Originally Posted by sparkysko
I have done a new-fabric stress test on 1.1oz ripstop vs the 300lb bubba (me). Aside from my whippings slowly slipping off, 1.1oz was enough to hold me up, although the hammock was only 6 feet long ( i cut it for 9 feet, go figure). I bounced around a bit, sat on the edges, and generally abused it. I now feel confident in using 1.9oz fabric. I agree with Hammock Engineer however, who knows how it'll last in the longterm. I just expect to fall, and don't put myself in a bad spot like some of the other crazies on here do. For testing I also hang myself only a few inches off the ground.
I resemble that remark.
I usually do what you did the first time I set up a homemade one. I set up close to the ground, jump around a lot, swing, plop down, set on the edge, and then lay for a while and recover. Probibly a good laugh for the neighbors. I then inspect it for damage. So far only some of the cheap taffeta failed this test where the tieout was. The tieout put a hole in it from the friction between the fabric and the spectra. Everything else was fine with my 220+ self.