Gathered up my basic rig today and headed out for a trial set-up.
First thing I learned was that 42" tree huggers won't wrap a 14" tree (ya, I know PiR2) ... so for practical purposes these straps are just too limiting, (although in hindsight, I guess I could have rigged a spacer.) This meant I had to pass up a half dozen perfect spots and settle on an 18 foot spread.
I was expecting to set the straps about 6' high, but the next thing I learned was that the further the trees are apart, the higher the straps have to go. I ended up with the huggers about 7.5 feet high to get 30degrees and keep my butt off the ground. (As it was, I was only about 10")
Next thing I learned is that the higher the straps and longer the suspension, the more the suspension interferes with/determines how you can hang an independant tarp.
Did get a satisfactory set-up (pic that doesn't exist goes here)
... I did manage to come really close to finding the sweet spot in the hung hammomck, except for my neck being ever so slightly flexed (chin to chest), no matter how I tried to adjust myself headward or footward. I'm thinking I might need to extend the SRL a tad.
Anyway, the campsites I use while canoe tripping are frequently dominated by mature white pines, so I'm in the market for some 6' huggers.