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    Senior Member GREEN THERAPY's Avatar
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    zipper closure for top loading hammock

    On my second attempt at hammock making I have used velcro to close the bug net. I was wondering if anyone had made one using a zipper and how well it worked. The zipper I have is one that dosen't lock and am wondering if it will stay closed while tossing and turning sleeping during the nite.

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    I used a zipper on my HH clone. It has worked well so far. I used the zipper from a cheap $10 sleeping bag from Target.
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    I'm currently making a HH Clone. I'll be using velcro on 1 side and a zipper (like HC4u mentioned) for the other side. The zipper will be on the same side as my head because I believe it will be easier to open and close to access stuff on the ground than the velcro. I finished the hammock body last night and took a few pics. As soon as I can download them from the camera I'll post them.
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    You can order a "build your own" or a stock zipper from Quest Outfitters. They're not that expensive. I think my bug bivvy's 96" #5 coil zipper with two reversable zipper pulls was just a little over 5 dollars. I put the pulls on myself, not hard at all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    You can order a "build your own" or a stock zipper from Quest Outfitters. They're not that expensive. I think my bug bivvy's 96" #5 coil zipper with two reversable zipper pulls was just a little over 5 dollars. I put the pulls on myself, not hard at all.

    Just an fyi.
    Thanks, I may check into those for future hammocks. Right now I'm just going to rob them from a couple $10 fleece bags I have that don't get used anymore. I may even try to convert the zipperless fleece bags to UQ and top quilts for warmer weather.
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    Quote Originally Posted by stoikurt View Post
    Thanks, I may check into those for future hammocks. Right now I'm just going to rob them from a couple $10 fleece bags I have that don't get used anymore. I may even try to convert the zipperless fleece bags to UQ and top quilts for warmer weather.
    I just bought one of those fleece bags at Target last night with plans to do the same thing. I have no use for the zipper if anybody wants it, they can have it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    You can order a "build your own" or a stock zipper from Quest Outfitters. They're not that expensive. I think my bug bivvy's 96" #5 coil zipper with two reversable zipper pulls was just a little over 5 dollars. I put the pulls on myself, not hard at all.

    Just an fyi.
    That's what I put on mine. I cut mine to 6 feet. The 8 foot length was just so long.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FanaticFringer View Post
    That's what I put on mine. I cut mine to 6 feet. The 8 foot length was just so long.
    Looks good!


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    Zipper top loading

    Thanks for the imput everyone. I have finished two since I originally posted my question. I have put zippers on both of them and they work great. The one before those two I used velcro on and yes there is a problem with bunching, but it still works fine.
    A tip for finding zippers cheap is to try a local upholstery shop. The one here has been cutting and selling me 8 foot lengths of zipper with a double pull closure for under 6 dollars. Number 5 zipper is the size. Daughter and I went for a river hike wed with an overnite and I took my latest built hammock. Have posted a few pics in the gallery. Not sure if it will work but will post a pic of the hammock and a close up of the slip knot that I use to tension the hammock. Wondering if anyone else has tried that method and has a horror story to share as to why they abandoned using it.

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    Last try for an attachment pic

    mabe this time? As a further point of interest to this method, I weigh 205 and have given it the "bounce" test as well as having marked the rope the slider was on and have not seen it slip yet.
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