Originally Posted by Mustardman
The only time I've experienced calf pressure in my blackbird was when I had it hung too tight. If the ridgeline is loose when the hammock is empty, and just barely taut when I get into the hammock, there is no calf pressure whatsoever. YMMV, obviously.
Right, I have tried about every RL tension combo, from pretty tight to pretty loose and in between, and it just hasn't made much difference for me. As well as positioning myself either higher or lower in the hammock, no matter. I have really been envying you guys who reported no leg pressure, even if you had to use a looser hang to get it. So the easiest way to deal with it for me is a jacket or something under the knees. Or at least a leg pad, sometimes (not always) that was enough. But trying this different positioning to the right has allowed me to escape the calf pressure while paying little attention to the RL.
At least for the last few times it has been nice. I hope it keeps working for me! Not that it is a big deal having something under the knees. You could make a case for it, for ultimate comfort and insulation, even if there was no leg pressure. And then you don't have to even worry about RL tension or exact positioning in the hammock. It's just that- depending on time of year- there may not always be unused clothes available.