Originally Posted by headchange4u
I am interested in the hammock, but the shoulder squeeze issue bothers me. I am 5'10" tall, weigh 170 lbs and I wear about 40-41 in a jacket. Can anyone who has used the hammock give me an idea if I may have problems with the squeeze.
I still plan on building one at some point, but my down quilt has priority right now and I still can't seem to find time to work on it.
I think you might be OK, though frame/bone structure will be part of the picture, regardless of weight. Because, at almost 3" taller and 35 lbs heavier( size 45 jacket), if I had only 1" more width on each side, I probably would have been OK shoulder wise. Though I'm not sure that would have been enough to solve my difficulties from trying to draw my legs up when on my side, for which I did not have quite enough room. But I suspect that problem would have been solved also with just an inch or two wider.
Also, my memories of what the exact difficulties were are not razor sharp, and not JUST because of decreasing memory function as I get older( 59 years old TODAY- Whoopee!). It's because I had more room with my thick Thermarest Camprest in the pad pocket. When using that pad, my shoulder room might have been JUST barely adequate, though I still wasn't sure how I was going to keep my shoulders warm without a quilt which would come all the way up past my shoulders. Because even if there was barely room for my shoulders with the pad, there was NOT room for my sleeping bag to loft ( to the sides from my shoulders) at all. I did keep thinking maybe I should just keep the BMBH and use the pad and be done with it. I might have, if it hadn't been for the side loft compression issues, which I could not figure out. Maybe some sort of CCF cut out attached to the sides at shoulder area?
But I can't remember if I could draw my legs up when using the pad. I think the pad helped by causing the floor of the hammock to remain flatter, even elevating me a small amount, keping the hammock bottom from forming such a "V" with me in it. This gave me more shoulder room. It is also a question whether or not a lighter pad would have helped as much. I tried a lighter Ridge rest, but I can't remember if it also gave me more shoulder room on my back or more room for drawing up legs.