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    Material Comparisons for Bug Nets

    Hello forum,

    I just got in some material to make a DIY bug net for my gathered end, 1.1 DL. I ordered from Mosquito Curtains their toughest netting, wide enough to cover my hammock end to end, and long enough to make a few extra nets. (123" by 13' was $78, and the package feels like it weighed about 5 pounds...) http://www.mosquitocurtains.com/home...o-netting.html

    This stuff came in yesterday, and I tell you, it is tough enough to make a trampoline out of it, it should stop dive bombers! It cuts pretty easy with scissors, and I stitched a rolled hem with a zigzag stitch. It didn't seem necessary for durability, as the website claims you can't tear it from the raw edge...

    It is definitely not lightweight, but the piece I am using should be packable and definitely durable. My intentions are for a bug net that goes end to end, over the ridgeline, and gathers underneath using shock cord, or other methods.

    I apologize for no pictures, but when my kids get back from camp, I can get them to do the photos, as they are more technically inclined.

    The other material I am using is this stuff that comes in a package, Cabin Creek Mosquito Netting, 48" by 72". (Sort of a polyester gossamer) Right now they are sold out, but I have two in hand and one more on the way to stitch together and see how it works. http://www.sportsmansguide.com/net/cb/cb.aspx?a=742705

    This material is the total opposite of the mosquito curtain material, it is OD, which will better match my ACU ripstop hammock, very lightweight, and should be easy to sew. It is definitely more cheaper, as that is my purpose with going DIY I have some concerns about breathability, and the durability. If it ever touches the ground, or a tree, or velcro, (or gets hit by a dive bomber) I am afraid it might snag.

    Do any others have experiences with using either of this material? I will try and post pictures and finished results later. By the way, the wife saw the mosquito curtains, and wants me to make a sun shade for the west side of the house with the leftovers!

    Take it easy,

    gmcpcs

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    You have my interest piqued with the underside shockcord, I'm trying to picture the design in my head. Keep us posted on how that works out, and designs if it does. I'd like to have one like that myself considering I am stationed in Guam and would like to ward off bugs with a cool bugnet like that.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fish<>< View Post
    You have my interest piqued with the underside shockcord, I'm trying to picture the design in my head. Keep us posted on how that works out, and designs if it does. I'd like to have one like that myself considering I am stationed in Guam and would like to ward off bugs with a cool bugnet like that.
    Take a look at the stickies for the Fronkey Bug Net. He runs a channel along the bottom perimeter and runs shock cord through it to cinch the bugnet up to the bottom of the hammock.

    Cheers

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    Netting materials vary greatly as you have discovered.

    The most common one used by DIY folks weighs 1.0 oz/sy and is plenty tough for any backpacking trip and it's pretty cheap at less than $4 per yard.

    There is a lighter netting sold by thru-hiker and by outdoor wilderness fabrics that weighs 0.7 oz/sy and is still durable enough for all but a scout troop.

    Lighter still is tulle at 0.33 oz/sy. This stuff is fragile at best and suited only to ultralight hikers that are used to babying their gear. Also 90% of tulle sold isn't even that good - "fashion tulle" from JoAnn Fabrics is the only suitable one that I have found. Consider this material somewhat disposable.
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    +1 on the fashion tulle. It is great stuff, but isn't great in no-see-um country. I use it for all my sewn-in bugnets.
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    +1 on the fashion tulle. I needed it quickly, so I went to JoAnn Fabrics and made my Fronkey bug net in a couple of hours. So far I have had no durability issues. I have 7 nights using it with the last 5 over a patch of wild raspberries (prickers). The net got caught on them almost every night, but I knew they were there so I was gentle in handling. I have had no tearing so far. It was great to wake up to the whine of a mossie in my ear and turned my head to see him outside desperately trying to get in.

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    I really like this ... .7 oz/sq.yd .. http://www.zpacks.com/materials.shtml
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