient and helpful with this first time hammock user! Great customer service after I wanted to change my order. Highly recommended.

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    Trying to get an idea on tarps for these 11ft BIAS hammocks. I live in GA and it rarely gets below 20* in the winter. Now with spring and summer coming, i don't see the need for doors but would like to get add ons at a later time.

    After searching around I see the favorites are the WL tadpole and the superfly by WB. I see WB had doorless tarps with aftermarket door kits. I read about grizbeaks too but haven't look into it more. I'm not a good DIYer so I'm happy to support a small business.

    What size/kind of tarps are you using for your bias hammock. Pics/recommendations all welcome.

    Oh - I'm not a big hiker but will be using this setup for cycle touring/ bike packing.

    Thanks!

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    You're lucky with lots of choices available to you. Anything with a 11 foot ridgeline should be more than good for you - 12 ft if you need some extra coverage. Remember that your 11 ft hammock actually hangs at about 108" (your hammock ridgeline) so all you need is to really cover that.
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    I use a ridgeline of 118" with my BIAS so I tend to use a longer tarp. My 8 X 10 will work for good weather when I don't need a lot of end coverage. Most of the time I will use the Kelty Noah's 12 tarp for better weather protection but the extra weight is a penalty when backpacking. I'm saving up for an Ox Gear Oxbarn which is similar to the Superfly and crafted here in Ga by forum member Orion X. Check them out at oxgearoutfitters.com
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    I prefer a 12' ridgeline, I'll be using a 12' HG Cuben on my upcoming Trail Days hike with my WW 1.1 Dbl. I've gotten wet with some lesser length tarps, primarily due to the fact that I didn't take the time to set it up efficiently before I crawled into the hammock. Well, that and the fact that it rained 5 inches that night didn't help.

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    IMO choosing to not have doors would be mostly for weight savings. If weight is not an issue then I don't see a down side to having them. They can always be secured back and out of the way until needed. Besides weather protection, if you are at a public camp ground they are also good to have to ensure privacy.
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    There are some people who don't use a ridgeline, claiming they don't need it to get a good diagonal lay. However, a ridgeline serves a second purpose with 11 ft. hammocks in insuring that you don't have to buy a longer, and therefore heavier tarp just to cover it.

    I keep my Weight Weenie Micro ridgeline at 108 inches. My HG CF Winter Palace has a 130 inch ridgeline (10' 10"), so that gives me 11 inches on each end of coverage. The continuous loops at each end of the hammock extend about five inches, so that leaves me with six inches of coverage at each end.

    I'm using whoopie hooks on my whoopie slings so they act as a drip string and keep me and my hammock from getting wet. The Winter Palace has doors, so I've never gotten wet.

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    Here is my WWM with my WL Tadpole I also have a Grizz Beak if I need to close off one end all works great together..
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    Plug for the AHE Toxaway on your other thread.
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    +1 on the guys at BIAS!!!! I have the BIAS Camper Hammock and a Hennessy Hex that I got from JRB. When I need a door on one side, I use my oversized rain poncho to make a Grizz Beak. Works pretty well. The only thing I don't like about the Hex tarp is that it is made in China, but overall a pretty decent tarp for the price. It covers "Big Red" pretty well.
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    Praise ad a question abt tarps for BIAS users.

    Awesome responses! I forgot who but their logic was sound and has convinced me to go with doors. I'm think the superfly may be the budget friendly bet.

    I do have a question about the warbonnet superfly to those who have one, why extra items will I need to purchas? Does it already come with a ridgeline at least?

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