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    Which fabric should i choose?

    I am more concerned about comfort then weight...

    That being said I don't want it to weigh a ton either...

    What is the more top of the line fabrics out there to consider when sewing your own hammock?

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    Good ol' ripstop nylon is terrific. You want breathable fabric...
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    1.7 or does it get heavier?

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    also, I am only about 170#... I just want something that will lay as flat as possible and not stretch to bad... Also, at my weight would there be any point in DL?

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    A lot of diy hammocks are made with 1.9oz ripstop. Really no reason for the dbl layer at your weight in terms of strength. A reason to use a dbl layer could be for bug protection or if your planning on using a pad instead of an underquilt.
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    I prefer polyester taffeta to the ripstop. Some folks are using polyester microfiber with great results. I think the polyester feels nicer on the skin than the ripstop. IMO the ripstop pattern is irrelevant for hammock beds. It was developed as a garment fabric, not a weight bearing fabric. I can tear the ripstop by hand if the selvage is cut first. So IMO taffeta is the way to go for the most comfort without sacrificing safety.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    I prefer polyester taffeta to the ripstop. Some folks are using polyester microfiber with great results. I think the polyester feels nicer on the skin than the ripstop. IMO the ripstop pattern is irrelevant for hammock beds. It was developed as a garment fabric, not a weight bearing fabric. I can tear the ripstop by hand if the selvage is cut first. So IMO taffeta is the way to go for the most comfort without sacrificing safety.
    Very good point... I am going to have to take that into consideration...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dblcorona View Post
    A lot of diy hammocks are made with 1.9oz ripstop. Really no reason for the dbl layer at your weight in terms of strength. A reason to use a dbl layer could be for bug protection or if your planning on using a pad instead of an underquilt.
    I am thinking of sewing an extra pocket style layer like on the Clark's...
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    I really like the 1.5 nylon from DIY Gear Supply (formerly Backwoods Daydreamer). It supports my 190# with absolutely no problems and stuffs up very light and small. Its become my favorite hammock body material.

    He's also a great guy to work with and a active forum member.
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    Thanks I have been checking out the site and will Def buy from there. Do you know how much heavier to 1.9 is to the 1.5? I just Def do not want it to stretchout... I don't mind a few more ounces is its more comfortable...
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