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    Issue with laying flat in Grand Trunk SBP

    First legitimate test-hang with the Skeeter Beeter Pro today, and I'm already considering an upgrade to a longer hammock. The problem I've run into with this hammock, at least I think it might be a problem anyway, is that I can't seem to get a proper flat lay in it. While my lower body was laying pretty flat, my chest and head seemed a bit more elevated than they should be (not sure if this is considered normal or not TBH). Since this is my first time actually getting to test it (for more than just a couple minutes), I'm honestly not sure if I'm doing something wrong, or if it's simply too short for my 6' 2" body. What would be your guys' suggestions and recommendations?
    The pic below is how I had it set up today during a break on a 10+ mile hike in the foothills. I probably hung out there monkeying around with it for about a half hour before finally packing it up to continue on down the trail.

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    Try a little more sag so you can get a little more diagonal. I've found in any gathered end I've ever laid in, that I'm never perfectly flat.
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    Oh, okay. I'll have to give that a shot next time I get a chance to hang it up. Probably a silly question, but would it cause any harm to the hammock or suspension if I ended up having to run the suspension at a 45+ degree angle? During today's test, I was trying to keep it close as possible to the apparently ideal 30 degrees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scarecrow View Post
    Oh, okay. I'll have to give that a shot next time I get a chance to hang it up. Probably a silly question, but would it cause any harm to the hammock or suspension if I ended up having to run the suspension at a 45+ degree angle? During today's test, I was trying to keep it close as possible to the apparently ideal 30 degrees.
    You can do that. You'll just have higher fabric walls at your sides.
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    As Bubba said play with the sag and as for me, I found I like my feet a lot higher than most folks.
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    I find that I start out using about 30degree but will move up/down from there depending on the specifics of the hammock I happened to be using. I use an adjustable ridgeline until I get it just right then I replace the adjustable with a fixed RL so I don't have to mess with it again.

    I also find that I get a better lay if my feet are higher than my head. Personally I go for about 6 inches higher but some like more/some less. It took me days to get my ENO tweeked in and then I never liked it much. My 11' Dutch took me about 30 minutes and it was good.
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    Thanks for the feedback, guys. After looking at it again and reading your comments, I think my head end might've been too high as well in addition to the sag factor. I really like the idea of having a fixed ridgeline as you mentioned, dkurfiss, but not sure how to install one on here unless I did something like a grizz mod to it. That'll be something to play with later on.

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