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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobit View Post
    I love Cuben Fiber and will, someday, have a Cuben Fiber tarp. For now, I am using 0.6 oz. cuben exclusively for all my stuff sacks.

    Do you tape your stuff sacks or sew them?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tobit View Post
    I love Cuben Fiber and will, someday, have a Cuben Fiber tarp. For now, I am using 0.6 oz. cuben exclusively for all my stuff sacks.
    Where do you get your .6 cuben?
    My knife is so sharp it cut the sixth finger off my right hand! On the plus side, Inigo Montoya no longer hunts me.

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    All my stuff sacks are made by Joe Valesko. He sews them.

    http://zpacks.com/accessories/stuff_sacks.shtml

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    I wonder what the weight limit is for cuben fiber hammocks? Since i weigh over 200 pounds right now, i don't see one in my immediate future. Perhaps next year after some long hikes....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    Ohno for HF has a cuben fiber hammock and tarp. The stuff is really expensive. .....hmmm make a 5 oz hammock or feed a village in Africa. Hmmm make a 7 ounce tarp or help some 10 year old with cancer go to a ball game. Which should I do. Which should I do?
    It was neat to see Ohno's stuff because he had to pay for it.
    Geez Dutch what did I ever do to you? I buy certain fabric and I'm a bad guy?
    I've made a hammock out of $1/yard fabric for a total cost (including rope)
    of <$6. If I use your argument, is everyone, who pays more than $6 for a hammock, guilty of something to do with hunger in Africa? I think it would be
    less than kind to insinuate such a thing.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnatibuck View Post
    I'm intrigued by CF for a tarp, though I need to hone my fabrication skills before I go mucking-up $25/yd fabric.

    I don't know that it would be great for a hammock though. Does anyone know if it breathes or how it feels next to the skin?
    You used to be able (perhaps you still can) to buy CF material directly from
    the manufacture for between $14.50 & $16.50 a yard. The Cuben Fiber Corp.
    was bought by North Sails and the division is now called North Cuben Fiber , LLC.
    I have not dealt with them since the buyout.

    CF material is not breathable and as such I do not use a Cuben hammock in
    hot weather. If you sleep naked, I suspect it will feel like sleeping on Saran wrap.
    Last edited by Oh-No; 08-14-2008 at 08:58. Reason: clarity

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    Quote Originally Posted by jeffjenn View Post
    Where do you get your .6 cuben?
    Quest Outfitters has it, or you can try dealing directly with the manufacture.
    Dealing with the manufacture was often tedious and frustrating. Hopefully this has changed.

    CF is manufactured in 48" & 54" widths depending on the type of sailcloth you want.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hangingaround View Post
    I wonder what the weight limit is for cuben fiber hammocks? Since i weigh over 200 pounds right now, i don't see one in my immediate future. Perhaps next year after some long hikes....
    There are many "different" Cuben sailcloths made, each with its own weight holding capability. With the right sailcloth, 200+ lb. is no problem.
    I would talk to the folks at Cubic tech Corp.

    Office 480 924-3100

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    Would it be possible to sew an extra strip along the bottom center of the hammock to increase the weight capacity, or would the sewing holes weaken the strength of it all?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Coldspring View Post
    Would it be possible to sew an extra strip along the bottom center of the hammock to increase the weight capacity, or would the sewing holes weaken the strength of it all?
    Hmmmm, interesting question. I think it would work, but I would use tape instead of sewing. However I can't say that sewing wouldn't work.
    I would make sure the extra strip extended the entire length of the hammock
    and was incorporated into the gathered ends.

    It may be cheaper, easier, and lighter to get Cuben sailcloth of sufficient strength so as to eliminate the need for a reenforcing strip.

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