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    First Gathered-End DIY

    I am planing on building my first hammock. I have made a list of supplies from DIY Gear Supply. I am 5'8" and 165 lbs. at my heaviest. I am purchasing;

    1.9oz Ripstop Nylon (Black) 3yds.
    1″ Polyester Webbing (Black) 12ft for tree hugers.
    Amsteel Blue (7/64", Black) 20ft for whoopie slings.

    Am I forgetting something?
    Any suggestions will be appreciated.

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    It looks good but at your weight you could choose a lighter weight material and cut out some ounces on the trail. I am near your weight and use 1.1 and 1.5. Also, as a matter of comfort (my opinion!) some extra length might be nice. Something between 10.5 and 11 ft would be super comfy and if in a lighter material, would offset the added length! Maybe even some extra fabric for a bishop bag!

    And to even out at some 6ft whoopies, purchase about 25 ft of amsteel (not necessary though).
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    I am planning a new hammock also and that looks like my list, except I included the thread. Be sure you do NOT use cotton thread, you will probably regret it later (cotton soaks up the moisture and also decomposes faster).

    I was thinking about using 1.1 ripstop (10.5'-11').
    I figured it would hold my 150lbs but then I started to realize that my 1.9 hammock has a slight chill under it with even a slight breeze. So the question I have is:

    Will I need to add a 2nd layer, for a pad, right away or even have an underquilt almost all year long?

    I was planning to add the 2nd layer (1.1) down the road (baby steps) but would I be better off just starting off with a 1.9, considering the weight of a thin UQ/Pad?

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    I agree with dragon that you should go with more on the length. Since it's by the yard anyway, you'd be better off going with 4 yards of fabric. Make your hammock about 11 feet to start with, and if you think that's too long, you can always cut it shorter. (But you can't make it longer!)

    Same with the whoopie slings, with only 10 feet of amsteel to use for each sling, they could only be about 4.5 feet at their longest.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachBumb View Post
    I was thinking about using 1.1 ripstop (10.5'-11').
    I figured it would hold my 150lbs but then I started to realize that my 1.9 hammock has a slight chill under it with even a slight breeze. So the question I have is:

    Will I need to add a 2nd layer, for a pad, right away or even have an underquilt almost all year long?

    I was planning to add the 2nd layer (1.1) down the road (baby steps) but would I be better off just starting off with a 1.9, considering the weight of a thin UQ/Pad?
    1.1 will be perfectly fine to hold your weight, and any weight fabric will get a chill under it.

    As far as pad vs. underquilt, that's up to your personal preference and budget. I've used a pad just fine in a single layer hammock, it just moves around a bit in the night. I recently purchased an Incubator to replace the pad and the difference is amazing. So, yes, you will need some sort of back insulation. But, no, you don't need a second layer on your hammock to do it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragon360 View Post
    Something between 10.5 and 11 ft would be super comfy and if in a lighter material, would offset the added length!
    Quote Originally Posted by Rampant View Post
    I agree with dragon that you should go with more on the length.

    Same with the whoopie slings, with only 10 feet of amsteel to use for each sling, they could only be about 4.5 feet at their longest.
    4yds of 1.1 rip-stop
    50ft of amsteel (25 per)

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    marlin spikes or rated biners for hooking the straps to the whoopies.

    my hammock gear weights total: 2430g (~86oz)
    Winter: total 2521 (~89oz)
    (see my profile for detailed weights)

    gram counter, not gram weenie!

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    Just to be clear, I think they are only recommending 25' Amsteel. A 6' sling is double that length plus a little for the fixed loop, 1 end has a fixed loop, the other end grows and shrinks. So 6' up one side of the loop + 6' back down + some for the fixed end loop.

    Someone please confirm this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BeachBumb View Post
    ...Someone please confirm this.
    You're correct, but I'd order 100' of amsteel. You can always use more.

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    I wholeheartedly agree on buying 4 yards of fabric. The longer a hammock is, the more comfortable it is. If I were your height, I would go with 10.5 feet finished length. Add hems and whipping length to that.

    You can make your suspension using 25' of Amsteel but like others alluded to, it sure is fun stuff to play with. It's kinda of like Play-dough for adults
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