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    WBBB ridgeline slack

    The other day I hung the blackbird between two trees that were about 15 feet apart. Straps were wrapped around trees at 6-7ft high.
    After getting in the hammock I noticed the ridgeline still had significant slack. Is this normal?

    I thought, according to the video, that slack should be minimal. Mine flops up and down. What could be the issue and/or solution?

    Thanks,

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    you have 2 options...
    1. tighten the hammock suspension till the RL is taut
    2. leave it slack and lie down. Comfy? then don't worry about it! if no, then see option #1

    seriously, height up the tree/distance between trees/height of hammock off the ground all factor in. ANY of these 3 makes a difference in the RL
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    One of shugs vids showed this and he found an easy solution for this using a piece of cord and an S-biner! It wasn't one of the Newbie vids it was a trip vid that he did with one other person, the title of the vid escapes now!?

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    30 degree angle up to the tree from the logical straight line running tree to tree and through each end of your hammock gets you the perfect tautness of the RL.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tboss70 View Post
    The other day I hung the blackbird between two trees that were about 15 feet apart. Straps were wrapped around trees at 6-7ft high.
    After getting in the hammock I noticed the ridgeline still had significant slack. Is this normal?

    I thought, according to the video, that slack should be minimal. Mine flops up and down. What could be the issue and/or solution?

    Thanks,
    When you are in the hammock and the RL is still "slack", there is more sag in the pitch. To reduce the slack, you'd exit the hammock, shorten the suspension a bit and get back in. If it was a comfortable "lay" to start with, then don't move!!

    The "rule of thumb" is that you should be able to deflect the RL a bit when you are in the hammock. You want to avoid a "guitar-string tight" RL.

    While YMMV, I find having "too much" slack in the RL is far more forgiving and comfortable than having "too little" slack.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cranky Bear View Post
    One of shugs vids showed this and he found an easy solution for this using a piece of cord and an S-biner! It wasn't one of the Newbie vids it was a trip vid that he did with one other person, the title of the vid escapes now!?
    It is on "Shug and Wanderin'Fool ......http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M_XozJ9Br0k
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    Quote Originally Posted by animalcontrol View Post
    height up the tree/distance between trees/height of hammock off the ground all factor in. ANY of these 3 makes a difference in the RL
    AC said it all.

    If the hammock was at a comfortable height from the ground and you need to snug up the suspension to tighten your ridgeline a little, you will probably need to slide the tree huggers down the trees to get the hammock back to a comfortable height for sitting/lounging.


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    Thanks everyone!

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