keep the strings on the ends
Don't cut off the strings on the ends. For those who don't own this hammock, you need to know that each end has about 30 strings attached at the ends that terminate in a loop to which you attach your suspension. THose strings allow the hammock to spread out very nicely. I'm not sure how the weight compares, but if you made a hammock in fabric that was as long as the Moskito including the strings on each end, I bet the fabric would weigh more, and you wouldn't need that extra length. I had a couple of these and cut the strings off one to test using it with whoopies pulled through the gathered ends where the strings would have attached. THis prevented the hammock from spreading out and it was constricting. I now use an unmolested original Moskito and attach whoopies to each loop end of the strings in a larkshead, and then marlin spike hitch to straps. Very comfortable hammock with sturdy bug net. I think it's 15 ounces. My Grand Trunk Nano 7 is less comfortable and in bug season I have to use a bug sock which adds weight and is not as comfortable as the net on the Moskito. Experiment. Unless you're really extra tall and extra wide, I think you'll like the Moskito quite a bit. I do.