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    UltraLight Ripstop

    So I found this link in another thread and was wondering about using some of the .75oz/yd ripstop for a lightweight tarp. Has anyone ordered this fabric from kite builder, it's pretty cheap and a DIY sil applied would still be under 1 oz/yd making for some inexpensive light weight gear....

    Not sure if I'd trust it for a hammock...Don't want to end up on the ground...

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    it is measured in sail maker's yds for weight. It is very similar to 1.1 in weight as I've heard. Also they tend to put a stiffening agent on kite fabric, not waterproof but not breathable, makes it kinda useless for many things. Doing the DIY sil might make a workable solution but that is yet to be seen. Lots of talk on BPL about it a few years back, not sure if there was much of a conclusion though sorry.

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    .5 OZ Ripstop from Sailrite

    I made this stuffsack from the .5 oz from Sailrite. It's crinkly and super-thin, but made a great lightweight sack. I suppose there are many uses for it if its limitations are taken into account.
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    Nice job on the stuff sack... Looks like the ripstop is on the larger size.. I like all the colors options that are avail... Whats the difference between sail maker yard and standard yardage...
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    Quote Originally Posted by kc7fys View Post
    I made this stuffsack from the .5 oz from Sailrite. It's crinkly and super-thin, but made a great lightweight sack. I suppose there are many uses for it if its limitations are taken into account.
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    Nice job on the stuff sack... Looks like the ripstop is on the larger size.. I like all the colors options that are avail... Whats the difference between sail maker yard and standard yardage...
    I picked up some of their dark blue closeout a few weeks back...it arrived just before the Halloween weekend.

    It is stiff and crinkly, and feels a bit lighter than 1.1 silnyl. I was going to see about using it for a test quilt, but it's way too crinkly for that. I figured I'd make a stuff sack and run it through the dryer with some tennis balls to see if that would soften it up (or ruin it) before I used it for anything else.

    Even with shipping, I got it for just under $3 a yard. So it was a minimal loss.

    ETA: This is what I got, but when I go it it was at $2.50 a yard. http://www.kitebuilder.com/catalog/p...2e15f54e9f6562

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    sailmaker's yard:
    An English/American unit of area for measuring the weight of sailcloth. It is 28.5 inches wide by 36 inches long. To say a piece of cloth is 6.5 ounce means a piece measuring 28.5" by 36" would weigh 6.5 ounces. This rather strange "yard" seems to be a remnant from the days when it was universally agreed that no one would ever be able to build a loom wider than 28.5 inches which would weave sail cloth. (Today 54 inches is common.)

    so... 28.5 x 36 inches versus a "true yard" which would be 36 x 36 inches

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    So if I'm not screwing up the math, the .75 oz sailmaker yard would be .95 oz per real square yard.

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    What I'm curious about, is i wonder if one could make a double layer hammock out of that .6oz polyester rip stop?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hulk View Post
    What I'm curious about, is i wonder if one could make a double layer hammock out of that .6oz polyester rip stop?
    You can "make" anything you want out of anything you want. The question is how "usable" would it be. I would think cuben would provide a better product if sheer weight was the sole criteria. Crinkly, stiff, narrow fabric is not what I would call a good hammock material.
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