Feb 9, 2012 at 7:45 am #1285420
I really want to take a go at making my own hammock but have no idea what fabric to use or where to get it. I am aiming for something really light. Any suggestions?Feb 9, 2012 at 7:50 am #1836794
Katharina LångstrumpBPL Member
@kat_pLocale: Pacific Coast
I would go with Ripstop, which comes in different weights. If you are doing a single layer, which I recommend, and depending on your weight, look for either a 1.5 or 1.7 weight.
Your local fabric store may carry Ripstop; I really like Quest Outfitters for buying online.Feb 9, 2012 at 8:12 am #1836812
Thanks kat. I'm about 175 so the tail end for 1.5 or should I go 1.7 to be safe?Feb 9, 2012 at 8:16 am #1836814
I used this material on mine, I weight 195. It has a nice feel too. Great guy if you have any questionsFeb 9, 2012 at 9:10 am #1836843
Wade FordBPL Member
At 175 you can probably do well with 1.1 oz nylon. Here is a good reference chart for personal weight vs material choice from a hammock mfr. If you plan on sleeping in your hammock you may want to make it a double layer so that you can put your sleeping pad between the layers.
Lots of good info here on making your own hammock
DIY Gear Supply has great materials and also some tutorials on making hammocksFeb 9, 2012 at 9:28 am #1836853
@nihilist_voyagerLocale: Down the Rabbit Hole!
You'll be fine with the 1.1. I weigh more and I do very well with it. I'm also 6'1'' and you don't need more than three yards (108") of fabric. Put a foot box on it and you'll have plenty of room and come out at around 6oz, maybe less :-)
And since this is a UL site look up how to make amsteel whoopies. They'll do you some good my entire setup including tarp (sans insulation) weighs less than 2lbs.Feb 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm #1837131
Thanks again. I just installe whoopies on my HH hyperlite today. Love them so far. After looking around the hammock forums I think I am going to make a Asym style gathered end hammock from 1.1 ripstop and them create a bug net with rock pockets that I saw there. Throw in some whoopie slings for suspension, an adjustable ridge line, and dutch clips for my webbing straps and I think I should have a sweet setup that is lighter then my HH hyperlite with the option of removing the netting and leaving it home.
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