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    Nylon Fabric (not ripstop)

    I've done some searching and can't make heads or tails, so now I get to ask the amazing DIY community

    My question starts here (as long and complicated as I can make it), a lot of people here prefer the ripstop fabrics, but is there really a big difference in quality/durability if the fabric is just a nylon fabric without the ripstop in it? This thread talks about my question, but doesn't answer it fully. I'm a lightweight weighing in at a whopping 145lbs (on a good/heavy day) meaning that I could use the 1.1oz ripstop for a hammock just fine, but would there be a problem with using a similar denier non ripstop fabric? What if we upped the non ripstop nylon to 70D?

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    I have poked holes in a couple ripstop hammocks and the hole didn't spread even a year later. (Things in my pockets). If it wasn't rip stop, the hole may have turned into a tear leaving my butt on the ground. As far as i could tell the 1.1 rip stop (30d) would be lighter than 70d tafetta or other similar nylon fabric. Is your issue not finding rip stop? Do you already have something else on hand? I am 220 on a light day and i currently use 70d - 1.9oz ripstop but I also have a 1.1oz hammock that I am comfy in and had quite a few cozy nights in without incident. I don't see any problem with trying out what you have. Hang low the first couple times and make sure everything is out of your pockets
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    IMO the ripstop pattern is not a factor for hammock use. I can tear ripstop with my hands if the selvage is cut. Ripstop was designed for garment use not weight bearing. You'll get different answers to this question depending on who answers it. That's mine and I'm sticking to it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Ramblinrev View Post
    IMO the ripstop pattern is not a factor for hammock use. I can tear ripstop with my hands if the selvage is cut. Ripstop was designed for garment use not weight bearing. You'll get different answers to this question depending on who answers it. That's mine and I'm sticking to it.
    Agreed. Many of the commercial hammocks are made with non-ripstop nylons and polyesters.

    There are also lots of hangers using the non-ripstop crinkle taffeta polyester.

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    I have one made of non rip stop and one made of the taffeta... No issues up to 240lbs...
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    Thanks for the info, that is what I was hoping to hear. The real reason for the non ripstop is I'm a cheap-wad. Ripstop around here so far as I can find within a good 20 miles is Joann's at about $8 a yard, and no 1.1oz

    Anyway thanks again, I think I'll go for it and if I have any problems I'll post again later.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderchi1d View Post
    Thanks for the info, that is what I was hoping to hear. The real reason for the non ripstop is I'm a cheap-wad. Ripstop around here so far as I can find within a good 20 miles is Joann's at about $8 a yard, and no 1.1oz

    Anyway thanks again, I think I'll go for it and if I have any problems I'll post again later.
    Minus buying in bulk, some of the best prices for 1.1 ripstop that I've seen are at our very own sclittlefield's DIY Gear Supply (link is to their breathable fabrics page; scroll down to "1.1 oz Ripstop Nylon 2nds" for the best price). His shipping is always reasonable, and he is a wonder on customer service.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Thunderchi1d View Post
    Thanks for the info, that is what I was hoping to hear. The real reason for the non ripstop is I'm a cheap-wad. Ripstop around here so far as I can find within a good 20 miles is Joann's at about $8 a yard, and no 1.1oz

    Anyway thanks again, I think I'll go for it and if I have any problems I'll post again later.
    I agree with DIY Gear Supply.

    Joann's nylon ripstop is 1.9 oz. .....40%-50% off coupons are usually available for Joann's and is the only way to buy there.

    http://joannfabricscoupons.net/

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