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    HG dyneema fly...ample coverage?

    Hey guys. Just got my HG fly and subbed it out for my old Hennessy Hex. The weight savings is obviously phenomenal, and I have no reason to doubt that the fly will perform. But it does slightly concern me how much less side coverage I get from the HG. Its shorter by 9 on either side of the ridgeline. Even their fly with doors is this narrow, which seems to defeat the point. I have it about as low as I can get it without interfering with the hammock suspension, and the sides of the fly are above my body level in the hammock. So far, its only seen a light drizzle. Im definitely anxious about its first night in real weather! Anyone got any advice, or just reassuring words?90E8D74B-1F82-419D-911B-E613F24C5A88.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaronbagby View Post
    I've seen youtuber sintax77 using this and he seems to get out quite often in rainy areas.

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    It depends on what your definition of ample coverage is. In nice weather - yes. In stormy weather with wind and cold - no. The Palace is bare minimum for me in fall/winter/early spring hanging. I hate to be cold and wet so I'm after all of the coverage I can get.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TrailSlug View Post
    It depends on what your definition of ample coverage is. In nice weather - yes. In stormy weather with wind and cold - no. The Palace is bare minimum for me in fall/winter/early spring hanging. I hate to be cold and wet so I'm after all of the coverage I can get.
    Yeah I made a hasty decision here to shave some pack weight for the 2nd half of my section hike. Posted that I was in the market for a dyneema fly on the wanted forum, turned out this one was for sale and I just assumed the coverage would suffice. Honestly, this width just isn’t enough. I will likely sell it and pick up the Palace as soon as I get home. Hope I don’t get pounded with rain/wind in the next 2-3 weeks. Cheers.

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    My first DCF tarp was an HG Standard with doors. I only owned it about six months before getting rid of it - I couldn't stay dry for the life of me. Then I got the HG Winter Palace - same basic size as the Warbonnet Superfly. I haven't gotten wet since!
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    Ive used that tarp for an entire AT Thru hike and most of the PCT- from the Sierras north.

    Its a fine tarp and is enough coverage so long as you pitch it well

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aaronbagby View Post
    Hey guys. Just got my HG fly and subbed it out for my old Hennessy Hex. The weight savings is obviously phenomenal, and I have no reason to doubt that the fly will perform. But it does slightly concern me how much less side coverage I get from the HG. It’s shorter by 9” on either side of the ridgeline. Even their fly with doors is this narrow, which seems to defeat the point. I have it about as low as I can get it without interfering with the hammock suspension, and the sides of the fly are above my body level in the hammock. So far, it’s only seen a light drizzle. I’m definitely anxious about its first night in real weather! Anyone got any advice, or just reassuring words?90E8D74B-1F82-419D-911B-E613F24C5A88.jpg
    From the pic it appears you pitch it far higher over the hammock than I do. I've weathered some pretty nasty storms but with the tarp pitched right down to the hammock SRL. That's how you get the most protection with a smaller tarp.

    With the tarp down low on one or both sides, the wind and rain protection can be pretty good. If you want to be able to stand under a tarp and still have coverage, you'll simply need a much larger tarp.

    In this pic it was pretty windy but the tarp shielded the hammock quite effectively:

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    For more protection, you could zip your rain coat over the wind and rain blown side. I read this somewhere here and I thought it was a good idea if things got bad, and my rain coat would not be used for anything else while I am in my hammock during a big rain anyways.

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    It that an 11' tarp, or longer?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FLTurtle View Post
    It that an 11' tarp, or longer?
    12 tarp

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