Originally Posted by TeeDee
Simple question - what are the tradeoffs between using a zipper versus velcro for the bug netting?
Here's my initial take on the trade-offs"
Cost: the Velcro would be much cheaper is my guess. I haven't priced zippers in years.
weight: the velcro would be lighter.
ease of use: a. The velcro can be a pain to line up to close, but b. can be opened at any point without having to start at the end like a zipper. Opening at any point could be important if you only wanted a small opening, e.g., to stick your arm out. c. the Velcro would be harder to close properly after getting into the hammock. d. the bug netting could possibly get caught in the zipper and cause damage to the bug netting. e. The bug netting could get hooked by the hook side of the Velcro and possibly damaged in dis-engaging.
maintenance: zippers can jam and lose teeth, not often but Murphy's Law states that it will happen at the most inconvenient time. Velcro is fairly maintenance free - just make sure that the loops are on the hammock body and not the hooks.
Comfort: Velcro backing is fairly rigid and this may irritate.
Other points to consider?
Anybody with experience either way?
Would the new Omni tape be better or easier/better than traditional Velcro (if you can find a source)?
Velcro has a tendency to be worn out over time, and it would be difficult to replace if you plan on using the hammock long term. being out in the woods where there can be rogue plant material on you or just floating around, this will get stuck in the velcro, its a major pain to get out and can build up in spots making the velcro not very effective. you mihgt be better off not using anything to attach the netting, just drape it over and tuck it under yourself. it can be a more convenient method and can have other uses. i've been backpacking with a friend who used his mosquito net to catch his dinner every night.