Skylark Hammock Fabric Information
There are many factors which led us to use Nylon in the construction of our outdoor hammocks. Nylon's tenacity is not lost over time and, if cared for properly, your hammock's lifespan is longer than your own. Nylon also has relatively high resilience and so will come back to shape, even if stretched within reasonable tolerances. Some synthetic fibers use a mixture of polyester and Nylon but we have chosen to use 100% Nylon because it feels better.
The "t" in the spec sheet indicates the number of fibers, both vertical and horizontal, in a square inch of fabric. It is known as the thread count. A higher thread count will generally yield a silkier feel to the skin while also being stronger. A high thread count allows for thin materials, especially when one uses already strong nylon threads. Our hammock fabric is listed as 210t.
The "D" on the spec sheet refers to the denier rating. In this case, our fabric is listed as 70D. Denier describes the weight of the individual threads. Technically, the industry uses the benchmark of the weight, in grams, of 9,000 meters of the selected thread. In this case, 9,000 meters of our thread would weigh 70 grams. This is not information you need, but may be helpful to any closet nerd/outdoor enthusiasts. What you really want to come away with is that a higher denier rating indicates that each strand is heavier, which usually means it is thicker. We chose this denier rating because it isn't so high that the fabric would feel rough to the touch, but it allows for a stronger/more durable material.
Another aspect of our hammock fabric which sets it apart is the weave. Some companies use a traditional weave, which, at first glance, has a similar feel and appearance. There are a variety of weaves which fall under the category of "traditional" but they all have a weakness when it comes to bearing weight. If a puncture does happen, there is a much greater likelihood of catastrophic failure. A small tear can fairly easily cause a "run" in the fabric and you can end up on the ground.
Our Ripstop fabric is designed to prevent small tears from becoming larger ones. At Skylark, we have deliberately (although sadly) put small holes in test hammocks and then continued using them. In all cases, small holes did not increase in size with continued use. That being said, we DO NOT think it is wise to continue using your hammock until it has been patched. A simple patch can be placed on damaged areas of two inches or less. We would recommend contacting us, if you have any questions about specific damaged hammocks prior to continued use.
We chose not to use any extra water-proof coatings on our hammocks because nylon fabric, by nature, has low-absorbency. Your hammock will dry quickly and is fairly easy to launder. It is also resistant to mold.
We recommend you keep your hammock away from sources of heat (campfire, lighters, etc.) as Nylon will melt and will ruin your great hammock. We also don't recommend leaving them in your backyard all of the time as the sun will bleach the color and it just won't look as good as it should. If that happens, feel free to buy another Skylark Hammock. We won't mind.