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    Would I be better off in a Bridge Hammock

    I have circulation problems with my feet. I can't tell you how many times I have had a bad night in my gathered end hammock. Need to get rid of the tingles some how. Any suggestions?
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    Could you give us some details on your DIY dbl layer with pad pockets Hammock ?

    Have you tried any of our vendors hammocks? If so, length and width?

    Are you a back or side sleeper?

    Sorry for all the questions. A bridge hammock is kind of expensive if you could get a gathered end to work.
    We are about the same age UnoGear I've felt the pins and needles in my heals before. Side sleeping in an 11x60
    fixed it for me.
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    Could be a longer gathered end might work. I am 6' 2" tall my hammock is 10.5' by 60". Most of my recent tests have been in my hammock stand in the back yard does not lend it self to a lot of moving around so I try to stay on my back. Keeping my feet lower than my heart is critical for my circulation problems. Raising the foot end brings on the tingles but does get rid of the calf pressure. Lowering the foot end and I just end up sliding toward the center of the hammock that again raises my feet. There is a sweet spot there someplace but some nights it is impossible to find.
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    Not being able to move around thru the night could be part of the problem.
    Will your stand work with a longer hammock?
    If so maybe just whip one up for a test
    no cutting, or sewing just a bed sheet folded into a rectangle and some rope to gather the ends.
    Heck I'd try 12' x 65" if you've got the material.

    Another test would be wider so you can lay even more diagonal.

    If your diagonal reaches 90 degrees you've got a bridge, haha
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    Thanks for the help and suggestions O&B. Definitely some more experimenting in my future. The TD stand can be make longer just by adding a longer pole. My thinking is to go right to 12 feet and 65 inches. If that does not work then I will consider the bridge hammock. I will keep you posted. I love being outdoors to much to not be able to figure this out. Thanks Again.
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    I myself am also 6'2" and have found that width is better than length to get rid of calf pressure. The reason I say this is to let you know that you will not have to raise your legs too much above your head to get your sweet spot.

    Your best bet though is like you thought and get a bridge. They are not much more expensive than other cottage hammocks, just a different style. The difference in price pays for the difference in extended labor times making the hammock. This is my advice to you.
    "We do not go to the green woods and crystal waters to rough it, we go to smooth it."- G. W. Sears

    My forum name is Fish<><; I'm in the navy; and I hate sleeping on the ground. If I didn't need ground to walk on or measure resistance to, I think I could happily give it up.

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    My Eureka Moment x2

    Trying figure out why I was having such a hard time with the Tingles in my feet. Sitting around one night I was thinking OK what is different between the first time you climbed in to the Skeeter Beater Pro you bought and now.
    The first time I got in the GTSBP I laid down and 3 hours later when I finally woke up I went this is pretty cool, and it all went down hill from there.
    But then Eureka moment 1 I remembered that the Skeeter Beater comes with out a SRL and I had added one to the GTSBP and my DIY double layer. Took the SRL off the DITDL and jumped in I kept adjusting the Whoopies until the tingling lessened quite a bit.
    The next thing I did was read the Thread about mini spreader bars all 508 posts. MY final conclusion was to fix the calf ridge pressure problem you really don't need a spreader bar just make sure you suspension is centered directly over the center of your gathered end with the same amount of material on both sides. When I originally put the suspension on ny hammocks I put a 6 inch continuous loop through the channel then looped end through the other and connected them to a ring and a whoopie sling to the ring also.
    Eureka moment number 2 undid the suspension unlooped the continuous loop and put both sides in a carabiner also but the ring in the carabiner. Hung the hammock and made sure the material was adjusted as even as i could get it on the carabiner. Voila no more calf ridge gone completely and a no more tingly feet I only hung for about a half an hour and still need to do overnight test but I think I gotter fixed.... Heres Hoping.
    Just so you know I looks like I will need to add at least 12" to my ridge line.
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    Congrats UG, looks like your experiments are paying off.
    2 of my 3 favorite hammocks don't have SRL and I have no plans to add one.
    Sometime they hurt more than help.
    O&B
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    Foot end 1' higher than head does it for me.

    I do have a GTUL that I use from time to time. No ridge line works better for it. Maybe because it's a little short compared to my WBBB.

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    I was brand new to the hammock thing not to long ago. After all of my research I decided a bridge hammock was the right choice for me, so I bough it. I went with a WBRR and it is one awesome hammock. My only complaint with it is I cannot sleep on my side and I am a side sleeper. I can lay on my side but I cannot put my arm where I would normally as it hits the side of the hammock and is very uncomfortable.
    So now after I have put a lot of money into the bridge hammock and all of the extras for it I have decided I would like to try a gathered end to see if I can sleep on my side. I really want to try the Warbonnet BB XLC but I dont want to drop the cash if it doesn't work for me. Does anyone sleep on thier side in a gathered end? I would consider selling all of my bridge hammock stuff if I thought I would be more comfortable on a gathered end. Not sure which way to go, I dont know anyone with one and I am not sure of any group hangs coming up.
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