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    Newby question about hanging and flys???

    OK, I hung for one of the nights i went camping Memorial Day weekend. I had our tent set up. I took one of my 8*10 blue tarps and set it up "diamond style".

    But here's the question. When people use tents they often use a tarp above, to protect their tent and keep extra dry. Do hangers do the same? I mean if i have say a Warbonnet Superfly (the tarp I think I am ordering), do I still use a cheap blue tarp over head. And, oh by the way, i am car camping this year (still).

    I know opinions vary, and I can do what I want, just curious what the seasoned hangers do...

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    do I still use a cheap blue tarp over head.
    No, the Superfly will give you plenty of coverage. You can use the old tarp as a cooking shelter if you are car camping.
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    The tarp itself should do you just fine (particularly the superfly). No need to put anything over top. (just make sure to check for widow-makers above your hanging spot)

    Part 5 of Shug's series starts talking about tarps, to which pretty much the rest of the series is devoted (that's right - darn near an hour of tarp info!):

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    The reason to double tarp in a tent is to keep the edges around the bottom drier in any rain. This is not an issue in a hammock.
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    no double tarp

    Quote Originally Posted by HammockPete View Post
    ...When people use tents they often use a tarp above, to protect their tent and keep extra dry...
    No they don't, unless they have crappy tents, or they're car camping and don't mind rigging another tarp so they don't have to pack up a wet tent.

    However, I've seen folks tent with a tarp strung up for a sitting area next to or nearby. Same effect basically setting up your hammock tarp in porch mode with your poles.
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    Don't forget that tarps are also useful for keeping the sun off. I've often wondered if doubling on the tarps will prevent the extreme radiant heat that can come off a dark tarp in summer sunshine... I'll try to experiment this summer using my Kelty Noah as the "top" tarp and then my WB tarp (not sure which one it is at the moment) as the bottom tarp.

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    Quote Originally Posted by HammockPete View Post
    When people use tents they often use a tarp above, to protect their tent and keep extra dry.
    I, too, have yet to see that. I'd be taking pictures for sure!

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    It looks like this and works great for pouring rain/shade/falling pine cones.



    And it's covering a very good tent.
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    One tarp is enough. I just an 8.5x8.5 tarp in a diamond formation. It is just barely big enough to cover my hammock completely but it works.
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    Just wanted to bring an interesting(?) observation about regional differences regarding tent/shelter design. I understand that in the US (and other regions as well I suppose) tents tend to be constructed with one shell/layer which is then complimented by a rainfly or outer shell when/as needed? In Scandinavia (and other regions as well I suppose ) a tent pretty much always has two layers. The outer layer protects against the elements and the inner against mosquitoes and bugs. They are treated as one complete package and many, but not all, are designed so that it is possible to remove one of the layers, usually the inner one. I think that this philosophy comes from us usually tenting above the tree line where it is more common with high winds than not. If you take a look at this instructional video about how to setup a tent in storm conditions from a Swedish high-end tent making company you can see that functionality in bad weather forms a baseline in Scandinavian tent design.

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