Your cuben tarp/hammock idea is very interesting.
Your chief competitor is probably the Grand Trunk Nano-7. Key similarities are:
- 48" width
- 190 g weight
- $70 msrp
Take a look at the reviews for the Nano-7 at Backpackgeartest.org. One of the recurring gripes is the narrow width.
Another resource (information, feedback, and sales leads) is Hammock Forums.
Any idea how your price point will compare to the Nano-7?
IMHO, most non Hennessy hammock users will have a tarp, so the dual use is really aimed at the people who need a solo tarp and are willing to hang as a 2ndary bonus. Along those lines, I think the tarp conversion should be an option, rather than standard.
I am concerned that the amsteel blue running through a sleeve could cause a slow cutting action that will eventually compromise the sleeve. I like the idea of a biner (Camp Nano is 23g ea) to make the link from the hammock to the hanging line.
A lot of hammock users have their own hanging rig. Perhaps the amsteel could be an option also.
I like your idea of building a bug net accessory. Another accessory to consider is a tarp.
You might want to look at testing the breaking limit of the entire system to be 2x your recommended weight limit.
If you are going to make these available to the public, you should chat with an attorney about corporate insulation from liability, warranties, instructions, warnings, and business plans.
I usually camp more than 20 nights a year. I'd be happy to help you beta test and/or talk to you more about other business related topics.
acronym 5/16/2010 9:01 PM