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    How important is ripstop?

    Seems like a really good deal for camo nylon, wondering what this might be good for? It's not ripstop, so might not be best for hammocks, what do you all think? At this price should be good for something.

    http://shop.vtarmynavy.com/shared/St...utmk=123393291

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    I don't know why everyone considers ripstop so critical to hammock bodies. 70D would be about 1.9 oz/yd. Should be fine. Lots of commercial hammocks are made from normal nylon broadcloth, not ripstop.
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    We'll see, I ordered some. If nothing else I can make stuff sacks or practice hemming

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    I have a "parachute" hammock, made by Beyer of Maine that is something like 1.1oz/yd NON-ripstop. It holds my 220lb bulk, no problem... It still makes me nervous, though!
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    Ripstop is nice, it does have advantages, but it is definitely not required. I would even venture to say that most commercial hammocks are not made with ripstop.
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    Got my fabric today from Barre's, pretty nice stuff. Digital woodland camo pattern, here's a pic. I'll try to turn this into something resembling a hammock this weekend...5 yards was $24 with shipping.


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    Cool Jim!

    I may have to place an order and tell them you sent me!

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    Jim, could you give me the sku# of this from the Barre site, I'm having trouble finding it. Also do you have a weight on this fabric?
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    My blackbird is taffeta. Ripstop isn't needed at all, and I think it flexes/stretches different than broadcloth and taffeta.

    Jim, I'm interested to see what you do with that material and how you like it.

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    It's called Cadpat Nylon cloth, here's the SKU #: cmm-7951

    I hate how Barre's web site is set up, really hard to find and then refind stuff! I get e-mails from them, that's how I found out about this.

    I have a hammock almost complete from this, making a Hennessy clone. Only have to sew the end pockets together and put on the side tieout straps.

    Not sure if I like this stuff or not, I'll get a weight on it when I'm done. It's real easy to work with though when I was rolling the hem it kept growing for some reason. I would say much easier to work with than ripstop, not quite as slick.

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