Been reading the forum for a couple of weeks and have decided I want to give hammocks a try. The ease of use and comfort factor are persusive arguments. I've made gear before and have a great sewing machine, so I'm ready to purchase supplies for my first hammock. I'd like some input into my shopping list before I order, just so I don't have to wait on something I overlooked. There's a few questions I have as well tossed in.
(FIY: I'm 6'2", 160lbs)
hammock material: 1.9 uncoated ripstop -- 4yds
suspension: 7/64 amsteel whoopie slings -- ???? how much length to make my own??
1" webbing for tree huggers -- 4-5' long each
I'm still not exactly sure what dimension of ripstop to start with. I've seen varying sizes, none of which from someone exactly my size. Would 11' be a good starting point? I plan on doing a gathered end hammock for starters.
If I like hanging, then I will add a bugnet since we've got plenty of bugs around here. Any thoughts on velcro vs. zipper attachment? I'd like to be able to remove it for bugless seasons.
I need a little more guidance on structural ridgelines. They seem to be a pretty smart idea. Pros and cons?
Thanks for the input. And thanks to all who've posted their how-to's and pictures. I've learned a lot already.