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    Caconym - your “few inches longer” might be a tad off. The shortest Thunder/Mini-Fly is 11 ft and they can be ordered in 12 or 13 ft. If you are using an 11 ft hammock - and many are closer to 10.5 or 10 ft. then 83% of hammock length - an average distance - gives you a 9 ft suspended length. So you’d have a whole foot, 12 inches, on either side. 12 isn’t a lot, but it’s much more than “a few”. So your hammock doesn’t come to the end of the tarp’s ridgeline.
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    I think I get what you're saying; that the offerings from Warbonnet are of a length that they're about a foot longer at each end than the hammock hang length, even on a longer hammock. I'm saying that with those mini doors to protect the ends better than a regular hex, they don't have to be. And since I'm making one myself I can bring the length in to suit my hammock and save some grams and hang in narrower tree spacings.


    I also use a UQP which doubles as my rain poncho and a ground cloth if I have to go to ground. It definitely helps add a few degrees.
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    Yes, closing those mini doors is like adding a few FEET to the tarp IMO. Massive protection bump by adding almost nothing (1.4oz and negligible bulk)

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    I had a minifly a few years ago but, I sagged just far enough to see under it most of the time and never felt adequately covered. I eventually sold it to a much lighter friend. I just ordered a thunderfly and am looking forward to trying it. I did enjoy the extra coverage of the peaks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Caconym View Post
    I think I get what you're saying; that the offerings from Warbonnet are of a length that they're about a foot longer at each end than the hammock hang length, even on a longer hammock. I'm saying that with those mini doors to protect the ends better than a regular hex, they don't have to be. And since I'm making one myself I can bring the length in to suit my hammock and save some grams and hang in narrower tree spacings.


    I also use a UQP which doubles as my rain poncho and a ground cloth if I have to go to ground. It definitely helps add a few degrees.
    Just picturing a shorter tarp - in order to get the same coverage over the hammock, wouldn't you have to lower the tarp relative to the hammock? I like having the space, and lowering the tarp would make the hammock claustrophobic, like a Hennessy.

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    I suppose. I typically have my Tadpole tarp half staked out and flipped back over itself so it's just a wind break, or in porch mode, depending on the likelihood of rain. I like to see the stars and the woods.
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