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Hammock rainfly options
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Steven Hall
(lundquistas) - F
Hammock rainfly options on 08/13/2012 08:25:27 MDT Print View

Hey guys,

Wondering what the different options are out there for a lightweight rainfly or tarp would be for sleeping in my hammock...have a Warbonnet double 1.1


Kevin Babione
(KBabione) - MLife

Locale: Pennsylvania
Hammock Tarps on 08/13/2012 08:52:11 MDT Print View

I have a custom hex-shaped tarp made by Lawson Equipment in Cuben. I don't think he's making tarps anymore, but it's really awesome.

Look at ZPacks or Mountain Laurel Designs - they both have tarps specifically designed for hammocks.

One other thought if you're really looking to cut down on your overall weight...See if Ron at MLD will modify his Hex Hammock Tarp to include a poncho-style opening. With a few well-places snaps to shorten it to poncho length you could have a hammock-specific poncho tarp that, if made in Cuben, would weigh around 8 ounces. I live in PA and am only able to weekend trips, but this would allow me to leave my other raingear at home most of the time.

Steven Hall
(lundquistas) - F
GoLite Poncho Tarp on 08/14/2012 18:57:51 MDT Print View

Thanks, those look awesome but don't have that kind of money budgeted right now.

Anyone have any experience with the GoLite poncho tarp? Think it would work as a cover for a hammock if so?


mark wuethrich
Go-lite poncho tarp on 08/14/2012 19:11:21 MDT Print View

It will work but just barely. A friend of mine uses one and its a little too close for comfort in a downpour. Check out the tarps at warbonnet outdoors, right now they are on sale and the big mamba jamba is the best value for weight / coverage / cost in my opinion. I also have a slightly used Mac Cat standard that I'm not using and would be willing to part with for $85 if you're interested, just shoot me a PM.

Dale Wambaugh
(dwambaugh) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Northwest
Re: Hammock rainfly options on 08/14/2012 19:14:18 MDT Print View

The Zpacks Cuben hammock tarp is big on my list. The one with doors is 8.5oz, but costs $315. I may have to stand out on a freeway ramp with a sign that says, "need funds for Cuben." Even the "standard" tarp brings on fits of Cuben envy at a mere 6.5oz.

For better weather, I have a Hennessy Cat Cape Poncho Rainfly that is larger than the stock Expedition tarp and can double as rain gear. 11.8oz.

It takes some reset on what we are used to seeing for weights on UL tarps when looking at hammock tarps. A 12"x 10" tarp is a LOT more surface area and strings than a poncho shelter. These big tarps and hammock underquilts are the weight penalty for a comfortable shelter. Big PU tarps of 22oz and more are fairly common.

K ....
(Kat_P) - MLife

Locale: Pacific Coast
Re: Go-lite poncho tarp on 08/14/2012 19:16:28 MDT Print View

I would go for the above offer. I own both the BMJ and the Maccat Standard. The latter is smaller but fine in rain that isn't too heavy or accompanied by wind. The Maccat is my main tarp unless I know I am heading into serious weather. The quality if OES is superior in my opinion.

Here There
(cowexnihilo) - MLife
Re: GoLite Poncho Tarp on 08/14/2012 20:13:41 MDT Print View

I've used my golite poncho tarp and it's definitely a bit dicey in bad weather. Works best with short hammocks or when you aren't really expecting rain but want something along just in case. A tarp is a pretty simple and cheap myog project if you're so inclined, the one I made is what I use most of the time now.


Tom Deal

Locale: Northern Idaho
Hammock Tarps on 08/15/2012 09:13:46 MDT Print View

I use the Tad Pole from Wilderness Its small in size but if you add extra tabs you can fashion doors. It has a Total pack weight of 11.5 oz

spelt with a t
(spelt) - F

Locale: SW/C PA
Re: Hammock Tarps on 08/15/2012 10:17:10 MDT Print View

I use an 8x10 rectangular flat tarp, 12 oz. I think the hex tarps weigh too much for being a single-purpose item. I looked at poncho tarps recently but decided they were not enough for four season use. I still have an asym that I plan to take on summer trips. It depends what use(s) you want for your tarps and how, where, and when you like to camp.

James McDaniel
Hammock Tarps on 08/15/2012 10:38:27 MDT Print View

To echo Kat's suggestion. I've got 2 OES MacCat Tarps(standard spinn, deluxe silnylon)

I think they are both great and I have the KnotBone 2 line suspension kit for both by WhoopieSlings. I use their prusik tie outs as well. Nice and easy and your sitting in your hammock before you know it.

I have a WBBB as well and I wouldn't go any shorter than the Standard's length(125").

Justin Nelson
(jnelson871) - MLife

Locale: CA Bay Area
Golite Poncho on 10/09/2012 18:03:57 MDT Print View

I have used the Golite poncho tarp several times and it works just fine if you pitch it really close and the rain is not to heavy. I agree with others about a larger tarp for worse weather. When you have the money, has a 4 season cuben tarp that is IMHO the best on the market and is well spoken of over at hammockforums.
Ever consider DIYing a larger tarp? Sil is weird to sew but certainly doable.

Guy Laden
(GL) - MLife
the ultimate hang on tarps for hammocks on 10/11/2012 13:13:25 MDT Print View

i found this useful

Ryan Spurlock
(RyanS) - F
eno profly rain tarp on 10/18/2012 12:19:02 MDT Print View

i use the eno in my opinion its a good budget entry tarp