I posted somewhere a few weeks ago that I removed the ridgeline from the two hammock that I had earlier installed them on. That explanation is well said. The other reason I removed mine was to let the hammock find it's own place / hang between the trees naturally. It just bothered me to have that line over my head, and sometimes I would pitch my hammock so that the ridge line was not taught. I liked the feel. Nuff said. They are gone.