I am 5'9" 186# athletic build with a beer gut.....
I have tried a 8' x 4', 8' x 5', 8.5' x 5', 9' x 5', 9' x 64" before, and while they all were not too bad I found there was a pronounced calf ridge in all but the 9' one's that I couldn't get rid of no matter the ridgeline length or hang angle (I had a step ladder, it was funny). I think when using a shorter hammock the hang angle and ridgeline length play a huge factor in the comfort, but width must always be considered as a "just as important" factor as well. Going just two inches wider with certain designs has made a huge difference for me as far as comfort and whether or not there is a prominent calf ridge that is uncomfortable or one that is usable.
Currently my user is 9' x 5' (I think that is the correct width, it may be 58"??????)
It has a modified Knotty mod to it, fabric is 1.5rs, and this is by far the most comfy gathered end hammock I have ever used and is the only one I use now.
I am going to make the same hammock but out of 1.0rs if/when I can get my hands on the type I want....
Formerly known as "Cranky Bear"....
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