Originally Posted by obxh2o
I have both the Warbonnet BlackBird and Traveler. Never had a "dreaded leg ridge" problem in either one.
Originally Posted by OutandBack
I have owned most of the top brand hammocks and found the TtoT switchback 1.9 single and WL snipe 1.5 single to have no calf pressure no matter how I hang it.
Minimal fiddle factor.
I have scratched my head as to why and not come up with any good reason.
Both hammocks do not have a SRL and seem to be comfortable with angles from 20-35 degrees.
It is kind of funny how it works, don't you think? I spent my 1st nights hammocking in a HHEXPL UL with SS, one week in the high mountains. I had many problems on that trip, and many with the hammock, but I don't remember ever having calf problems. Maybe some slight knee hyper-extension, but don't remember pressure. As unpleasant as I find that pressure to be, I don't see how I could have missed it. Now when I use that hammock, I am aware of pressure and have to get arranged just right in order not to have it, but I can get there.
Many have reported it with the WB hammocks, some have it but can work it out, some can not ever work it out, and some never feel it. What is the variable?
I also suspect that the fabric and double pad layers have something (?) to do with it. WBG (Brandon) has reported he has none at all with single layer 1.1s.
O and B quoted above has zero problem- no matter how he hangs them- with " TtoT switchback 1.9 single
and WL snipe 1.5 single
". I have a single layer 1.9(?) Speer that is only 8.5 ft long
, and I never have any significant calf pressure with it. I have a single layer(and huge) Safari and no problems with it.
I have the double layer
WL Lite Owl, and don't yet have much experience with it yet, but I can not put it in the "NO" calf pressure category yet. It never has much, and I can always find a position where it has none or very close to none. Which puts it in the same category with my 10 ft long, narrow dbl layer Claytor No Net, maybe a very slight bit better.
For me, the closest to a bridge in this regard is still my HH Safari. I have always attributed that to the huge size of that hammock. Very long(138" ), very wide(68" between tie outs) and lots of sag ( 112"RL or .81). My theory: the ridge is in the middle. With any non-bridge, doing like OldGringo says and having my butt closer to the foot side ( on the diagonal) puts my calf further from the center. Moving my body closer to the head side puts my calf closer to the center ridge. So the Safari with it's huge dimensions and tons of sag allows me to get my calf far away from the center ridge with room to spare. So, no ridge/calf pressure.
That has been my theory anyway, but maybe it's single layer also has something to do with it. Who knows?