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    Uncoated -vs- DWR

    I need a bit of basic hammock 101 advice here, gang. I was curious about whether there is a big difference in ripstop that is uncoated versus ripstop that is DWR. Does one make a better hammock than the other? Possibly more durable? Does anyone have info or an opinion what want to share on this? Thanx up front!
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    IMHO, the only advantage that your get with DWR when used for making a hammock is a small amount of wind protection and the ability to repel water. You give up some breathability. I don't really think it would make the hammock any stronger.
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    I don't think it matters much. The beathable is great in hot weather or when you have an oder. Your bottom insulation will block the wind anyways.
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    I'v got to get use to all the abrevation what does dwr stand for

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    Durable Water Repellent

    Its the finish used on fabrics (especially waterproof breathable ones where the term originated) that makes the water bead up and run off. The idea is it keeps the water from wetting the surface so the membrane that makes it waterproof can still breathe...

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    We probably need to update this with more acronyms... but here's a list that's helpful...


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    the dwr that comes on some fabric from the factory is just a treatment, it does not effect wind resistance or breathability, it just repels water better until it wears off, then you can reapply with an aftermarket wash-in dwr treatment. just pour the specified amount into the washer with whatever you want to treat.

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    ...reapply with an aftermarket wash-in dwr treatment. just pour the specified amount into the washer with whatever you want to treat.
    OH! My wife would so NOT be happy with me if I did that...


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    She'd never know... It'd be gone after the wash cycle...

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    I'll take your word for it.


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