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    Quote Originally Posted by nailer View Post
    two weeks ago went to the US and casually found a Joannīs fabrics store, so I asked for the ripstop nylon. It was as expensive as I had seen in the net, but didnīt look like the fabric of the Skeeter Beeter Pro I had just bought. Or more correctly said, the Skeeter Beeter fabric didnīt look like this ripstop. Besides of being less heavy, it doesnīt show the chekered trheads I saw on Joannīs, but looked almost exactly like the nylon of my swimsuit shorts.
    So, is this parachute silk ripstop or not? Or could I take my swimsuit to a fabrics store and ask for a simmilar material to make a tarp or hammock?
    You probably want to request polyester or nylon taffeta. That's what many commercial hammocks are made of. I don't know about the skeeter beeter for sure but what is commonly referred to as "parachute silk nylon" is most likely a light weight nylon taffeta. Taffeta is a weave pattern that comes in a variety of weights and a variety of fiber contents.
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    I have purchase the Joann fabric ripstop material and after it is washed or has been used several times. What seems water resistant before it's used goes away. I made a prototype tent stuff sack. to make sure my measurements and plan was in-line, before i used the good material. I recently tested it for waterproofness and it dripped water verry quickly.

    This material would work very well for a hammock.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    You probably want to request polyester or nylon taffeta. That's what many commercial hammocks are made of. I don't know about the skeeter beeter for sure but what is commonly referred to as "parachute silk nylon" is most likely a light weight nylon taffeta. Taffeta is a weave pattern that comes in a variety of weights and a variety of fiber contents.
    Thanks for the info. Yes indeed, it is advertised like parachute silk nylon. Anyway it is rated to 400 lbs instead of the other Skeeter Beeter model, made of polyester, that is rated to 200 lbs. So far has supported my weight quite well.
    And how well suited is this fabric for a tarp? Hope is less expensive too.
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    im going to Joann's Fabric and Crafts tomorrow in Deptford NJ. want ripstop for a hammock. should i assume its 1.9. any little tests i could do.
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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    im going to Joann's Fabric and Crafts tomorrow in Deptford NJ. want ripstop for a hammock. should i assume its 1.9. any little tests i could do.
    If you have a known sample of 1.9 bring it with you. The people at JoAnn's usually can't tell you more than what is on the label on the end of the bolt. What I have seen in Joann's in Ripstop should work fine for a hammock. I've made a couple from fabric from them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kayak karl View Post
    im going to Joann's Fabric and Crafts tomorrow in Deptford NJ. want ripstop for a hammock. should i assume its 1.9. any little tests i could do.
    All the ripstop I've ever bought at JoAnn's weighed in at ~1.7oz/sq.yd.


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    They only list one type of ripstop on their site, and I've only seen that in the stores... I'd trust Jerry's scale.

    Regardless, I've made several hammocks from the stuff, and much lighter material (1.1) holds up my 215# bulk with no issues.
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    thanks guys, im syked now.
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    Is Polyester Taffeta cheaper than Ripstop or is it just preference?

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    Joann's ripstop is now $7.99/yd. various polyesters are as little as $4, I think, for "lining" material. The Polyester taffeta I used for one kid hammock was $5/yd but quite heavy... and comfortable...

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