Hanging "by the numbers" is so overrated. The amount of sag that makes your hammock comfortable is one of the most highly individualized specifics in hammocking. This means that only you know how much sag works for you, regardless of what number it may be measured at. It's all a matter of trial and error, seeing what works and what doesn't. I stumbled into my sag and ridgeline length totally by accident and it's worked for me since. I've never, ever tried to measure the angle of my hang, there's no reason for it. Along the same lines, I've never measured the length of my ridgeline. My hammocks all hang the same way: comfortably. Yours should, too.
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Well put. Accurately measuring the sag angle would be meaningful if I wanted to build a second hammock exactly like the first, but if it's for somebody else, their preference might be different. Besides, I keep thinking of new things to try. If I ever get to the point where I wanted to "mass produce" (i.e. - more than one ), I'd still use an adjustable ridgeline.
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I am understanding the sag angle of the suspension line is set by how tight you pull the lines at the point of attachment. The sag angle of the hammock is set by the length of the of the structural ridgeline in relation to the length of the hammock material. Comfort is determined by the sag of the hammock, and stress on the suspension system is determined by the sag angle of the suspension.
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Many hangers don't realize that stress in the suspension line skyrockets as the angle of the suspension approaches horizontal. This not only places them in potential danger, it also increases the liklihood of damage to the tree.
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Of course, it's still being broken in, so sag happens regardless.
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It certainly doesn't have to be that tight, and it's actually much easier to hang if you don't try to. It just needs to be tight enough that the ridgeline stays taut when you lay down.
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"...3) It should be tied reasonably tight (so its almost a straight line from tree to tree with no-one inside) and should rest just above sitting height. It will drop slightly once you enter it (If using for first time it may need to be re-tied to allow for minor stretching of rope)."
I reckon this roughly equates to 10-20 degrees, depending on how many pies the sleeper has consumed.
This is at odds with the general HF consensus on 'angle of dangle'.