- Aug 24, 2016 at 1:05 pm #3422333
This the latest iteration of my full length bug net that’s shaped to fit under an A frame tarp.
Weighs 4.7 oz and is made out of .67 noseeum from Dutchware (except for one end piece which is 0.9 oz, so as to provide more durability at the head end for entry and exit. Adds about 3 grams). The net measures 30″ high, 40″ wide and 6′ 5″ long. Features 4 corner tieouts.
I went with corner seams on this latest prototype. Provides for a more taught pitch. It took a lot of trail and error to figure out how to cleanly attach the peaks of the end pieces to the panels. Bomber strength was my number one concern, so the ridgeline is folded, pinned and ironed 3 times and then sewn twice. I also folded hem tape between ridgeline layers. Corner seams are 8 layers thick and also sewn twice. A lot of time was involved in this project..
For this pic I put the ground sheet UNDER the under flaps so you could see them. Of course when using the net the groundsheet would go OVER the under flaps. It’s not 100% ant proof, but it’s close. Costs about $32 in supplies to build this net (nearly 16 hours labor!). I’ll post entry an entry and exit pic in the next post.Aug 24, 2016 at 1:35 pm #3422341
After getting inside of the Prismnet all one needs to do is place a rock in the corner pocket. Works great. Don’t need a zipper! Just adds weight.Aug 25, 2016 at 9:34 am #3422493Justin WBPL Member
Looks nice Monte and nice weight. Agreed that zippers aren’t really necessary and just add weight.
“Weighs 4.7 oz and is made out of .67 noseeum from Dutchware (except for one end piece which is 0.9 oz, so as to provide more durability at the head end for entry and exit.”
Just a quick note about the highlighted portion of the above. It will only add durability if the corresponding .9 mesh is also nylon. A lot of the .9 stuff that i’ve seen though, is actually made of polyester.
Hence, you’re probably not getting any significant durability over .67 nylon mesh. Nylon is not only lighter than polyester per volume, but stronger per same weight and volume. It also has more innate stretch, which with mesh is a durability advantage. Polyester mesh is more apt to more quickly and easily snap break than nylon mesh.Aug 25, 2016 at 10:48 am #3422508d kBPL Member
Great simple design, Monte! I like the floorless, zipperless idea. 30″ peak height would be too low for me, as I want to be able to sit up in any shelter, but for your target group it’s probably not a problem.Aug 25, 2016 at 11:37 am #3422519matthew kModerator
I like the rock pocket idea.Aug 26, 2016 at 2:43 am #3422653Adam KilpatrickBPL Member
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This looks awesome :-)Aug 26, 2016 at 11:31 am #3422740John DeMorrisSpectator
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That’s a neat DIY Monte. Thanks for sharing.Aug 26, 2016 at 6:27 pm #3422844
I appreciate the good word guys.
I started making these nets (my 8th prototype) because I couldn’t find anything like them for sale on the internet. In a recent BPL thread however, Gary Pikovsky made me aware of the new Sea to Summit Escapist Bug Net which weighs 4.9 oz and is similarly shaped, but it is considerably larger than the Prismnet.
(Not a good quality pic, but here goes)
When I posted the original Prismnet here on BPL last winter, 5 people e-mailed me asking to buy one, though at the time I wasn’t satisfied enough with the net to in good conscience sell them. Even though the new version is up to par, I unfortunately can’t yet make them fast enough for it to be a viable endeavor.
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