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    Fleece Hammock

    Hey everyone! I'm looking at making my first DIY hammock for indoor use and I'm highly considering a mid wieght fleece. Has anyone tried this before and would it hold up to 200 lbs or more?

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    Scar

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    Hey scar9783, welcome to the forum! I think that fleece would stretch way too much to hold as a hammock. You might want to make a nylon hammock and then maybe line it with the fleece. Good luck with your project!


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    Quote Originally Posted by NCPatrick View Post
    Hey scar9783, welcome to the forum! I think that fleece would stretch way too much to hold as a hammock. You might want to make a nylon hammock and then maybe line it with the fleece. Good luck with your project!
    Yep, I can attest to that one.

    I tried this when I first started trying my hand at making my own hammocks. They stretch A LOT! Only way I could get the whipping to hold was to tie a knot. When I tried to do a standard whip, the fabric just pulled out of the whipping when the hammock was loaded.

    The double layer I made (ripstop outer, fleece inner) worked OK. Only issue was the fleece would occasionally bunch-up and create uncomfortable bumps. Fairly easy to flatten out from inside the hammock, but still a PITA. Even so, it was a comfortable hammock when the temps were in the 50s and 60s.
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    But..! Just a though..

    Make a DL hammock and between the two layers put the fleece but use spray glue to fasten it? That way the fleece wont move around and it will stay put??

    Could that work?


    I have a DD hammock that is DL, it sounds like a good idea to have a fleece liner in it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by scar9783 View Post
    Hey everyone! I'm looking at making my first DIY hammock for indoor use and I'm highly considering a mid wieght fleece. Has anyone tried this before and would it hold up to 200 lbs or more?

    Thanks,

    Scar

    Ever wear fleece pants? Mine are always stuck to the front of my hairy legs. But, if you turn out the lights Im sure the light show will be impressive

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ekul View Post
    Ever wear fleece pants? Mine are always stuck to the front of my hairy legs. But, if you turn out the lights Im sure the light show will be impressive
    I actually wear alot of fleece.

    Thanks to everyone for the input. I might just try the DL with spray glue, seems like that might work.

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    won't gluing fleece between the layers make that a permanent cold weather hammock? Not that there's anything wrong with having multiple hammocks to suit any kind of season. For living up north that does sound like a good idea, you'll be able to use it much more often than living somewhere like here.

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    Fleece is heavy for the insulation it provides. You want it for comfort, right?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Fleece is heavy for the insulation it provides. You want it for comfort, right?
    I guess the weight concern would only be relevant if you are a backpacker....if you're strictly a car camper then weight really only affects your gas mileage. I think my current homemade setup probably weighs around 4 or 5 pounds, with the horse shoe and tow strap suspension, but I haven't done any backpack camping in nearly 15 years. And even then I had a heavy tent. I haven't taken this new make out of the back yard yet.

    I plan on rectifying my current situation though...all in good time.

    good luck with your project.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MacEntyre View Post
    Fleece is heavy for the insulation it provides. You want it for comfort, right?
    Yes, comfort is the idea, I'm planning on making this hammock for at home use. I have a DIY ripstop hammock already and i get chilled at night due to the fluctuation in temps in my dorm room. I plan on using my other hammock for use when backpacking, it is only 1.8 lbs with straps and tarp.

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