Originally Posted by FLRider
I've been toying with a modular attachment system for about a year now, and I've been very impressed by how well it works for some things and how difficult it is to engineer others for it.
Mine's based on Velcro rather than a zipper attachment system; but I can see the attraction of using the zippers with OmniTape, due to how easily OmniTape lets go. Seems a bit fiddly, but I suppose most of that is going to be in the set up at home.
I'm very impressed by the use of the OmniTape as a ridgeline; it makes a lot of sense for that type of system and surely is strong enough to act as a non-structural one (not sure about an SRL, but I'm willing to play with it and see, for sure...). Did you find OmniTape with a polyester (or other non-stretch) backing, or is it the standard nylon backing (which will stretch and change the lie of the hammock during the night if you're relying on it as an SRL)?
The top quilts and underquilts are the two things that I'd have questions about, mostly.
The top quilt seems as if it would have quite a bit of space between it and your body below the head-end attachment point--creating a large(r) air space that your body needs to warm before the trapped air of the insulation. Which, if my understanding of the physics is correct, means that the top quilt will feel colder than a comparably filled quilt that lays directly on top of an user. Have you found that to be true, or am I simply spitting in the wind here?
The underquilt seems as if it's a standard suspension, just with OmniTape along the edges to seal it up better. Was engineering the size specifications for it versus the hammock difficult (this is where I've run into the largest issues with my own modular system), or does the standard suspension with shock cord obviate that issue? If so, I may have to rethink my DIY system...I'm trying to avoid draft issues and make my underquilt "idiot proof" (with me as the designated idiot), and shock cord just doesn't seem to be the answer there.
Thanks for taking the time to demo your product and detail all of its features! I certainly appreciate it, and I hope that your business grows!
Hi, On your first point "how well it works for some things and how difficult it is to engineer others for it" I agree totally...it was a conundrum until I created the Zip-Stick Rail. After that, things began to fall into place. As for the Omi-Tape ridgeline being used as an SRL... Hundreds of variations and combinations were tried before I arrived at the conclusion. The simplest answer was the correct one. "Occam's razor" Folding the velcro in half lengthwise and sewing the fabric within that fold. Additionally, I use Velcro Brand Omni-Tape, generic brands stretch excessively and wear out in a few months of continuous use. Now on to the quilts...The underquilt is the same width as the hammock. Omni-Tape on the long sides extends beyond the quilt edge about 1-1/2", this keeps the quilt from detaching itself from the hammock accidentally. The short sides of the quilt need a sewn channel at least 2" to allow for easy gathering along the shock cord within otherwise, you will have air gaps. This shock cord has it's own cord lock. Additionally, there is a loop of shock cord affixed to the underquilt at midpoint on each side forming a triangle that connects to the hammock suspension via a mitten clip. The top quilt does touch the body and this air space can be regulated by adjusting the shock cords running through the two long sides of the Falcon Hammock. The top quilt also has plenty of free range area and an adjustable draft collar that can be tucked around the shoulders. The top quilt is 1' shorter in width than the hammock at the head end down to the hip area then, it tapers to a point beyond the foot area. Hope that helps.
Thanks for the questions, comments and input.