Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Greensboro, NC
Hammock: HH Expl ULA-2QZQ#2
Thanks for asking matto. This has been gnawing at me too. I just couldn't quite figure out the best way to ask.
Originally Posted by matto
This brings up something that's been on my mind.
As the force diagram shows, the angle of the suspension only effects the tension in the ridgeline -- not the fabric. So why then does getting the right angle make such a difference to the comfort of the lay?
In theory, if the WBBB had a slightly shorter RL you hang it "guitar string tight" and get a perfect lay every time.
(I fully expect that this theory is wrong. I'm hoping someone can explain why. Something to do with being able to shift your body weight when in the hammock maybe?)
Apologies if I'm treading over old ground here.
Thanks for the answer Frawg. I think I understand now.
Originally Posted by Frawg
Problem is that "guitar string tight" is hard to quantify. I set mine more like a washtub bass.
Barring stretch, as long as the ridgeline is taut the hammock lay should feel the same regardless of hang angle. Hang angle does affect the tension in both the ridgeline and the lines to the trees, though. We tend to gravitate (
) to a 30* angle because that sets the tension in the suspension lines at about your body weight. It's the ratio of ridge line length to hammock length that affects the lay more. Somewhere around .85, give or take, seems to be the going number.
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