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    Is DWR suitable for hammocks?

    I'm curious if the DWR fabric is a good option for hammock material?

    Thanks for any input.
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    I would say no... Not breathable enough... But I could be wrong, its happened once before
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    It depends a bit on the fabric - in many cases it's fine. A lot of our cottage vendors have made hammocks out of DWR stuff. It's certainly less breathable, but it still works.
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    There're a couple of folks who've made hammocks out of m50 (which has a triple-pass DWR, about as thick as DWR gets) and swear by 'em. Apparently, as long as you're not a sweat machine (like me), it can work.

    Note: this is not personal experience. This is from reading threads here. YMMV.
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    Ok. Thanks for the input. I'm going to give it a go and see what happens. If it doesn't work out for a hammock, I can always have a good supply of stuff sacks!
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    Prefers life at 12 MPH. FLRider's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Caveman View Post
    Ok. Thanks for the input. I'm going to give it a go and see what happens. If it doesn't work out for a hammock, I can always have a good supply of stuff sacks!
    Heck...if it doesn't work, think about making a windshirt...DWR-coated fabric usually stops wind cold...

    Let us know how it goes!
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    Many...Many hammocks are made with DWR treatments in the fabric. Breathability reduction from nonDWR to DWR is minimal really. The Calendaring of the fabric will have a greater affect. Most DRW treated fabrics will have a calendar to them while it's maybe 50/50 if a un-calandered fabric will have DWR. I would say go for it and try it out, if it feels clammy to you then yah chop it up...or save it as a cool weather hammock.
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    I have made two hammocks from the 2.8 plain weave nylon DIYGearsupply sells. It has not felt clammy at all even in hotter temps. It doesn't seem as tight a weave as ripstop though, so that probably helps the breatheability.

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