Well, I thought I'd give the ol' mini spreader bar a try and see how she rides.
Its not elegant but it has significantly reduced the ridge down the middle of the hammock. Two nights ago this same hammock was a Knotty style gathered end, and it hung fine between trees but on my hammock stand it had a significant ridge down the middle. So today I modded it to an end channel hammock (if thats the right term) and put the little spreader in there, I also tried it sans spreader and there is a definite difference. Tried a few diff spreader configs before I got it to hold still, so there are clearly some forces at work up there. I tried it between a few different trees and it was quite nice, I just got back from trying it on my hammock stand and its 100% different from what it was two nights ago.
I don't think its a perfect solution, but its a good start on the leg ridge thingy.
As always I'm open to ideas on how to make this better. I actually thought of putting the PVC inside the end channel, but it wouldn't fit (should have thought of that before I sewed it.
Here's the pix.
The obligatory foot shot:
The head end.