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    Crinkle Taffeta - Comfort? Volume? Weight?

    Looking for some feedback from users who are hanging on the polyester crinkle taffeta material (table cloth blanks).

    Comfort: How does this material complare to rip-stop or nylon taffeta for comfort? Do you find it uncomfortable after a long night?

    Volume: Looking for a packed-size comparison of a single layer of crinkle taffeta versus a double layer of 1.1oz ripstop. Am I going to be eating up a lot of pack space with this stuff?

    Weight: I know it's around 2.6oz per sq yard. That said, do you find the crinkle taffeta hammocks noticably heavier than a double layer nylon hammock?

    Looking for positives and negatives. Thanks!
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    As a poor tight-wad getting into the action here, I'm looking forward to reading all I can about DIY.

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    You can't really go wrong with those blanks. Of course, do a little math, 2 x 1.1 < 2.6 oz/sy , so there's only a slight difference in weight or bulk. It's comfortable enough. Personally I like the give and feel of a single 1.4 or 1.5, but it's all apples and onions. Everybody likes what they like and some love the crinkle.

    There aren't really any negatives that I can think of. For $13, if you hit them when there's free shipping, (like now I believe,) what could be negative? If you hate it, you have a tablecloth.
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    I sleep in a single layer crinkle taffeta hammock every night. Needless to say, It's very comfortable.

    Compared to my ripstop hammocks, it doesn't stretch nearly as much (if at all). Personally, I prefer the stretch of 1.5 ounce ripstop. At 160 pounds, it feels just right to me. If you weigh more, a double layer or the taffeta material, may feel better to you, but you may find it different for yourself.

    At 2.6 ounce, the taffeta is a heavier material than say 1.1 or 1.5 ounce ripstop, so it stands to reason that a hammock made from it will weigh more and take up more volume when packing. Frankly, that's then only negative I can think of. But, that's only a negative if you are light enough to be able to use a lighter weight fabric.

    Cost is a big positive. A taffeta blank cannot be beat for building a low cost DIY hammock.

    David

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    Didn't care for it

    Not sure why, but the TCF hammock I made seemed to just swallowed me. Maybe I didn't experiment with sag enough, but was hard to get out of. Wish I had known you wanted one of these...we could have done some trading.
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    I have just made a couple of them.
    I think they are very comfortable. I gave the 60"x126" one that I made away at the hang but I can weigh the 90"x132" and the 90"x156".
    The 60"x126" was very comfortable and stuffed into a 12x6" stuff sack.
    The 90"x132" is pure luxury and the 90x156" is just insanely too big and not really worth it.

    This is the 90x126" with whoopies and knotty mod.

    Last edited by spaceweaseal; 11-12-2012 at 19:51.

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    Comfort = perfect in every way, best hammock I have.

    Volume = takes up way more space than my son's 1.1; it is not as compressible... but then I have 12' x 90" hammock

    Weight = yep, it's obviously heavier, if I were a big backpacker and had to put this on my back, it's not something I'd choose....but it is something that I'd want. Doesn't mean that I always make sense either.

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    I like them a lot. They don't pack down as well and they are a bit heavier, but they are just as comfy as far as I'm concerned.....and for the price and the fact that you don't have to do anything but whip the ends, I don't think you can beat them.
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    Personally, if I have to lay my face on anything, I like crinkle taffeta better. It seems to be a lot softer than ripstop nylon. But I'll take ripstop nylon every time for its weight and compressibility because I use a flight pillow which keeps my face off the hammock.

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    Have two on the way. Has anyone done both the gathered and the whipped.
    And if so, which did you prefer?
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