Originally Posted by pulsemod
I've been reading about HHs for several weeks now. What you speak of is a common criticism of "classic" HHs. There is no way around it. That area will always protrude into a users leg if that particular user's laying sweet spot is close to the velcro opening. Except for short and small people, it seems difficult for many to avoid that area altogether.
This is not an HH and/or Velcro/bottom entry only problem, not at all. It is a common problem for many users of non-bridge hammocks. Some folks suffer mightily with it and some do not.
Want proof it is not simply due to the Velcro/bottom entry? The non bridge hammock which for me clearly has this problem least- which is closest ( and very close indeed) to matching a bridge, is none other than my No Net, but still Velcro bottom entry, HH Safari. Also, I don't think my HH Explorer UL or the HH DJ XL I borrowed from Cannibal for testing are exactly the worst for this problem. They have less calf pressure problems than some I have tried.
Virtually all non-bridge hammocks have that ridge to at least some degree. And if it hits your calf muscle, you are probably going to feel it and it won't feel good. Even my Safari has it, but because it is so big, it usually hits mt in the thigh rather than calf and is a non-issue.
There are about a million threads here on the center ridge pressure issue if you want to search for them. In the mean time, experiment with varying how tight your ridgeline is, and/or hanging the foot higher than the head, and/or putting a nice fluffy pillow or clothing filled stuff sack under your knees(which will also help with any knee hyper-extension problems). As a last resort: bridge hammock. Solves that one problem forever.