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    How can I use a pillow?

    This is about the silliest question y'all have probably heard all day but, on my hang this weekend I couldn't use a pillow because my chin was pretty much to my chest anyway because of how the hammock lay. I played around with sag and settled on the flattest lay I could get on the diagonal. It was somewhat flat but there was no way I could use a pillow without cranking my neck up to my chest. I assume I'm doing something wrong. What is it?

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    What pillow?
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    I find the hammock has a natural pillow. That's why your chin is in your chest.
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    Quote Originally Posted by backpackingZombie View Post
    What pillow?
    Any pillow. It seems that the majority of hangers sleep with little inflatable pillows or even the Total Pillow orwhat not. But I can't imagine why anyone would use a pillow if they are sleeping remotely like I am. My chin is already almost touching my chest.

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    I find all I need is to support my neck a little. I use a small down pillow that provides just enough neck support and keeps my head warm. I have in the past used a folded up T-shirt. Try playing with various thicknesses of materials. I have also on occasion not even used a pillow so maybe try that as well.
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    I can't speak to how you might change your hanging methods. I'm set on Hennessy Hammocks. The ridgeline setup keeps the same sag use after use, so I have no experience with adjusting sag.

    I do use a pillow in my hammock. StoveStomper on another list suggested cutting off the uninflated part of a 3-sided swimming aid that is worn around a child's upper arm. The remaining part can be inflated to fit the curve of my neck. That is all I need in a hammock. If I have to sleep on the ground for some reason, I use the cut-down swimmie with some clothing or an inflatable pillow inside a stuff sack. The arthritis in my neck make it more important for me to maintain my neck curve than to cushion my head.

    I hope this can help you.
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    my pillow is my clothes bag. about 1 1/2" thick and the insulation where my 2/3 quilt ends. ive never understood this pillow stuff, but that's just me.
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    I use a thermarest compressible pillow and love it.

    I find that the use of a pillow is awesome, and that neck pain is more related to a bad hang angle.
    When it seems like the night will last forever
    And there's nothing left to do but count the years
    When the strings of my heart start to sever
    And stones fall from my eyes instead of tears
    I will walk alone by the black muddy river
    And dream me a dream of my own
    -Jerry

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    I use one of these http://www.jacksrbetter.com/Pillow.htm at 30% inflated to prevent my knogging from moving about and waking up with a sore neck. More or less "keeps the old coconut in place" - works like a charm and very light weight.

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    Thanks for your input guys. It seems everybody does their own thing. I guess it varies per person, per hammock, per hang. Thanks everyone.

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