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    titanium_hiker's Avatar
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    definitely try more sag- I find with my non-structural ridgeline hammock, If I tie it too tight, it's not comfortable at all.

    http://tothewoods.net/HammockWhipping.html might help. (semi related- about edges being floppy)

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    Senior Member Risk's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by Just Jeff View Post
    With 5' wide and 11' long, you should have no problems with shoulder squeeze once you find the right sag. Assuming the material isn't stretching like mine was, at least. But Risk slept in the middle of his for a long time and said he was comfortable that way...as long as it's working for you, there's not a "right" way.
    Agreed.

    I make my hammocks about 48 inches wide and sleeping diagonally is harder, but hanging the hammock too tight will definately put shoulder squeeze into the picture. Also, the more shoulder squeeze, the harder it is to stay warm and the wider the pad needs to be...
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    Thanks for the advice. I am still having a little issue with shoulder squeeze. I woke up this morning with a sore neck that was worsed by a poorly adjusted pack.

    I am going to rewhip the ends making the sides looser. I also am going to try a ridgeline similar to what Doctari was using. I think that will let me pitch with more sag and put the ridgeline farther off of my face. I'll post pics if it works.

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    Just another hanger attroll's Avatar
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    I got the bug again today and took apart my homemade hammock tonight and was trying to tweak it better to my liking. I found that shoulder squeeze was an issue. What I did was gave more slack on the outside edges before i put my warps on the ends so that when I laid in it the outer edges were not pulling tight. That worked for me anyways. I am still tweaking though.

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    Doctari or his friend had an idea that I might try. I'm not sure how it would work but I could whip the 2 corners of the ends seperatly. That would seperate them and pull on the sides less. That might work the way I want to try my ridgeline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by attroll View Post
    I am still tweaking though.
    That'll get you jailed or elected in Damascus.

    Thanks for this site, Troll. It's so much less stressful than the green-colored one, and hopefully we can all keep it that way!

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