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    Would appreciate a little help troubleshooting a problem.

    In trying to find my sweet spot in my 1.7D BB, I am experiencing the following.

    When I get my ridgeline at the correct tension I have a bad calf ridge. So, I raised the foot end about 6 inches on the tree and lengthened the strap on the foot end a few inches to get my height off the ground at a comfortable position, then the ridgeline is sagging. Seems as though correcting one thing creates another problem. I am sure this is a novice problem, I just don't know how to fix it. I feel like I'm going around in a circle.
    Thanks in advance for the help.
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    If its comfy with a sagging ridgeline i say leave it. I think the pourpuse of raising the foot end is so the hammock is physicaly higher on the foot end changes the way you lay in the hamock. You can try hanging the foot end closer to the tree that has worked for me as well. Good luck

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    How wide are your trees? Sounds like your on the right track. Maybe somewhere in between.
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    The ridgeline is more for guidance than a mandate IMO. Finding the "sweet spot" that works for you is the key. My experience suggests that a bit more slack in the ridgeline is to be preferred over a tight/taut ridgeline.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mattyg View Post
    If its comfy with a sagging ridgeline i say leave it. I think the pourpuse of raising the foot end is so the hammock is physicaly higher on the foot end changes the way you lay in the hamock. You can try hanging the foot end closer to the tree that has worked for me as well. Good luck
    Thanks matty, I'll try moving the foot end closer and see what happens.

    Quote Originally Posted by Shug View Post
    How wide are your trees? Sounds like your on the right track. Maybe somewhere in between.
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    Shug they are just a few inches over 15 feet apart. I'll also try adjustments in smaller increments. I just hope I learn something here in the yard so I don't have much trouble in the woods.

    Quote Originally Posted by beep View Post
    The ridgeline is more for guidance than a mandate IMO. Finding the "sweet spot" that works for you is the key. My experience suggests that a bit more slack in the ridgeline is to be preferred over a tight/taut ridgeline.
    Beep, that makes sense. Maybe a slack ridgeline is the key for me IDK.

    I'll keep working at it, I sure do appreciate the guidance!
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    I agree with the advice about changing up your position a little, and that the ridgeline doesn't have to be taut if it's comfortable.

    All other things being equal...you might just prefer to shorten your ridgeline a small amount...
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    Quote Originally Posted by angrysparrow View Post
    I agree with the advice about changing up your position a little, and that the ridgeline doesn't have to be taut if it's comfortable.

    All other things being equal...you might just prefer to shorten your ridgeline a small amount...
    Thanks angrysparrow.

    When you say change my position a little are you talking about my physical position in the hammock or changing the position of the hammock? IE; suspension length, distance from the tree and height of the suspension on the tree? Thanks much.
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    Just my 2 cents here and I know I don't have the experience of others, but my first thought was to get it comfortable (with the saggy ridgeline) then adjust the ridgeline to fit your good fit. Yes, no, maybe so?
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    If you raise the foot end and then lengthen the strap you are starting to negate raising the foot end in the first place. Instead of raising the foot end 6 inches and then lengthening the foot end suspension to lower the hammock, try raising the foot end 3 inches and lowering the head 3 inches and don't change the strap lengths.

    Also, try raising the foot end to the point where when you are in the hammock you are more towards the head end and more towards your right. I have read that some people even have the foot end 12 inches higher than the head.

    The ridgeline is a guide for me most of the time. When you find where you are comfortable take note of the ridgeline. If it's really sagging, you may have to shorten it. Sometimes it takes time to find your comfort zone. Keep at it!
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    You might try using an adjustable ridgeline until you get a good balance of sag with taut ridgeline. I guess it all depends on what you want to use your ridgeline for.

    Also, I have a DIY hammock and for some reason the cloth hangs slightly different at each end. I found switching the end I lay my head at changes how the hammock feels. (or maybe it's all just on my head)

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