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    Since its not ripstop, when it fails it will really fail hard! Somewhere on the web, some one made a hammock out of silk, sounded pretty good, (except no ripstop) I almost made one, and then happened to come across a hiking journal entry about the silk hammock failing (massive rip) on the 2nd day of a 2 week trip. Needless to say, the hiker was not happy! He spent the rest of his trip sleeping on the ground. I think the key word it "fail safe" !

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    Any updates?

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    Quote Originally Posted by stevebo View Post
    Since its not ripstop, when it fails it will really fail hard!
    Maybe not... it's a non-woven. It's hard to tear even when it's already torn.

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    I'd really like to hear about anyone's experiences, methods, lessons learned, etc. My son and I are debating on whether to create a pair of Tyvek hammocks and tarps for use during our monthly Boy Scout campouts. He's a Star scout and I'm an ASM. For the last several years I've used a way too heavy (but roomy) Eureka Tarragon dome tent and he uses a nice Eureka Spitfire UL tent.

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    I haven't made anything but large mailing envelopes with Tyvek. I've found that the needle punches a large hole, and thread looks like it is going to rip right through it; however, the USPS has failed to break open any of my packages. A couple of them have been re-used without a problem.

    When you stitch Tyvek, tape it first. That way, the needle goes through the tape and the Tyvek, and makes a seam or a hem that feels nice and strong. I use Gorilla tape on Tyvek seams.

    I think it is worth doing! Good luck!

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    RE: Pair of tyvek hammocks for sleepouts:

    Personally, I've used washed/softened tyvek (9x9 square) as a tarp shelter with great success. Given that Wally world has ripstop nylon at $1.50/yd, I'd save the Tyvek for a shelter or make Garlington insulators out of them...

    From a durability standpoint, I'd expect the whipping to slide off the end before the material failed.

    I've made bivy sacks from 3' wide tyvek and double-sided carpet tape with good results... Tyvek is amazing stuff...

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnSawyer View Post
    .... Given that Wally world has ripstop nylon at $1.50/yd, I'd save the Tyvek for a shelter or make Garlington insulators out of them......
    Your Wally World still has a fabric dept?!?!?!?!

    Consider yourself lucky.
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    Tyvek Hammock

    I made a single layer one two years ago only to have it fail in testing in the back yard.

    I made it Speer like, by knotting the ends and pulling a larks head loop around it with cord.

    It failed in about 15 minutes and failed spectacularly. One second I was comfortable, the next moment I was laying on the ground. No warning, instant failure.

    That's when I gave up on the idea.
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    ^^^Failed how? Did the knot pull out?
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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    Your Wally World still has a fabric dept?!?!?!?!

    Consider yourself lucky.
    There are advantages to living in a big city, but it did take me to 4 WW stores before I found what I was looking for... probably wasted more $$ in gas than just ordering the stuff online anyway...

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