I was wondering if anyone has tried to make a DIY version of the Clark Vertex or even the Flex180?
I have thought about trying it and was wondering if there have been previous attempts at it.
hey hambone, I made a kind of mix of the flex 180 and vertex it has two full sized beds and a much smaller central shelf than the vertex. I can dig out some pictures if your interested?
I'd be interested to see what you've done as well, if you have time to dig up the pictures. I made a try at a double bridge hammock that sort of worked (until the fabric gave out); the Vertex always looked interesting, and might be a better option.
Heres some shots of "The Beast" the second bed is taken up by my pack but its the same size as the other and you dont bump shoulders with it at all unless your wriggling around.
yeah thats more or less whats going on here.
I started with two aproximatly 48inch wide dbl layer hammock beds and ran channeling at the head and foot end like a claytor hammock as opposed to whipping the end using knottys method for example. Then the "triangle" which is not actually a triangle but more of a funny hourglass shape starts at the head end about 24 inces wide and tapers in to about 14 inches wide where i guess-ta-mated my head and shoulders would be then the taper continues gradually to the foot end of the hammock where it is 3 inches wide and then flares back out to 7 inches and gets sewn in to the channeling. Ill try and draw some rough plans to help you get you get you head around it. The inside edge of the hammock beds is attached to the "triangle" by using a flat felled seam for strength.
As far as laying in the hammock is concerned the narrow beds do mean less of a diaganal lay than in my WBBB but it suprisingly just as flat. I was certainly not bannana'd at any point. yet to tackle an UQ but sleeping with a pad between the layers was fine once i got the lay figured out.
heres the "triangle" section the flare at the end was somthing i picked up on a thread about the flex but to be honest im not too sure or its purpose possibly to reduce the stress on the seams ath the narrow end or to increase suface area on the channaling either way it doesnt really hinder my design so i ran with it. the length or the triangle would depend on how long you wanted your hammock beds to be i think mine was round about 10 feet. I hope this help if you need any more help or this made no sence let me know and ill try to give you a hand!
Cool, thanks for taking the time to explain it I think the body pretty much makes sense.. I'm probably going to get started on a "tribute" version fairly soon. The top cover, on the other hand..... Well, I'll start worrying about that once I have the body done. I need to spend some more time thinking about it/looking at how it's put together.
What kind of material did you use? I was thinking of taking one of those Tableclothfactory 90x130 crinkle poly taffeta ones and trimming the length down / cutting them in half for the double layer. That would put the width at 45 inches, though.. any thoughts on whether that would work? or would it be too narrow?
I used rip stop, not sure of the weight as it was given to me but i was told that it was pertex. its tough as nails though a single layer hammock i made has held three people in it no worries.
I think you can get away with losing a couple of inches in width but another inch and a half is going to go in to the seams aswell, just something to keep track of.
as for the top cover that is very much a different anilmal. a lot of trial and error went in to it so let me know when you set about tackling it and ill do my best to help you avoid my mistakes.
Tentative plans - first pass
So I thought about it, and here's what I've come up with. I scaled the middle piece so that it should fit the entire way along the side and leave a quarter inch at top and bottom for the cord through the channel to come out.
Originally Posted by pommychris
What do you think? Any changes you think I should make?