DIY Gear: Hammock & Bugnet




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OzClawhammer: Geez that's light´╗┐

iswatman: How wide is this hammock? Does it lay flat? I am also a side sleeper and I just can't get that feeling in my ENO double nest, it was a gift. I think I would also like it to be longer, how much longer will you make the next one and why?´╗┐

Joe Brewer: Not sure, as I've never tested it. I would say at least 200 lbs, maybe more. The weakest point would be the 1.7 oz/yd ripstop nylon, but I'm not sure what the break strength on it would be. Maybe google could help.

Jacob Heisterkamp: thanks for the info! I finished the hammock part of my setup. 1.1oz ripstop, woopie slings and soft shackles. The initial test run showed that there is a lot of stretch in the materials the first use, but it help up pretty well. I hope to get out for an actual night stay in the near future. A side question, my edges pull up pretty high on the hammock (maybe I made it to wide). Did you have any problems with that, or not being able to lay at a diagonal? Any any mods you plan to make on your 2nd?

Joe Brewer: I did it based off of my hammock ridgeline length so I can't say exactly but I can give you an estimate. It is around 9 ft long and the width is equal to two widths of the tulle fabric. Sorry this isn't more specific, but I never had any "official" dimensions. I would recommend setting up your hammock and then measuring the length between ends (add an extra 6-12" for flexibility). Cut two pieces of tulle in that length and sew them together along both long edges. Hope this makes some sense.

Brooks Gorden: im 6 foot three how much farick would i need for a sym hammock?

Jacob Heisterkamp: Hey, what thickness is your ripstop nylon? you say 1.3oz in the video, but you didnt seem to sure. I ask because I got a bunch of 1.1 ounce stuff, and now I am wondering if it will hold me.

torq21: Thanks for the video! After a year do you still find the hammock length to be adequate?

Joe Brewer: Yup.

Erik Salazar: Yes, how much weight can it hold? I'm 6 foot 215lbs

jon moore: Cool the first to comment, your going far, take it your on the forums??

francisffernety: thanks! :D

Joe Brewer: The fabric I used was at least 1.3 oz thickness, possibly more (it was a mystery bargain bin find). 1.1 oz, however, is often used to make hammocks and should work just fine. Many people choose 1.1 to make very light weight hammocks. You may have to be a tad more careful with the fabric (i.e. no sharp items in the hammock). My next hammock will likely be made out of 1.1oz.

one234569and10: Nice setup, and color scheme. Cause you know, color means everything :P I think the only thing I am unsure about is that the bug net is not more permanent. Bugs could possibly get trapped in as you get in, or come in from the foot end. Still pretty cool!

Joe Brewer: 54" is correct. I tried to find the hardiest tulle I could at the fabric store, with the smallest net (hole) size. Not the strongest material but worth the weight savings over noseeum.

schitjob: Thank you for posting this! I'm new to camping, but we have a Jo-Ann Fabrics store down the road and I can work a needle and thread as much as the next guy. Your vid has boosted my confidence that I can make this.

mangojamsontheam: Very nice!

Kapow Backpacking: Your DIY bug net looks exactly like mine!

Joe Brewer: On my tarp I use a thin line made from the same amsteel material I used on my hammock whoopie slings. I believe it is called tech line. It is very inelastic and super strong. To combat the problem you had, and to keep constant tension on the tarp in the rain, I put little bungee cord rings on all of the corners of the tarp and then attached the guy lines to those rings. My next video will show my entire sleep setup and will highlight these bungees to give you a better idea of what I mean.

70CadillacMan: how much weight can it hold?

Joe Brewer: Yup, plenty big and still comfortable.

latitude918: What Tulle did you use? I see them in different widths. 54" width?

Half333DeaDd: where did you get that bug net?

francisffernety: what kind of rope do you use as tie-off's for your tarp? i use some very thin rope with no elasticity, but sometimes a gust of wind would pull the stakes out from the ground. I think perhaps some thin shock cord instead would solve this problem? what worked for you? thanks,

funlovingfool1970: I think this is my favorite setup I've seen so far. Looks clean and professional. I also like the colors as well, it would match my REI flashpack perfectly. Thanks :)

Joe Brewer: The edges are controlled partially by how you whip the ends of the hammock. An "M" patterned whip leads to lower edges while a "W" style will create tall sides like an ENO hammock. Check out the hammock forums website for more info on that and ways to tweak the edges. For what it is worth, my hammock uses an "M" whip. My next hammock build is mostly just going to be built lighter with lighter material and lighter whoopie slings. Though I am considering making it longer for more comfort.

Luke Calls: What is a at through hike

Joe Brewer: Hiking from Georgia to Maine.

latitude918: That bug net design is killer. What're the measurements? I wouldn't mind giving that a try myself.

dukelovesluna: hi, is the tulle effective? against mosquitos? thanks!

gottaluvtheserenity: Good looking rig! Concise, factual vid thanks.

David Warfel: does it sinch down as well when closing from the inside?

Joe Brewer: Absolutely. Bugs never get in.

Joe Brewer: Definitely. It has kept out all the insects in my experience. Really, the only downside is that you must be a little more delicate with it, as it is a fairly weak material. But, it did last from GA to ME with me so it is certainly strong enough for the job.

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DIY Gear: Hammock & Bugnet 4.8 out of 5

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