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    Poncho Liner as overcover?

    Does anyone have any experience using a PL as an overcover? Have Any other no sew ideas for overcovers I can use for a quick upcoming trip?
    Thanks much for your advice!

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    Does overcover = top quilt?
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    I do. Don't attempt to use it below 50 degrees. I have used mine down to 46 but that's pushing it. I use a pad underneath. Most times I use it in the hotter months since a 40 degree bag is too much. Like most items that go above you it keeps the bugs off as well and is not too heavy. on the cooler mornings and in the evenings I use it as a wrap around quilt around camp.

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    Not as a Top quilt but what I am talking about using a piece of fabric over the hammock to trap warm air in and keep some drafts out. For example the Bear Burrito Oven.
    Thanks again for your input

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    I took a peice of ripstop about 3/4 length of my hammock and put a loop on one end, slid my suspention thru it and then pulled it up over my tq for added warmth, it helped alot, just tuck it in around you if you are not gonna sew loops to attach it to the hammock, when its cold every little bit helps
    A pocho liner cant hurt, it should help trap warm air as well as block the wind, why not? as long as when you wake up it is not on the ground!

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    The only problem is that a PL can get a little heavy for its use. Mine is about 24oz, and can probably only take me to 50 comfortably.
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    When it's particularly cold out I often just drape my coat over the hammock RL down at the foot end to trap in warm air and it seems to help. I would imagine a PL would be a significant improvement over that. I would vent it up at the head end, ie: don't completely close your self in with it, but if you don't mind carrying it I would say it'd be worth doing.
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    In fact lately I've been considering making a winter sock from poncho liners, but I'm still just in the considering stage of that project.

    You could probably make a 3/4 sock by putting the PL on 90 to the hammock, hanging it on the RL and tying it shut under the hammock....not actually sure, just thinking out loud.
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    I haven't used a poncho liner for a top cover but I think it would accomplish what you are expecting.
    I did a little testing a couple of nights ago and found that at a 33 degree outside temp my hammock inside was at 47 degrees with the thin nylon 'storm shield' of my Clark in place (vented slightly). I don't know what it would have been with only bug netting but I think the top cover had to help some. A insulated layer (like a PL) should help even more.
    It would weigh a little but it might allow you to take a lighter sleeping bag or top quilt.
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    I have a PL that I will use over the RL of my HH then tie it to the tie out points on the HH. I do this if it's going to get colder than what I was expecting. Be sure to not cover where your head is or you will have condensation issues.

    Also worth noting is I don't back pack but motorcycle camp so weight is a non issue. If I were hiking I would find something lighter to do it with or have a jacket do double duty.

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