Originally Posted by warbonnetguy
@175#, a double layer 1.1 would be plenty for you, .. you won't get much of a difference in lay by going heavier than the dl1.1 not at you're weight...
the 1.7 is a little slicker material since it's taffeta rather than ripstop, ....
Alright - almost getting the fabric choice understood. But not quit done yet.
1.7 oz is Taffeta, 1.1 oz is parachute ripstop - some difference in feel but maybe not a lot different. But what about other characteristics?
200 pounds seems to be the agreed upon threshold between the two weights of fabric as far as how much the fabric stretches. If over 200 pounds then buy a 1.7 fabric weight hammock to reduce the amount of stretch.
But - Do the two fabric weights get the same maximum supported weight rating?
Are Single layer and double layer hammocks maximum supported weight rating the same?
I suspect that they are since the layers aren't sewn together along all four sides nor stitched through the middle. - sorry I couldn't find or did not see maximum weight ratings for the hammocks on the web site.
IOW - do both have fabrics have the same weight rating to failure? But just a different elasticity or stretch?
Why am I asking this ? - well round these parts I don't see any Clarks, Claytor, DDs, Hennesseys, Speers , Warbonnets or what have you. ENO at the local Gander Mtn is about it. So I'm figuring that if I show up somewhere in the daylight and string this thing up there's going be some big fellah want to get in. Try it out. Ok , I'm 175#s, I ordered a 1.1 cause it ought to be ok for me - but mr big fellah looks 300# maybe more . Do I say 'go ahead giv er'a try' or do I say 'hold on there big guy, not in my my BB'.
The term ripstop I am familiar with. Not sure I know what taffeta is. I'll figure that out myself.
In use - have you experienced any major difference between the 2 fabrics in regard to abrasion resistance? Or puncture resistance ? Probably a bit different from one another.
Hopefully the answers to these questions will about do it all for me about the BB and be as far as it can go with out first hand experience with one. Just one more mystery do solve but that will be in a separate post.