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    Alternative materials to nylon for a hammock

    Unfortunatly I had a little problem with my homemade hammock (read I ended up on the ground). But the good news is that I get to make another one. That got me thinking. What alternatives to ripstop nylon are there? I know there is a lot of talk about silk. I want to hold off on that one until I get everything else right. Plus it is about $7 a yard and only comes in white.

    I weigh 225 lbs and am 6'3" so I am going to need something comparable in strength to 1.9 oz ripstop.

    What are the HH made of?

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    Answered my own question. The HH are 70D nylon, 210D nylon, or 30D high Tenacity nylon.

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    Try a high thread count taffeta. say 210 or so. Ripstop polyester. Supplex works pretty good and is nice and soft. Most materials suitable for a hammock will be poly or nylon. I think HH mostly uses oxford and taffeta, both from nylon.

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    Do you think 70D nylon taffeta would be enough? On the HH website the hammocks made out of the 70D are rated up to 250 lbs. I am concerned about the weight. 210 is going to add a decent amount of weight. The Supplex on OWF set is 4.4 oz/yard. I little heavy for me.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Most likely if you hem the edges before trying it. Be sure its good quality material.

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    you also need to take into account the width of the HH using the 70d.

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    don't confuse Denier and thread count. They mean two diffrent things!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkwater View Post
    don't confuse Denier and thread count. They mean two diffrent things!
    Thanks, I knew I was missing something.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Arkwater View Post
    you also need to take into account the width of the HH using the 70d.
    Interesting, wouldn't a wider hammock distrubite the weight better. I was going to to leave it at 5' wide. I like the more width to roll around in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    Interesting, wouldn't a wider hammock distrubite the weight better. I was going to to leave it at 5' wide. I like the more width to roll around in.
    Thats what I was getting at. The HH are pretty wide.

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