Quote Originally Posted by Miguel View Post
I guess I'm a little dense but I still don't understand the purpose of the ring. With a hammock such as mine why can't you run the fixed loop through the channel, run the adjustable end through the fixed loop, cinch it up and still have the adjustable end permanently attached to the tree hugger. It seems like the ring is simply an extra attachment point....why not make it direct? What the heck am I missing here?

You CAN rig it as you suggest. One reason to insert a ring is that the ring provides a non-wicking link so that water wicking down the sling does not make to the hammock. There are other ways to intervene in the water path, but the ring is a good one that is more "esthetic" than a drip-string IMO.