Originally Posted by Javaman
I pull my hammock as tight as it can get between the trees.
There's been a lot written on HF about that. With a structural ridgeline, the hammock is going to be no flatter for making the ridgeline tighter. It just makes the ridgeline, you know, tighter.
I do the opposite, hanging the hammock loose and low initially. I raise the hammock by tightening the suspension through the rings, until the ridgeline just becomes tight. Then I adjust the height of each end of the hammock (I like it slightly head-end low) by moving the huggers up or down on the trees.
I find that when I suspend the hammock this way, it tends to stay where I put it, so there is no need to sit in it, then adjust again.