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  1. #21
    Senior Member Strung out's Avatar
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    Many thanks to everyone for the positive comments.

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    Very nice! Calculating from the weight, I figure you used between 22 and 23 linear feet of cuben. I'm most interested to learn how you calculated the size and shape of the bottom layer. Whatever you did, it looks great.

    Needless to say, construction details (bonded baffles rather than sewn?) desired, too.
    Calculating the size and shape of the bottom layer was a bit tricky.
    I used solid 3D modeling to get a rough idea of what it should look like.
    Then I hung the project at several stages during construction and verified some dimensions, and adjusted as necessary.

    All connections were made with 3M 9460 adhesive and primer.

    Quote Originally Posted by tdilf View Post
    Whoa, that is a nice piece - great looking work.
    I hope the hammock does not rip on you - like it did when Lawson was testing cuben hammocks.
    I know a few key details about that hammock.
    1. Lawson used the same weight cuben as me.
    2. Lawson looks to be a bigger guy than me, and he seemed happy enough with his own testing to nearly bring them to market.
    3. The guy who was testing the prototype that broke weighed 260# and it did not fail on the first hang.
    4. I weigh 150#

    I certainly am not selling this product. I simply hope that my testing proves that it is strong enough for myself.
    Another hiker has used a lighter weight cuben hammock on many trips and it has not failed for years.



    Quote Originally Posted by Violent Green View Post
    Very nice. A lot of work there. Looks like you taped the Karo baffles? Channeled ends?
    Ryan
    Yes, used the "tape" for everything including the baffles. Not quite sure what "Channeled ends" means. The quilt has a standing 3" border if that makes sense.

    Quote Originally Posted by Bomber View Post
    Speechless....... Very nicely thought out and executed
    Edit: How is the lay of the cuben?
    The lay is very comfortable. There is no "butt sag" where your rear makes a deep impression into the hammock. No tight creases digging into a leg or anything either.

    Quote Originally Posted by Fronkey View Post
    Please bring that to the northern hang! If only to bring it to the last night's campsite so we can all see it. That thing looks amazing dude and I'm sure all of us would want to see it. I'll probably put that in my video too. Really awesome job!
    Fronkey
    I'll be bringing it up north for sure.
    Hoping this thing is usable near 30 degrees.
    I'll try it in the backyard this Friday at about 38 degrees.

    Quote Originally Posted by BER View Post
    I'm probably missing the obvious, but how do you compress the air out of the down when you pack your hammock.
    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    Others beat me to expressions of admiration. Nice job!

    BER beat me to the key question...how does this compress...or not?

    I've built a nearly-all-cuben Karo step UQ but put in endcaps of 1.1 fabric to let air in and out. It inflates itself without an assist. There's a fellow who sells an all Cuben overquilt and puts air valves in them.
    I haven't seen your quilt yet, but I will take a look.
    The enlightened equipment quilts were certain good fuel for this fire!
    Currently mine has only one small opening hemmed with netting.
    I have a much better plan, but had to seal this thing up and try it after several days of working on it.
    I will operate on it some more over the next few weeks.

    Quote Originally Posted by taylo166 View Post
    I like it. One question.
    1. This can't pack down very well can it?
    Cuben will get softer the more you handle it though.
    Here it is stuffed


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    Well done. Thanks for taking time to answer all our questions. I think you'll be warm at 32°. You may be too warm at 38°.

  3. #23
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    Whoooooooooooooooo Buddy. Looking forward to a Minnesota Chill Night briefing.
    You did a fantastic job on that piece of gear.
    Shug
    Whooooo Buddy)))) All Good in the Backwood Hood.

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    re

    I had a hammock from CT2k.08 for a while and had no problems. I weigh 205lbs for what it's worth. It was 11'x4'.
    Be careful when stuffing it into the stuff sack, I've heard of some instances where bonded baffles peeled due to the mechanical force used when stuffing. Probably little chance of that happening, but man it would suck on such a nice piece of gear.

    Ryan

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    i'm a bit slow at the moment and i struggled with your post at first, especially with what the hell i was looking at.

    but now i get it.

    very neat. i've often wondered why this concoction wasn't more popular with you northern lights.

    it looks great to me. i suspect you could vent through the top and therefore use it well into the high 50's or higher?

    impressive. saves you lots of trouble, i wager.

    cheers,

    sv-

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    Quote Originally Posted by Strung out View Post
    I'll be bringing it up north for sure.
    Hoping this thing is usable near 30 degrees.
    I'll try it in the backyard this Friday at about 38 degrees.
    Awesome dude! We'll get some good video of that baby for everyone to see. Again, great job!

    Fronkey

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    WOW! Nuff said.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Joey View Post
    Oh-no had a cuben tarp and didn't like the stiffness of it.
    Actually I had (have) a Cuben tarp (0.58 oz. material) that I made into a double
    layer hammock. I liked it but I move around a lot when I sleep
    and I started to get abrasion holes in the "mylar".
    The fibers didn't break but the holes kept getting bigger,
    so I turned the hammock back into a tarp.
    Patching the holes was easy.

    I hope you make out better with your more robust (.74oz/sq yd ) cuben than I.
    If it holds up well to abrasion, I be very tempted to make another one.
    Last edited by Oh-No; 09-29-2011 at 05:42.

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    Great looking piece of gear, and cutting edge innovative, as always, here on HF.

    Will be watching with much interest on the temp performance and abrasion
    Life's A Journey
    It's not to arrive safely at the grave in a well preserved body,
    But rather to skid in sideways, totally worn out, shouting,
    Woo Hoo!....What a Ride!

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    Great job SO. A fantastic idea well executed.
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