I'm looking to make my first hammock (probably a gathered end) but need to think carefully about materials since I'm 6'1" and 325#. It'll be used one weekend campout per month year-round in Florida so I want it to hold up but also be compact and light enough to carry for regular hiking and canoeing trips (I'm a scoutmaster). I've been using a fairly bulky 8'x8' tent for years that I've never weighed but would guess comes in at 8# or so.
What are your fabric recommendations? I've been leaning toward something along the following lines but don't know if it's overkill or not, especially since I estimate finished weight to be about 5# (18oz/yd x 4yds + rope/etc.):
White Widow Spectra Ripstop - "This is a 500 denier nylon with a Spectra carbon filter ripstop reinforcement woven into the fabric. Superior strength while still very light weight. Perfect for projects that need to be strong and light at the same time. The white carbon fiber ripstop grid gives this fabric a unique look and an ample coating makes it nice and waterproof."