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    Unwanted sliding problem

    Does anyone have a lightweight solution to prevent your body from sliding towards the foot end of a gathered end while sleeping,...other than hanging the foot end a few inches higher,...I'm already employing that technique with less than satisfactory results.

    Advanced thanks to those of you who may have any ideas.

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    You wouldn't be sliding to the foot end as much as your butt is settling in the middle. This happens almost regardless of how you hang. Really, there is no separate solution, just hang the foot end a little higher, or start out more in the middle.

    I can think of no solution that involves separate weight (light or otherwise) that does a comfortable job negating gravity.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dakotaross View Post
    You wouldn't be sliding to the foot end as much as your butt is settling in the middle. This happens almost regardless of how you hang. Really, there is no separate solution, just hang the foot end a little higher, or start out more in the middle.

    I can think of no solution that involves separate weight (light or otherwise) that does a comfortable job negating gravity.
    yep.

    having a consistent ridge line helps, if you don't use one. "helps" in the sense that the sag is consistent from hang to hang. but, it doesn't move gravity.

    also; the more diagonal you can get, the less gravitational pull. i have some dutch 11's [3] and have no issue. but, i'm a geezer in hammock years and i may not notice it if its there.

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    Gravity is free. Use it to your advantage. Hang the foot end higher, some go as much as a foot.
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    Do you have a hammock ridgeline? It gives you an immediate visual on whether you are hanging your hammock kinda cattywumpus. A hammock ridgeline also insures a consistent hang angle of 30 degrees.
    "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds." Ralph Waldo Emerson

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    One of the reasons I love my Hennessy in that it is an all in one and has a static ridgeline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LoneTraveler View Post
    ...other than hanging the foot end a few inches higher,...
    A few inches, as you've found out, makes little if any difference. Try a foot, I've even gone a foot and a half, and see if that helps. I bet it does. No, all the blood won't rush to your head. Your body will end up level regardless of where you're attached to the trees.

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    A good rule of thumb I use to start, with the important part being "TO START"
    As stated above, simply raise the foot end of your hammock, I START with (when getting a new hammock) & don't be offended, nipples & eyes. That is, head end at about Nipple level, foot end at Eyes. This is to start with, I've had hammocks where at that set up I was done, I've had others where the foot end is nearly 2' above the head end, just to keep be from having my feet against the foot of the hammock by morning.
    Also: as mentioned having a ridge line is (IMHO) critical to a easy set up hammock. I usually start with a ridgeline that is nearly as long as the hammock, spend a night or 2 in it, then, if needed, shorten the RL by a few inches* "rinse & repeat" until comfortable.
    This is not tent camping, a hammock is not a set up once or twice in the back yard & you can say "I'm good" there is a learning curve to hanging. To me, part of the appeal & fun. So be patient, it will come.


    *after nearly 10 years, I usually get it right by 3rd adjustment, often by 2nd night. Latest hammock, set up, got in, went "Nope" got up, adjusted, "YES!" haven't changed it since.
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    I set my foot end about 6" higher in my 11' hammock and I have a 83% RL. I don't slide at all.. I couldn't imagine 1-2'.
    I also think laying at a good angle and getting the flat lay helps.

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    My foot end is about a foot higher to prevent sliding. It also seems to help negate the calf ridge, too.

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