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    Calf Squeeze

    Ok, I have looked on the forum and I have not found an answer to this question. Does anyone else experience calf squeeze (presser) in there WBBB. I got mine about one month ago and have spent countless times in the yard and two night out backpacking. How do you get rid of the squeeze? I know it can be done, I just don't know how. Any tips. It's my left leg by the way.

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    are you sleeping on your side or back? here is a recent thread aboout side sleeping:

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...494#post460494

    hth!

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    you can try:

    making sure the foot end is higher by a noticeable amount

    lay more toward the head end

    move your torso slightly closer to center (more space between left shoulder and zipper)

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    Quote Originally Posted by krshome View Post
    Ok, I have looked on the forum and I have not found an answer to this question. Does anyone else experience calf squeeze (presser) in there WBBB. I got mine about one month ago and have spent countless times in the yard and two night out backpacking. How do you get rid of the squeeze? I know it can be done, I just don't know how. Any tips. It's my left leg by the way.
    This comes up a bit..... try to put your suspension up higher on the tree. Lots of folks on here put a stuff sack under their knees to relieve. Maybe raise the foot-end higher than the head.

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    I have had decent success with a stuff sack under my knees.

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    Quote Originally Posted by krshome View Post
    Ok, I have looked on the forum and I have not found an answer to this question. Does anyone else experience calf squeeze (presser) in there WBBB. I got mine about one month ago and have spent countless times in the yard and two night out backpacking. How do you get rid of the squeeze? I know it can be done, I just don't know how. Any tips. It's my left leg by the way.
    It is probably the most common complaint/drawback about gathered end( or non-bridge) hammocks in general, and WB is no exception. There are quite a few threads about this subject. For example:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=31443

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=31425

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=29479

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=28931

    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=27387

    That should keep you busy, these are BB specific, plus there is about a million other posts about calf pressure in non-bridge hammocks. Probably the vast majority of commercial non-bridge hammocks have this problem at least for a lot of folks. ( I think the longer commercial and DIY hammocks are less likely to have the problem) But some hammocks no doubt have it much worse than others. Also, some people ( like me ) seem to have trouble with this a lot more than other folks do.

    Except possibly for the HH Safari, the only hammock I have found that is- for me- 100% free of this problem ( or any knee/leg related problem) 100% of the time is a bridge hammock, specifically the JRB BMBH- though it may have a few of it's own issues. Some others have very little, at least most of the time. But it only takes a tiny bit of this pressure ( and/or knee hyper-extension) to ruin an otherwise glorious nights sleep. So I suggest you just plan to put some thing soft and a few inches thick( IOW something like a small pillow/stuff sack) under your knees and be done with it, though some folks (not me) are able to solve the problem by experimenting with ridge line tension, and/or the tricks WBG mentions.
    For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed to us....that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now.
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    Foot end 6" to 8" above head end.

    At least 30 degrees of suspension angle with a relatively loose ridge line.

    Shorten up ridge line 1" to 2". I use a knot bone and just wrap 3 to 4 wraps around the bone. No cutting or drastic mod needed.

    Tinkering around with these ideas I can get rid of almost all of the calf squeeze.
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    As you can see, it appears that you just have to keep on experimenting until you find the solution - or not. Hammocks aren't for everybody, at least that's what I've read here and there. So... to add to the mix, I've discovered that my calf issues with the WBBB seem to disappear when I hang the hammock with the ridgeline tight

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    how 'bout completely avoiding the footbox and just laying on the other diagonal? or, put a pillow under your knees.

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