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    Supplex stretch

    I'm planning on making a gathered end hammock for winter and using supplex for the fabric if I can find some at a good price. My only concern is if this fabric will stretch substantially.

    Also, would a dual layer be any warmer than a single layer or would the difference be so insignificant that one couldn't really tell the difference?

    I know there are lighter fabrics, but I'm more interested in durability and strength for this hammock than weight.
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    I've been looking at using a similar Invista fabric for a hammock, Tactel as its very hard wearing, wicking and very comfy. I believe their properties are quite similar.

    I posted a thread on here about it but didn't get too much response, so I got some info from the vendor. The Tactel I inquired about had no stretch and weighed 140g/sqm or around 4 oz/sqyd-it was very cheap from Ebay in olive green.

    My opinion is that the second layer won't add a large amount of extra warmth but does provide some backup if a rip occurs in the hammock. I've not noticed much difference in warmth between single/double layers but thats with windproof fabric, YMMV.

    I doubt Supplex is windproof but thats just a guess.

    I'm interested as to what you dig up about this stuff

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    I've used Supplex from Questoutfitters for winter hammocks. It stretches less than 1.9 oz. ripstop, which in turn stretches a lot less than 1.1 oz. ripstop. I don't think you need a double layer of it. I recently bought a pair of Marmot pants because they were Supplex, and I think they are lighter in weight than the stuff I used for my hammocks, so it may come in different grades.

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    Quote Originally Posted by turnerminator View Post

    I doubt Supplex is windproof but thats just a guess.

    I'm interested as to what you dig up about this stuff
    I have a shirt made of supplex and it is not windproof. I'd rather the hammock body not be windproof. I'll take care of that with my insulation.

    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    I've used Supplex from Questoutfitters for winter hammocks. It stretches less than 1.9 oz. ripstop, which in turn stretches a lot less than 1.1 oz. ripstop. I don't think you need a double layer of it. I recently bought a pair of Marmot pants because they were Supplex, and I think they are lighter in weight than the stuff I used for my hammocks, so it may come in different grades.
    I'll keep an eye out for different grades.

    Thanks for the input. I appreciate it. More studying to do...
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    Here is another source for supplex/taslan. Look near the bottom of the page. These folks have been my main supplier of DIY materials for many years. Good people to deal with ...
    http://www.owfinc.com/Fabrics/NylonW...Taslan/Supplex

    I have also bought from Quest Outfitters and had good service there also. Here is their link. Look about 1/2 way down the page for supplex...
    http://www.questoutfitters.com/uncoa...coated Fabrics
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    Thanks for the links!
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