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    Ripstop nylon---------

    I am about to try my hand at a DIY hammock and want to go with as lightweight a fabric as possible. The problem is i weigh 250 lbs and would like this to last me without catistrophic failure. My question to you fine folks is, what is the lightest weight ripstop i can go with, and still be safe ? Thanks for your help.

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    I am going to go with a double layer of 1.9 ripstop when I make my hammock.

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    I weigh 260.

    I just made one from supplex nylon: 2.5 oz/yd. I used it a couple of weekends ago very successfully. A bit heavier, but I'm not a frequent backpacker.

    I just hemmed the edges, whipped the ends with amsteel, hung with polypro straps. Worked very nicely.

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    I have used a single layer of 1.9 ripstop nylon from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics with no issues and I am at 300. But I did make myself a double layer out of the same material, just to be onthe safe side!!!!!!!!!!
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    260 here and I use 1.9 single layer. No issues at all. I see no need to go double layer or thicker material. I'm out camping roughly once/month.

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    I'm 285 and have had no issues using a single layer 1.9. I also have a dbl layer 1.5.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bigbamaguy View Post
    I have used a single layer of 1.9 ripstop nylon from Outdoor Wilderness Fabrics with no issues and I am at 300. But I did make myself a double layer out of the same material, just to be onthe safe side!!!!!!!!!!
    Quote Originally Posted by scum View Post
    260 here and I use 1.9 single layer. No issues at all. I see no need to go double layer or thicker material. I'm out camping roughly once/month.
    I am also currently looking into making my first hammock and would like to go single layer as well. Can anyone attest to the sustained durability of a single layer as opposed to a double layer for us bigger fellas? (I tip the scales at around 230 myself)

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    I like the feel of supplex a lot. I use it for abrasion resistance (read: "dog toenails"). For a strong single layer hammock it's a great choice. I think 1.9 oz ripstop nylon should work, too. I like single layer hammocks much better than doubles.

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    Thanks guys. Think I'll be doing 1.9 single. Not sure though. Also looking at the eno type fabric at diy store. Depends on what i find at the local fabric store. Again, thanks for the help guys.

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    Quote Originally Posted by WV View Post
    I like the feel of supplex a lot. I use it for abrasion resistance (read: "dog toenails").
    WV - I hope that refers to an actual dog, and not your own nails - that is an image I would now like to get out of my mind.

    Jason

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