Using silk for hammocks
- Taking a cue from Gardenville, I ordered some silk and did some
sewing this past weekend. Here are some random observations:
1. Silk is very light and easy to sew.
2. Gardenville used 8mm silk for his hammock and had good
durability. I ordered the 10mm. It seems fairly thin, but then
again, so is ripstop nylon. I'll let you know how it holds up, but
expect no problems.
3. I built a replacement bag for my 'bag-o-feathers' under
insulation using 5mm silk. The silk bag weighs about 2.5 ounces and
I have about 10 ounces of feathers in there. In the silk bag it
lofts beautifully; HOWEVER, the 5mm silk allows small feathers to
work through. I'll have to see how big a problem that is. I get
about 3" of loft across a 33" x 60" surface. If you decide to try
this, plan on going to the 8mm fabric.
4. I ordered some 3.5mm silk gauze for the bug screen, but didn't
sew it in as an integral part of the hammock (at least along one
edge). I'm going to try a ridgeline style deployment, but the
fabric is only 36" wide, so I might have to buy more material.
5. Here is Gardenville's source, which I used too:
I used the 10mm (021J), the 3.5mm gauze (024N), and the 5mm (021F).
They call it Habotai silk, and you can just enter these codes into
their "Quick Order" block. Good luck.
- Bill,Welcome back and very best wishes for your recovery. Your gear notes and ideas are excellent. Any chance you might be attending the ADZ this year? This is the "Day Zero" kick off for PCT thru hikers at Lake Moreno, near San Diego, California. It's become an annual backpacker jamboree, lots of gear and other stuff, not just for thru hikers, though it is for them, it's their weekend. I'd love to see some of your gear first hand if you can make it.http://siechert.org/adz/Tom Hennessey was there a couple of years ago, had hammocks at a big discount for attendees. Maybe he'll show again this year.Best, Todd in Tarzana.