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    The cheater way to see what your angle is is to have a smart phone with a bubble level app that tells you. Or you could use the quick and dirty rule of thumb. When you make a right angel with your thumb and index finger the line between your finger tips is roughly 30*.

    I could be wrong, really hard to judge distance in pictures, but it looks like your span is more in the neighborhood of 20 ft, 8-9ft for ridgeline and 5-6ft to each tree. If that is the case you'd want your straps to be over 7ft up the tree.

    Keep messing with it and find that sweet spot, then it's nap time.

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    Even before using the hang calculator, you can use a "seat of the pants" guess and get pretty close.

    What I do is to simply take a look at the angle of the hammock itself and try to imagine the suspension lines extending up at this same angle. After your suspension roughly matches the hammock, you then begin to fine tune with the hang calculator or just jump in and try to bend the ridgeline.

    It's difficult to show because of the photo angle, but here's roughly how I see it.
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    I can also recommend the phone app, or if you wait a bit Tato gear, will be releasing some hammock specific levels in the near future called Hangles

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    Quote Originally Posted by macinnisl View Post
    I'm going to guess about... 13ish feet. I have other backyard tree's. I'll plug into that calculator and see what my distance should be.

    Thanks folks
    No way those trees are 13 ft. apart. A Dangerbird is probably 10 or 11 foot long, and it looks like you have six ft. on either side, in which case your trees are 22 ft. away from each other. The hang calculator says your straps should be 8 ft. up the tree, and yet you are much shallower.

    That's what it looks like to me, anyways.

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    Yep...time to measure the distance between trees because your "guess" is way off.

    As others have said, it's 20+ feet between the trees and the straps need to be raised a few feet higher.

    Thumb up or down, use the 30* calculators you have with you...


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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
    ...What I do is to simply take a look at the angle of the hammock itself and try to imagine the suspension lines extending up at this same angle. After your suspension roughly matches the hammock, you then begin to fine tune with the hang calculator or just jump in and try to bend the ridgeline. ...
    Yep, that's what I do, too. I don't want any "break" in my suspension. I want the hammock and suspension the form two straight lines, angling down to each other. If you have a big "break" in your suspension, you're really just using your ridge line to hold the right sag.

    Also, you can use a bottle of water or Gatorade turned on its side for a level. Just hold it up in front of your face parallel to the hammock. Compare the ridge line to the water level.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KyleEiger View Post
    I can also recommend the phone app, or if you wait a bit Tato gear, will be releasing some hammock specific levels in the near future called Hangles
    Just checked and hangles are available at Dutchware now.

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    Aside from the ridge line flex test, how does it feel?

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    Quote Originally Posted by PapaSmurf View Post
    Simply take a look at the angle of the hammock itself and try to imagine the suspension lines extending up at this same angle.
    I was messing around with hang angles this weekend and this really seems to be the best and simplest method.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pipsissewa View Post
    . . . You can make yourself one of these hammock levels out of a plastic oatmeal or margarine top.

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    Hang it from your ridge line with a bread twistie tie. Judge the levelness of your ridge line with the top edge. Judge the 30 degree angles of the suspension with the side edges.
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