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    Big Shoulder Skweez

    Hi - anyone have any luck alleviating shoulder squeeze with a shorter ridge line? I'm experimenting and hope to find nirvana. Here's my deal.

    I'm 5'10 and 185lbs. I have a muscular build with very large shoulders - so my width is a little abnormal and my top half is probably thicker than normal too.

    I am wondering if I shorten the rl by 1" or so, if I'll get a deeper sag and reduce the shoulder pressure and the tendency for my chin to be pushed toward my chest. (yes, as diagonal as possible). Suspension is angled with the feet about 4" higher - equally distanced, and tensioned so that you can still get a "two fingered twist" to go 90 degrees in the RL.

    Thoughts? I really don't want to give up on finding a comfortable hang!

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    What kind of hammock, and how long is it? Longer hammocks deal with leg ridge better and may help shoulder squeeze, too. Also, when experimenting with ridge line length, don't assume that shorter is better. Try longer, as well. I don't know why, but I often have trouble guessing which way to adjust. Finally, use side tie-outs at right ankle and left shoulder (if you sleep that way). I use a 12" loop of 1/8" bungee on each side attached to the hammock, then attach the guy lines to the loops. It's more than I need for a silnylon tarp tie-out, but the side-to-side motion of a hammock when you enter or exit means you need more give. Tighten up the shoulder tie-out a lot. Look at the tension when you're in the hammock, and if necessary tighten it some more. Good luck.

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    Standard WBBB, 1.7 (double layer). I got rid of the leg ridge with better suspension setup (angle, primarily). Just had that squeezy chin to chest feeling last time that made it bad.

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    Can you slide down more toward your foot end. That may open up your top end.
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    It sounds like you were too centered in the hammock. That will put you into the banana lie with shoulder squeeze and a bent back and neck. I'd play around with position in the hammock as well as the other ideas. Keep notes as one loses track with many changes.
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    "Chin to chest" isn't really shoulder squeeze, shoulder squeeze is more "shoulder to shoulder". You might try lowering the head end so it's 10-12" lower than the foot end. not really sure why your shoulders would be signifigantly lower than your head, that's a new one for me. i supose you could be top heavy or something (sl1.7 is normally appropriate for someone 185 though)

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    Quote Originally Posted by warbonnetguy View Post
    "Chin to chest" isn't really shoulder squeeze, shoulder squeeze is more "shoulder to shoulder". You might try lowering the head end so it's 10-12" lower than the foot end. not really sure why your shoulders would be signifigantly lower than your head, that's a new one for me. i supose you could be top heavy or something (sl1.7 is normally appropriate for someone 185 though)
    It's actually both. I'll dial it in - just looking for anyone similarly proportionate and what they may have done to accommodate their physiological challenges. I thought I *might* have been onto something with a slightly shorter RL... maybe not.

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    Big Shoulder Skweez

    Well shorter might help! Or not. Put a loop/knot in your RL, with a small not sharp stick/toggle of some kind in the middle of the knot so u can untie it easy when u r done testing. (Just make sure the toggle can't poke thru the net) Quick n easy way to know, before u make any perm changes. Main thing for me with a bb is to hang the foot end plenty higher but u have probably already done that.
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    Thanks for the inputs!! The recommendation for hanging the head 10-12" lower than the feet is going to be tried tonight. I never exceeded the 6" mark (seriously - I've labbed this up in my shop and have tight controls on variables. Tape measures all over the place).

    On the upside... my kids are in LOVE with their BBs. My daughter says she's never slept better.

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