The ridgeline was taut - even retightened the 2nd night to make sure. The hammock is the Ultralight Backpacker (for those 6 ft. or under). I am 5' 10 1/2". I had thought that the 6 ft. length would be plenty long but I am thinking I might be happier with a longer length. Does the footbox on the Blackbird make a big difference?
Best I can tell, what makes the difference with the Blackbird really isn't the footbox, as it doesn't affect the lay of the hammock, it's the size. Same with the Explorer.