Originally Posted by oldgringo
Conversely, creating a gather in the end of a channel end hammock, and then larksheading your suspension on behind it, will shorten the effective length of the hammock. The general consensus here holds that longer is more comfortable.
I agree. For example the Claytor hammocks come with webbing suspension that is designed to wrap around the tree in a manner that spreads the ends out simulating a longer hammock. Almost everyone changes out the suspension to a "better" system. Most of the time they cinch the end down tight which makes the ends shorter across. If they larkshead a whoopie sling to the end they shorten it even more. The same thing happens to a Clark if you cinch the end down. Then you get the complaints about how these hammocks are too short