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    Hammock Materials

    My current hammock is 4 ply 4.4 oz Talsan (Supplex). I'd like to go with something lighter cause I plan to make a much longer hammock (about 12 feet or so). I wiegh 260+ lbs.

    Do you think 1.9oz ripstop would do? Or should I stick with 3 to 3.5 oz material?

    OWF has 3.4 oz Taslan for $4.25 per yard. It's only 59 inches wide. Is that wide enough?

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    Hmmm, I thought I put this in the homemade gear section but didn't. Mod, would you put it over there please?

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    I weigh 220+ and usually have some gear with me in there. I have used 1.9 with good results. I used some thinner taffeta and it held ok. I think the issue is not if it holds one or four times, but if it will hold up for the long haul.

    I think the taffeta hammock I made will work for the occasional weekend or week use, but I do not think it will hold up to a thru.

    On top of that thought, just because something works 1 or 4 times doesn't mean it won't fail at any time. I would start out with maybe 2.9-ish oz stuff and go from there. It's just a guess though.

    Whatever you use, do some testing and keep an eye one it. Then let us know.
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    I weigh 300 and have been held up by 1.1oz. Didn't use it for long tho, but I did try to stress test it. 1.9 would probably be fine based on what other manufacturers are using. I wouldn't have much concern about immediate catastrophic failure the first time you use it, but this stuff is plastic, and I'm worried that if I choose too thin of a material, it will tend to stretch and thin out over time. Main area I'd be concerned about is the edge when getting into/out of the hammock. I've noted others using thin material and having the edge stretched over time. If you're concerned, then you can reduce the likelihood of failure by increasing the sag in the hammock, and thus decreasing the stresses on it substantially.

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    you can get away w/ 1/1 for a while, but i had one drop me last year.
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    I make mine from 1.9oz. I do have a 1.1oz hammock but the thinness of the material makes me a little paranoid..
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    Quote Originally Posted by headchange4u View Post
    I make mine from 1.9oz. I do have a 1.1oz hammock but the thinness of the material makes me a little paranoid..
    yep, i really liked the 1.1oz hammock, but after it dropped me, i decided that was pushing my luck just a little to much. especially on the trail where i'm depending on that one hammock.
    i believe that's the time that i chipped a bone in my elbow on the hardwood floor too. it took several months to get over that
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    I use 1.9 oz. I'm not that big of a guy, but the stresses at the ends worried me so I stayed away from the 1.1 oz.
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    Well, I ordered 3.4 oz. Taslan(Supplex) from OWF. My current hammock uses 4.4 oz. With the new hammock at 13 feet +/-, I wanted to save weight but not give up too much strength.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeeDee View Post
    funbun - do you know anything about the strength of the supplex??

    I was considering it, but decided to go with 1.9 oz ripstop. The Supplex is supposed to be water resistant and very breathable if I remember correctly. That is very attractive. But I could find nothing on it's strength. It is considerably heavier than the 1.9 oz ripstop, so, lacking any information on its relative strength compared to the ripstop, I decided on the ripstop instead.

    It would be interesting to learn how strong it is in comparison.
    Nope, but it's the only uncoated nylon I could find that was greater than 1.9 oz ripstop. I note Hennessey Safari uses 210 Denier Oxford, but everywhere I've looked I can only find oxford with urethane coating. Same for really light Cordura, everything is coated. So Supplex was the only material I could find in 3+ oz/sq yard. Even then it was DWR, I'll have to wash it a few times to get the DWR off.
    Last edited by funbun; 03-28-2007 at 19:42.

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