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    Talking First hammock completed!

    I am pleased to report finishing my first hammock. Thank you to the forum for all your support while I figured all this out...

    The result:

    9.5' X 5'
    25 oz

    Body: 13 oz.
    Support rope: 1.25 oz.
    Ridgeline: 1.25 oz.
    Carabiners: 4.5 oz.
    Webbing: 6 oz.

    I made it out of fabric from Wally, which I determined was about 2 oz/yd. I used the full 5' width because I didn't want to cut the entire length of the hammock.

    The hardest part was pinning the entire thing, but I don't want to think about what my rolled hem would have looked like about halfway through if I would have done it by hand...It was bad enough as it is!

    I was a bit unhappy with the finished weight being 25 oz. I will probably cut the body down a bit, or make one out of lighter material, or both next time...but for now, I am pretty pleased with this first effort...
    Last edited by Narwhalin; 03-20-2008 at 09:19.

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    Senior Member NCPatrick's Avatar
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    Whooohooo. Congratulations!


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    Good job! Glad it went well for you!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Narwhalin View Post
    I am pleased to report finishing my first hammock. Thank you to the forum for all your support while I figured all this out...

    The result:

    9.5' X 5'
    25 oz

    Body: 13 oz.
    Support rope: 1.25 oz.
    Ridgeline: 1.25 oz.
    Carabiners: 4.5 oz.
    Webbing: 6 oz.

    I made it out of fabric from Wally, which I determined was about 2 oz/yd. I used the full 5' width because I didn't want to cut the entire length of the hammock.

    The hardest part was pinning the entire thing, but I don't want to think about what my rolled hem would have looked like about halfway through if I would have done it by hand...It was bad enough as it is!

    I was a bit unhappy with the finished weight being 25 oz. I will probably cut the body down a bit, or make one out of lighter material, or both next time...but for now, I am pretty pleased with this first effort...
    Congratulations. A pound and a half is not bad at all for the comfort you get. I don't see bugnet in your set up, that will add more, but still...

    Looking at your list the easiest places to trim weight is on the suspension. Costs $$ though. Use the 1" poly camo webbing from owc for tree-hugger replacements, either tie the suspension to these w/o extra hardware or put a single SMC ring on each to avoid abrasion. Lightweight strong suspension cord. Maybe 4 oz total for that stuff. Just a back of the envelope...

    Not saying it's needed mind you or even desired. Just pointing out where your biggest opportunity for weight reduction is likely to be.

    Grizz

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    Quote Originally Posted by GrizzlyAdams View Post
    Congratulations. A pound and a half is not bad at all for the comfort you get. I don't see bugnet in your set up, that will add more, but still...

    Looking at your list the easiest places to trim weight is on the suspension. Costs $$ though. Use the 1" poly camo webbing from owc for tree-hugger replacements, either tie the suspension to these w/o extra hardware or put a single SMC ring on each to avoid abrasion. Lightweight strong suspension cord. Maybe 4 oz total for that stuff. Just a back of the envelope...

    Not saying it's needed mind you or even desired. Just pointing out where your biggest opportunity for weight reduction is likely to be.

    Grizz

    Grizz, it is like you were reading my mind! I was going to ask how to reduce weight, besides the size of the hammock! Thank you for the suggestions...I will look into that stuff.

    I am actually interested in going to this:

    http://www.tothewoods.net/HomemadeGe...eSupports.html
    (Jeff's Ring Buckle)

    I could not find the rings at my local climbing store, so I will have to order them from somewhere online, I guess.

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