# Thread: SRL tension vs shortening it

1. Good tip on the biner thanks

2. Originally Posted by Shug
You actually don't want slack....rather you want it right where you can reach up and bend it a bit. Not guitar string tight but able to force a slight bend.
So if you use a ridgeline, ideally you would hang your hammock to achieve the slight bend. If it is slack as opposed to where you set it for your sweet spot then either your suspension is too high up the trees or your hang is too tight. Or both.

Shug,
In the video you state that the green hammock is 10 1/2 feet long and that your ridge line is 92 1/2 inches, which is a good bit (like a foot) less than "the proverbial 83%".

A quick check on my calculator shows that at just under, 73 1/2 %.
126" x 0.83= 104.58 inches & 126" x 0.7341= 92.5 if we round up to the nearest tenth.

Was that like a "verbal typo", or do you indeed have a ~73% of hammock length, ridge line on your green 10 1/2 foot long hammock?

I ask because I have found that (up to a point obviously) a shorter ridge line is more comfortable than a longer one, and have made ridge lines down to ~75% of hammock length, and found them more than acceptable.

Additionally, all the hammocks I've made & sold that have an adjustable ridge line (whoopie) on them, the buyers always found sub 83% to be their preference.

willin'

3. Originally Posted by u.willie
Shug,
In the video you state that the green hammock is 10 1/2 feet long and that your ridge line is 92 1/2 inches, which is a good bit (like a foot) less than "the proverbial 83%".

A quick check on my calculator shows that at just under, 73 1/2 %.
126" x 0.83= 104.58 inches & 126" x 0.7341= 92.5 if we round up to the nearest tenth.

Was that like a "verbal typo", or do you indeed have a ~73% of hammock length, ridge line on your green 10 1/2 foot long hammock?

I ask because I have found that (up to a point obviously) a shorter ridge line is more comfortable than a longer one, and have made ridge lines down to ~75% of hammock length, and found them more than acceptable.

Additionally, all the hammocks I've made & sold that have an adjustable ridge line (whoopie) on them, the buyers always found sub 83% to be their preference.

willin'
I just go with what feels right and pretty much ignore the math.
My mention on video of the 83% is just because that seems to be the status-quo/starting place and if I don'y allude to it many commenters will call me out on it.
But sometimes I am longer than 83% on some hammocks.
Go by feel.

4. I’ve got a feeling I need to go shorter than the 83%....currently have 143” hammock and 120” SRL....when I’ve hung with it slack it’s been way more comfy.

5. Note that hammock calculators to get SRL often use 86% instead of 83%. In that case, a “true” 83% would give more sag. But it’s not a target number; it’s a suggested area/range and you decide where the comfort is for you.

6. Biner wrap.......

biner on ridgeline.jpg

7. Originally Posted by Shug
Biner wrap.......

biner on ridgeline.jpg
Simple and effective (think I’ve been called that in the past), thanks Shug...I’ll try it out.

8. Tried the carabiner trick out at the weekend, I’d already found/setup a good hang with plenty of give in the ridgeline but it definitely helps tidy the ridgeline out the way.
Super comfy, definitely finding the 12’ trail lair needs a slacker hang...for me anyways.
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9. Originally Posted by Norfolk Yeti
Tried the carabiner trick out at the weekend, I’d already found/setup a good hang with plenty of give in the ridgeline but it definitely helps tidy the ridgeline out the way.
Super comfy, definitely finding the 12’ trail lair needs a slacker hang...for me anyways.
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I hang a 12’ trail lair myself, and a loose relaxed hang tension does work. You can also rig some small shock cord on your ridgeline to take up slack. Similar to guyout shock cords. Holds the net up good, but gives when it needs to.

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