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    Length of hammock

    My first hammock is an eno. Does the length of a hammock (short 9'4") make it difficult to use a ridgeline? I've noticed every one around me with an eno, looks like a straight line, with no sag.

    Sorry, I searched before I posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Crafty1 View Post
    My first hammock is an eno. Does the length of a hammock (short 9'4") make it difficult to use a ridgeline? I've noticed every one around me with an eno, looks like a straight line, with no sag.

    Sorry, I searched before I posted.

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    No, it doesn't make it more difficult. A ridgeline is always a good idea to ensure a consistent hang angle, regardless of the hammock's length.

    The usual ridgeline length is 83% of the hammock length, so for a 9'4" hammock the ridgeline should be 93". But feel free to experiment with a slightly longer or shorter ridgeline.

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    The lack of sag is usually an indication that the hanger is not very familiar with hammocks. I know my own hammock was fairly taut until I discovered HF, The Ultimate Hang, and hammock campers on YouTube.

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    Adding a ridgeline to my Eno made a big difference in comfort with a flatter, more consistent lay.

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    I would definitely recommend adding a ridgeline. It definitely adds consistency to your hang and increases comfort.

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    Note that the ridge line itself does not add comfort - not in the way a spoonfull of ice cream on a hot day addes comfort.

    The ridge line only allows you to more easily duplicate a setting you have already determined was most comfortable - you have to do that first.

    So you set up your hammock and do what you have to with your chosen suspension to get it so the sag is most comfortable. Note that “flatness” is a result of lying diagonally; not a super tight hammock.

    Once you find that best distance (it’s probably a range, between X and Y length - not an absolute fixed distance), you can measure that distance between hammock ends and make a cord you can attach to the hammock ends that will aid in reproducing that distance - it’s like a very long measuring tape. Whether it you make it “structural” or not is up to you. Structural means it is make of Amsteel (2.2mm or 1.75mm) - something strong enough to hold the load if you need to hang at less then the ideal 30 degrees.

    It also has other uses like a place to hang some pockets for loose gear you don’t want poking through the hammock - car keys, etc. - and a line to flop clothes on or a TQ to air out.
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