Weight limits...how much margin?
I am a "born again n00b" looking for my starter hammock.
I am only 5'6" so I fit into almost all the hammocks, by height. However, I am really, really dense. :rolleyes: My "skin in" weight is around 200 pounds. I try to keep the "skin out" weight to 30-35 pounds for a 4 day weekend trip - and that's a "wet" total (I like to eat well...and often. :D )
I have looked at Hennessy Hammock Scout (200 lb limit) or Expedition (250 lb limit) , Grand Trunk SBP (250 lb limit), DIY (vaires...starting at 200 lb), and a few others.
So...if I were to pile me and everything into the hammock I would be pushing the 250 pound limit. Soak everything in rain, or toss in one or both pre-schoolers and I would be clealy over a 250 pound limit.
How literal should I take any of those published weight limits? Is there a little "jiggle" room? Should I just take the base weight hit and go with the "double layer" hammocks and push the weight limit to 350 pounds and never worry again?
Re: Weight limits...how much margin?
Why would you pile your stuff in the hammock???
Most people hang the stuff off the suspension... Which can take a lot more load than the fabric can... Usually its just you and a few lbs in the hammock... Everything else I usually hang off the trees or off my suspension somewhere... The load limits are almost exclusive to the fabric strength and has nothing to do with the suspensions capability...