Originally Posted by drewboy
Great inputs concerning fabric strength and bug protection; thanks. I try to go as ultralight as possible, so bumping my weight up by 7oz is something I would need to think about. I currently use a HH Hyperlite that is constructed with 30D material (not sure about the material weight) and have had no issues with this. My body weight is somewhere in the low to mid 180's. I mostly backpack in the Southwest, and use JRB underquilts, which makes the bug protection issue seem less critical to me.
Hey Brandon, do you have a recommended weight for the 1.1oz fabric? If it supports 185lbs for the 1.1oz black fabric, count me in for a Blackbird, (1.1oz black, single layer hammock with the Line/Straps option). The extra room in the head and feet area, as well as the storage shelf sound like great upgrades. Will send PM to you when I get confirmation on this.
i don't know for sure, but i bet the hyperlight is 1.1 parachute fabric as well. either way, my 1.1sl should be fine for your weight. i suspect there are certain single layer fabrics that ward off skeeters better than others. i thought i read somewhere about tighter weave fabrics (ripstop nylon/downproof) being harder to bite through. the 1.7 seems a looser weave, so i would guess the sl1.1 would be more resistent than the sl1.7, but don't really know.
like grizz pointed out about the dl, added strength. all my dl hammocks are structural double layer. this means the load is split between the 2 layers, both contribute to the overall strength of the hammock. other hammocks that simply have a "pad pocket" would not necessarily be this way. but my structural double layer does, and also functions as a pad pocket that will accept any size camping pad. other advantages are added durability and added water resistence. 2 layers of dwr must be better than 1. and last but not least, there is a comfort/lay difference. as i've said before, a heavier nylon fabric will stretch less than a lighter one. (a dl1.1 would be equivalent to a sl2.2) so... hammock stretches less, butt sags less in relation to head and feet = flatter lay. it all depends on what your priorities are and what your willing to carry extra weight for.