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    Senior Member Lepmeister's Avatar
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    Practice is the key for me!
    Ridgeline tension was one area i played with and ended up going back to the suggested.
    Footend high was another, now run about 6" higher.
    The biggest change was when i started chnaging where in the hammock i was. I found the best spot when my sholder was just about on the zipper, and feet in the foot box.

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    The received wisdom around here is that structural ridgeline "sets the sag", so that if the ridgeline is taut, the ends of the hammock cannot get any farther apart, no matter what the tension on it (at least until the breaking point of the ridgeline, obviously). Changing the height of the straps changes the tension, but in theory, the lay of the hammock is insensitive to that in the range of heights where the ridgeline is taut.

    If the ridgeline cord does not stretch, this explanation makes sense to me.
    So I'm interested in the several responses whose experience is that strap height and ridgeline tension matters. In theory, practice and theory agree but in practice they don't?

    In my own experience in a Blackbird, I need to scoot my body around to deal with the tension down the center of the hammock. No matter what hammock I'm in, I move around a lot at night and with each move am positioning to accomodate that ridge.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lepmeister View Post
    Practice is the key for me!
    Ridgeline tension was one area i played with and ended up going back to the suggested.
    Footend high was another, now run about 6" higher.
    The biggest change was when i started chnaging where in the hammock i was. I found the best spot when my sholder was just about on the zipper, and feet in the foot box.
    My experience exactly. The moment I got my left shoulder on the zipper I was home free!
    Something hidden. Go and find it. Go, and look behind the Ranges. Something lost behind the Ranges. Lost and waiting for you . . . Go! - Rudyard Kipling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffy View Post
    My experience exactly. The moment I got my left shoulder on the zipper I was home free!
    ^^^This is the magic spot for me as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    ^^^This is the magic spot for me as well.
    me also. I have an adjustable ridge line also. I hung this last weekend and the only two trees at my designated campsite, were too far apart. Just meant the SRL was taunt. I slept fine as the SRL is adjusted so the hammock doesn't change.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Duffy View Post
    My experience exactly. The moment I got my left shoulder on the zipper I was home free!
    On the zipper...wow that's pretty far left. But you say its your sweet spot...now you got my curiosity going and i'm gonna have to set up and try it out :beer:

    Just as soon as this nor eastern moves outta here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gmcttr View Post
    ^^^This is the magic spot for me as well.
    Yep! My shoulder is only about an inch or so away. Actually, I don't see how it's possible to lie at the intended angle and not be this close.

    I'm 5'9, 150lbs (if that matters) and I struggled for days, even weeks in my back yard trying to get comfortable. What really solved it for me was to give up and take a break, just get out in the backcountry and deal with it. It was a miracle how just getting a different set of trees and frame of mind helped. My first backcountry hang was rediculously comfortable!

    I would recommend not trying to sleep on your side, but just a VERY slight turn to the left to ease any hypertension. Both knees bent just a tad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by armnyc View Post
    I had the same problem in the beginning when i purchased my WBBB DL 1.7. It took me some time to dial it in. I spent a whole month in Astoria Park trying to figure it out whats all the hype.
    Wow! I heard this (HF) was a friendly service and I heard right!
    A whole month! Whew! I guess it's not instant for everyone after all!
    Thanks for all the suggstions everyone! I will keep practicing with it.
    The problem is that I have no trees in my yard. I had to rig up a pole close to my porch support post to get it hung. It's just under 6' (rigged pole).
    I've been to the park several times and got a pretty good hang, but not that ahhh feeling.
    I love everything else about the hammock so far. Again, I will continue to practice like everyone said.
    Thanks
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dulcimer View Post
    It's just under 6' (rigged pole).
    I've been to the park several times and got a pretty good hang, but not that ahhh feeling.
    Sounds like it's time to build a stand! The following is my personal favorite:
    http://www.hammockforums.net/forum/s...ad.php?t=51787
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  10. #20
    i've recently started to believe that the calf ridge issue, no matter the hammock in question, is at least somewhat if not mainly caused by folks laying too close to the foot end of the hammock, laying closer to the head end seems to help alot. laying closer to the head end will also require one to lower the head end even more than normal depending on how close to the head end you are.

    try moving more toward the head end and see if that helps.

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