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    stronger fabric

    I have been thinking of a project that will require my hammock to be made from something stronger than rip-stop. Although I would still like to keep the weight down I know it will be heavier than 1.9 per yard. I would also like to have the same properties of not stretching much. Oh and if it comes in camouflage that would be a plus to. I was looking at Cordura , and I think it is the best choice for being abrasive resistant.

    Does anyone know of something better than Cordura?
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    for a hammock, you will probably much prefer a slick nylon. you can slide around easier and it feels good to your skin.

    i wouldn't want one made of cordura or anything with a texture like that for a hammock. that includes supplex/taslan

    you can get nylon taffeta a little heavier than 1.9 ripstop.

    also consider just using two layers of 1.1 or 1.9 or one of each. this should give you plenty of strength.

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    What Warbonnet said....

    Cordura (and other texturized nylons) are generally optimized for wear and feel rather than for pure strength. Yes they come much heavier but thats not really what you want.

    The other option is something like plain uncoated 210D (210 denier) nylon... It'll be heavier and stronger... But since a 1.9-2.0 oz nylon easily holds 2 people at over 350 lbs I can't imagine why you'd need MORE than that...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rapt View Post
    But since a 1.9-2.0 oz nylon easily holds 2 people at over 350 lbs I can't imagine why you'd need MORE than that...

    My bet, dynamic forces.

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    Welllll....

    I've done the "dynamic forces test with two people and had no issues...
    The whipping even held up.

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    reading the requirements

    If the she-Frolicking dino were here, she's be flailing her tail around !

    Let's look carefully at Dutch's requirements...
    a) low stretch
    b) camo
    c) abrasion resistant

    me-thinks he has something other than physics experiments in mind.

    I'd think the heavier weight untreated nylon would be the ticket. If it's rough to the skin you can bring along a silk bag liner to slip into.

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    Hunting platform???

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    i don't like the 210d oxford nylon either, it's better than cordura and supplex, but still not as comfy as ripstop or eno fabric.

    but you could always use whatever you needed (strengthwise), and just cover the sleeping side with 1.1R.

    what are you needing all this extra strength for by the way?

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    I was just wondering why it seems only various types of nylon are being discussed and not other fabrics, especially since one of the requirements is "not stretching much". Anyone tried different fabrics (other than silk)?

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    I've used bed sheet material (cotton) and made some very comfy hangs. I attempted a hammock made from a Mexican Blanket (the good ones, not the street vendor models). I had a very difficult time getting my machine to go thru the folded material and cordage, so I scrubbed the experiment. I was going for a Brazilian style hang with that one. I need a bigger & badder sewing machine, or more patience. My money is on the machine option.

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