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    How much higher do you put the foot than head

    Took my CJH out for the first time this weekend. First , I think my trees were too close together and I had too much sag.I had my foot end about a foot higher than the head. My legs were uncomfortable all night and I had trouble sleeping.Please Instruct me.

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    I've never measured it really but probably 6 to 8 inches seems right to me. I hang it and then make adjustments until I can wiggle around and not sink to the center of the hammock. That's where I stop.

    If you have too much sag then you end up like a folded banana and that is not very comfortable. I like the trees to be between 13 and 17 feet apart to make tying up a little easier.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZooBee View Post
    Took my CJH out for the first time this weekend. First , I think my trees were too close together and I had too much sag.I had my foot end about a foot higher than the head. My legs were uncomfortable all night and I had trouble sleeping.Please Instruct me.
    i have tried the clark north american hammock,they are short and narrow
    most uncomfortable hammock i have ever tried.neo
    the matrix has you

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    Yeah if I had to guess I think I put mine about 5-6 inches higher. I also think that the amount of distance between the tress is more important than the foot end height. My reason is as you move the trees further apart you can get the hammock to hang with less sag. So try the 13-17 foot distance and see if that helps straighten the hammock more and then mess with foot to head end height. Outside of all the folks that are going to reply to your question you will be the best person to answer it once you get it dialed to your liking. Now that doesn't give you a place to start (Which is a guess on my part as to why you asked) but once you get your hang you will understand that no one can tell you the perfect way to hang. I borrowed ideas from about 5 diff people before I figured out I like my Clark tighter than most with almost no sag and again my head may be all of 5" lower than my feet. But that's just my $.02, which you should pay no attention to if you read my post.

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    Welcome to HF, ZooBee.

    I'm one of those people who like the Clark extra tight. Sag is not my friend in the Clark.

    Try pitching it different ways, and see what happens.

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    Thanks I'm going out again this weekend and I'll experiment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by photomankc View Post
    If you have too much sag then you end up like a folded banana and that is not very comfortable.
    Right on. I'm experimenting with sag and discovering new pains when I sleep on my side when there's too much sag.

    Bananas don't have hips. Advantage banana.

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    Yeah, experiment. It depends on the hammock design and materials. I set up at least a foot higher at the foot.

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    It really seems to be a personal thing. Most start 3-8" I believe. I hang mine (ENO Doublnest) about 8" high right now but I'm still trying to get it dialed in. One interesting thing happened today after my nap. I was looking at the higher foot end and thought I wonder what it would feel like if my head end was that high. I did a 180 in the hammock and laid there for awhile. I thought I would instantly sink to the lower end which didnt happen. I actually found it very very comfortable. Granted I only laid like that for about 10 minutes but it will be something I will experiment with more. Seems kinda bizarre but as soon as I find a hang I like I start playing around seeing if I can make it even more comfy. Sometimes it works sometimes it dosnt. Keep playing around and you'll get it. I am going to utah for christmas and plan on stopping by the clark store to look around and hopefully try the hammocks out prior to buying.

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    I tend to wind up with the foot around maybe 3" to 6"? Mostly, I hang the hammock up, and then sleep with my head at the lower side. It's hard to get it level and now I don't worry about it. I too have experimented with the head being higher, but I always wind up sinking to where my feet try to go thru the foot end. It takes longer than ten minutes, usually happens while I'm sleeping.

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