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    HE, thanks man, you guys are great, I really appreciate all the advice. I'm with you, I prefer a wider hammock. It gives me more room to get comfy in and also better to sit or lay across. But that's just me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    HE, thanks man, you guys are great, I really appreciate all the advice. I'm with you, I prefer a wider hammock. It gives me more room to get comfy in and also better to sit or lay across. But that's just me.
    Just in the interest of differing opinions, I'm one of the "narrow hammock" guys. My current one is 50" (before hemming) and whipped with Jeff's "W-whipping." It's plenty comfortable for me. I find that in the winter I don't want to move around that much anyway, in the interest of minimizing my body's surface area and staying warmer. I've made a 60" wide one too, which I'll probably use for the summer when I want to spread out more and don't have to carry insulation. My narrow one is a few ounces lighter than my wide one, so it's worth it to me in the winter when I DO have the added insulation weight.

    All that being said, your best bet is to try a wide one and cut it down later if you want.
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    BB, I don't do much cold weather camping, but I was thinking along the same lines as you. Make a wider hammock for my comfort level and then if I'm dissatisfied, I can cut and hem it to a narrower width. We'll just have to see how it goes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    If I want to do a good hammock and skins, what is a good source for patterns and materials?
    This is a great tutorial for making stuff sacks:
    http://thru-hiker.com/workshop.asp?subcat=12&cid=5

    Jeff's site also has a tutorial on making Snake Skins and other projects:
    http://tothewoods.net/HomemadeGear.html
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    Sil isn't the best material for a hammock but it's great for skins, stuffsacks, etc.

    Get some 1.9oz DWR if you want to make a hammock (and you will, soon).
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    Ok, now I REALLY feel like a newbie....what's DWR?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Ok, now I REALLY feel like a newbie....what's DWR?
    durable waterproof repellent
    i had to ask the same question a couple years ago<g>.
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    Danke, Tim! At least I'm asociated with people from whom I can actually learn, which is a good thing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hooch View Post
    Ok, now I REALLY feel like a newbie....what's DWR?
    In addition to what slowhike said, let me throw this out at you.

    DWR is water repellant and downproof, what you see on sleeping bags and quilts.

    Sil is waterproof, what you see on tarps and tents.
    Is that too much to ask? Girls with frikkin' lasers on their heads?
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    Quote Originally Posted by hammock engineer View Post
    In addition to what slowhike said, let me throw this out at you.

    DWR is water repellant and downproof, what you see on sleeping bags and quilts.

    Sil is waterproof, what you see on tarps and tents.
    I'll add my 2 grams:
    1.1oz SilNylon is never 1.1oz and is 1.3oz

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