RE: [Hammock Camping] Re: Hammock End
- I use several models of "drawstring" hammocks, including the Nomad Tropical
Hammock, Hammock Bliss Hammock, Mosquito Hammock, and Crazy Creek Crib.
I notice that most of these, with the exception of the Crazy Creek and the
Mosquito use either nothing or supple fabric to reinforce the casing (hem)
that the hanging ropes pass through. On these, the sides are a bit loose.
The Crazy Creek uses a heavy leather-like material to reinforce the outer
inch and a half of the casing. This makes the drawstrings pull the sides
much tighter than the body. On the Mosquito Hammock, there are at least
three layers of fabric in the casing, which lends some stiffness to the
entire casing, and I notice the same tendency to tighten the sides of the
In short, I think the structure of the casing and reinforcement material, or
lack of reinforcement material, determines whether or not a drawstring
hammock will have tight or loose edges.
I much prefer the looser edges, as these take the worst beating when I get
in or out. I actually destroyed a Crazy Creek hammock at the reinforcing
patch in completely mild (back yard) conditions. So I don't think rigid
reinforcements are a good idea.
- I have the same style hammock and my sides are tight. I also have a
bugnet with a zipper I made with the same principle in mind.
my hammock is 36" wide so I took some stretchy mesh fabric and made
it 48" wide and the 5" longer than the hammock. I did the draw string
thing to the ends and stitched a zipper down the entire length of the
mesh. the bugnet goes around the entire hammock and zips up the ends
are drawn tight because of the line that runs through the 2" hems on
the ends. it looks and works great.
- --- In email@example.com, Matthew Takeda <takeda@s...>
> Mirage wrote:sides of my
> >Doug, I have made two hammocks this way and here is what I found:
> >1. The hammock sides do not hang "right" for camping purposes, too
> >loose and floppy.
> This is interesting. It is the opposite of my experience. The
> hammocks are not floppy at all. In fact, because of the way theline
> curves, the sides are significantly tighter than the middle.I did not mean to imply the sides were "floppy", but not optimally
tensioned for my preferences when using my home made under/over
quilt (similar in function to Ed Speers PeaPod).
I have several made with the "line-thru-the-hem" method, and like
them very much. They are much more comfortable (to me)
for "lounging" in. They also work OK with underquilts that do not
wrap around the entire hammock.
Just my personal observations and preferences.
> >2. With the "line-thru-the-hem" method, the line is semi-
> >attached. I don't like that. I like to have my lines/strapseasily
> I guess I just don't understand what you're doing. My hem makes a
> tube. I fit it to a piece of plastic tubing to prevent chafebetween the
> hanging line and the fabric, but even if I didn't, the line wouldeasily
> slip in and out. How are you fastening the line on that makes itI guess what I was trying to say was that the way I have done this,
> "semi-permanently attached?"
I end up with a bunch of hammock hem gathered at the end, with a
rope running thru the hem. I usually then tie a knot or make a loop
out of the ropejust big enough to tie another rope/strap to for
hanging. This method ends up with a loop whose flat lenght
(circumference) is less than the width of the hammock end. If I
were to pull it out in the field, re-threading it would be a pain.
I'm sure there are other ways of doing it that I've not tried or
thought of that would be less troublesome to work with.
Hike your own hike; Hang your own hammock ;)