Originally Posted by rodwolfy
With many of the gathered end hammocks, you can only get a flat lay by going asym. There are a few exceptions like the DD, Clark, SB, BMBH and likely the soon to be released Warbonnet Bridge.
With the SB, you don't want the 30 degree angle coming off the tree. MacEntyre's experience mimic'd mine. I started at 25 degrees and went progressively steeper. After about the third adjustment, I noticed it was getting worse. When I went the other way - really tightening it up (just pulling the straps tighter through the rings), I found it was way more comfortable.
I did notice a little shoulder squeeze, like Rip said, but the SB has tie-outs on all four 'corners' so you can spread it out.
I've never used the pullouts to prevent shoulder squeeze.
If I had to do that the hammock would be to tightly strung IMO.
Any angle between 20 and 25 degrees gives me a perfect lay without any additional fiddling. One of the best features for me. Hang it and your done.