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    High centerline?

    I'm new to hammocking but I've made a simple hammock and just recently purchased a hennessy (BPULA). The hennessy was amazingly comfortable when I first laid down (the asym design really works it seems) but after a while something began to bother me. The entrance slit seems to hang higher than the rest of the hammock. That means that my left knee has this high centerline under it and I find that annoying.

    Originally I thought that maybe I had done something wrong in setting up the hammock. Perhaps the ridgeline was too tight? But I've seen some posts that suggest that this is a "feature" of the hennessy whipping technique.

    Does this bother anyone else? Has anyone figured out any workarounds?

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    That is the way HHs are made, at least the asym that I had. The way they are tied makes you lay a little flatter when on the diagonal. My third DIY hammock, I tied it like a Hennessy per instructions on this site, and even though I has a HH, I found I didn't like the feel of it and untied it, and re tied it as a normal Eno type. It's just my opinion, some really like the way H's lay. Mule
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    I understand about the asymmetric design making you lay flat. That doesn't bother me, in fact I like it. The problem I have is that entrance slit seems to hang wrong so that the place where I lay is not as flat as the asymmetric shape seems to want to allow. I can feel the entrance slit under my left knee. I would have guess that after the slit was closed you wouldn't be able to feel it.

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    I had the same problem. HH is a well like product, and several people wouldn't use anything else. For me, personally, I didn't like feeling that ridgeline under my legs.

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    I'm very new also, so keep that in mind. And maybe the more experienced guys can correct if I'm wrong....but with that said....the HH is "roll whipped" which is what makes the centerline of the hammock raised a little and then also creates two "pockets" at the head and foot end. This whipping is both the reason for the flatter lay and the slit being higher.

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    I like the high center line on the HH (and my DIY HH). I find that it helps to support my lower back. I've had the problem with my legs you talk about but usually going a little more diagonal solves the problem for me.
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    Okay, just tried this in my backyard and you are right. Going more diagonal essentially solves the problem, or at least mitigates it where I hardly notice. Thanks for helping a newbie!

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    for luxurious comfort, try putting a stuff sac filled with clothes or something similar under your knees, i love it.

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