I have found (occasionally) ripstop, and I've found several types of camo, but the camo has always been some sort of polyester or poly/cotton blend.
Is this fabric Nylon Ripstop Camo? That would be awesome!
I started with a right isosceles triangle, 18" legs. Roll hemmed three sides which reduced the legs to about 13". Was shooting for 16" but miscalculated. Not a problem though, the result works fine.
Measuring at the hammock edge the sum of the two legs is about 4" less than the hypotenuse, so that's the reduction in the length of the hammock side. It's enough to make me nervous about entering the hammock from that side. There's a lot of tension on the seams if you sit on the hammock edge.
Looking forward to no longer having my feet hang over the edge.
Really late to the party here, but when I'm laying in my BB, the body fabric (under your feet, not the top sewn in over your feet fabric) in the footbox seems more loose to me. Also, the fabric right in the middle (left to right) of the hammock down towards your feet feels tighter than the rest. I was imagining that there must be extra fabric in that quadrant of the hammock.
I imagine the beginning fabric, prewhipped, in order to create extra room for your feet, would look something like this:
But I have no idea. This was just my guess before reading this thread. The bed fabric on a WBBB is just rectangularly shaped?
For me, for whatever reasons, the blackbird shape is the most comfortable lay...better than any non-footbox style. I also bugged Brandon about this idea a while back. He heartlessly told me to just cut the netting off of a BB. I was deeply disturbed by that visual. I would pay $125-150 for a netless footboxed version. 1.7 or 1.1 DL.
What song is it you wanna hear?! FREEBIRD!!
If I hang here tomorrow, would you still remember me...
The lay of a Traveler wouldn't change any with the footbox. That has been explained many times...
“I think that when the lies are all told and forgot the truth will be there yet. It dont move about from place to place and it dont change from time to time. You cant corrupt it any more than you can salt salt.” - Cormac McCarthy
The timing on this thread is really excellent. I just got back from the maiden voyage of my newest DIY gathered end hammock. On the long drive home I was pondering why it wasn't as comfortable as my beloved BB.
So I was also thinking of a netless "Bird". I see now that that would NOT have any affect on comfort.
Okay......so what DO I do to get a more comfortable lay in my home-built? Is it the width of the material (IIRC, the BB and the Traveler are wider than most)? Is it how the the ends are gathered/tied? If so, what is the secret sauce?
And if this is a trade secret, please accept my apologies and don't tell me. I highly respect the time and effort that Brandon went through to develop his products and he deserves to be rewarded for it.
The road goes ever on and on Down from the door where it began. Now far ahead the Road has gone, And I must follow, if I can, Pursuing it with weary feet, Until it joins some larger way, Where many paths and errands meet. And whither then? I cannot say.
-Frodo Baggins, The Fellowship of the Ring