Well, I think it's a done deal for me, and I am probably going to be sticking to the looser pitch when possible. Possible being when I can attach high enough in the trees. I just experimented some more, in the back yard. Not ideal, because my cross bars may not be quite high enough for a looser ridge-line. But still, it's just plain better for me, except for the dang net.
I hung the hammock, and started with a really loose ridge-line, too loose. I figured this by the fact that when I sat in it, the ridge line was sagging down a bit. Still though, comfortable to sit in and I bet to lie in. Now here is where the Hitchcraft really shines: the ability to easily and rapidly make minute adjustments(I don't think I'm going to need it's ability to really tighten any more). So I would hop out and make 1/2" adjustments right to the point where the ridge-line started becoming reasonably tight (that is, not obviously hanging down after weighting) and to where comfort just started to decrease. Then back up a smidgen. Once again, this resulted in me being able to lie flat enough that there was zero knee discomfort! I even had adequate knee comfort when not on the diagonal. And I could lay on my side, and there was that automatic little pillow formed by the hammock fabric. WooHoo! And I have to say it is really great to be able to sit there in comfort with my feet out of the bottom entry and put my shoes on for a change! Just like in my very loosely pitched Speer!
Plus, shouldn't this maybe put a little ( or a lot?) less stress on the suspension and trees?
Could it be that my already considerable comfort in the HH has now increased? For now, it looks like I'm going to stick with the greater comfort of the moderately tight pitch. Of course, that's just me in my hammock, YMMV and probably will.
I will just have to find a way to deal with the net, even if I finally just cut it off!
I have considered the possibility that I am able to stretch the stock HH ridge line, causing slight shoulder squeeze, and that if I replaced with a stronger cord it might not stretch. But still, it seems I am finding the most comfortable lie when after tightening, I am able to grab the hammock suspension knot and pull and still be able to move it an inch or 2. I still can't get over having comfortable kees without having to put something under them. I probably would have never stumbled on this had it not been for the ability to tighten too much with the HC, which clearly made the case for a TOO tight pitch, even with the structural ridge-line. At least making the case for me.
Last edited by BillyBob58; 09-29-2007 at 14:18..