1. ## structural ridgeline length

If I'm correct in understanding this, if I make my hammock ridgeline longer, I will lay flatter...? Shorter RL = more sag, longer RL = more flat of a lay?

2. Not exactly. You want to have an ideal amount of sag. 83% is the current rule of thumb when it comes to ridge line length. If it is to loose your hammock will be narrow and you wont be able to get a very diagonal lie. I had this problem with my DIY. After I tightened my SRL it become more comfortable.

3. I see that there has to be a kind of balance. As I'm seeing it though, if I shorten the RL, the hammock ends are closer together and the hammock hangs with more of a bow in it. If I lengthen the RL, the ends of the hammock will be further apart and the hammock will have less of an arc.

I put up my hammock for the first time, in the carport this weekend and experimented with the RL a little. I'm using treehuggers and whoopies (that I made ) and using a marlin spike hitch/toggle between the two. I also made two continuous loops with my amsteel and replaced the rope that came in my GT hammock with the CL. I got two of the cool red desending rings from REI and did a larkshead from my CL's to the rings, then did the double wrap through the hammock end channels. Then I did larkshead for whoopie fixed-eye and the rings.

So, the RL is attatched to the ring on one end and run to the ring on the other end.

I didn't have too much time to lay around and mess with the RL length, but I sure liked how comfortable that was. I guess I have seen the light. I'll never try to sleep in a tent again.

4. it's a bit counterintuitive, but more sag means you can lay at more of a diagonal which means you lay flatter.

If you really want flat try a bridge hammock.

5. Yes, more sag gives a flatter diagonal lay.

6. Gotcha, that makes sense. I'll experiment again when I get a chance. I did try laying diagonally in it, and that was really comfortable. My dog even jumped in with me like nothing.

7. Spydertattoo sorry I didn't notice you are a local when you first posted. Hope to see you at the hang next year.

8. Next year? when was the hang this year? We're just now coming in to the spring season. You guys here in WA hang in the winter?

9. Originally Posted by packeagle
Not exactly. You want to have an ideal amount of sag. 83% is the current rule of thumb when it comes to ridge line length. If it is to loose your hammock will be narrow and you wont be able to get a very diagonal lie. I had this problem with my DIY. After I tightened my SRL it become more comfortable.
83% of what? 83% of my height? 83% of total hammock length?

10. Originally Posted by BluenosePlaya
83% of what? 83% of my height? 83% of total hammock length?
hammock length