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    Quote Originally Posted by Cannibal View Post
    I disagree with that statement, as that photo is pretty much exactly what my Birds look like when they're set. However, it's a really good point for someone trying to find their comfort zone.
    When I've set it up like that I end up waking up in a fetal position down in the footbox area and have to wiggle uphill to get straight again, or just get out and tweak the suspension more. But yeah, it's all a subjective thing. It looks uphill to me, but the picture's at a different angle.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lori View Post
    When I've set it up like that I end up waking up in a fetal position down in the footbox area and have to wiggle uphill to get straight again, or just get out and tweak the suspension more. But yeah, it's all a subjective thing. It looks uphill to me, but the picture's at a different angle.
    It is a poor photo and looks very flat. It doesn't represent the lay very well, and I've re-hung this hammock many times now. But your description sounds somewhat like how I felt. So I am considering raising the foot end a hair.

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    Oh yeah, if the footend is lower than the head, it's no fun for me either. I was talking more about the RL tension. Totally agree on the height of the foot vs head.
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    The uphill head end tends to coincide with a real pronounced ridge in the foot area that actually puts pressure on my calf even when I'm totally diagonal. Not sure if they are really connected or not, but after some practice I can get the right trees and the right angle of the dangle. A higher footbox helps a LOT.

    I'm a lousy eyeball with angles, so I've actually considered carrying a small level with me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dutch View Post
    one more trick i do is take my one leg bend it at the knee so it passes under the other leg. The bent leg isn't gettign any pressure b/c of it's position and the other knee gets elevated from having the first leg under it. Sounds uncomfortable but it really is quite anatural lay for me.
    +1 This also works really well for me. I also have the foot end higher than most I've seen. Dunno if this makes much difference, but I sure get a flatter lay myself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by odds View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by Lonely Raven View Post
    I'm a newb, but once in the hammock, the ridgeline is like a razor.
    A little more sag may give your knees a little relief. As Cannibal said try the diferent levels of sag.
    This brings up a confusion I have about the SRL (I'm a newb myself):

    If the purpose of the SRL is to make the amount of hammock sag consistent, then wouldn't the SRL be taut when the hammock is hung? Otherwise, is it really doing anything? If the SRL isn't taut, isn't that providing for MORE sag than intended?

    Sorry if this isn't making any sense. I can provide a graphic if necessary. lol
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    Quote Originally Posted by dvisic View Post
    This brings up a confusion I have about the SRL (I'm a newb myself):

    If the purpose of the SRL is to make the amount of hammock sag consistent, then wouldn't the SRL be taut when the hammock is hung? Otherwise, is it really doing anything? If the SRL isn't taut, isn't that providing for MORE sag than intended?

    Sorry if this isn't making any sense. I can provide a graphic if necessary. lol
    I've been preaching that sermon here for a long time. SRL should be taut if you want consistency. If you're only comfortable with a slack ridgeline, that just means you need to shorten the ridgeline...then keep the shortened line taut.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Knotty View Post
    I've been preaching that sermon here for a long time. SRL should be taut if you want consistency. If you're only comfortable with a slack ridgeline, that just means you need to shorten the ridgeline...then keep the shortened line taut.
    I always hang my bb with a tight ridge line... so my lay is always the same.

    in other words... +1 on what knotty just said
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    I always start out like Brandon suggested.. Just enough tension to where you can still twist the rl.. From there I will do what makes me happy..

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    You might be better off with a "lefty" BB also; laying on my right side is a little more natural with the way the BB is set up (for me) as I just sink into the contours of the hammock. I can lay on either side and be comfortable, but if you can get more comfortable on your left side, maybe the mirror image of your current setup might be the ticket.

    Also +1 on Dutch's tip, one leg under the other works great for alleviating knee aches. I often put my extra clothing under my legs to keep them from hyper-extending also.
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