View Full Version : switchback structural ridgleline

rip waverly
06-30-2011, 20:36
is there a structural ridgeline on the switchback?
pics don't show one. looks real interesting, just wonder
about consistent sag,,,,,?

06-30-2011, 20:43
No structural ridgeline.

Think of what you are seeing as a ridge line as a three part system. Inside the netting, there is a length of cord that runs from attachment point to attachment point. At the attachment point on each end of the hammock, outside of the hammock, is shock cord and small line that runs to your tree anchor, your tarp ridge line, etc.

I have taken off the stock shock cord/small line on my SwitchBacks, and have replaced them with short lengths of smaller shock cord to run directly to prussics on my tarp CRL.

The hammock itself does not need a structural ridge line for comfort. Unlike some other hammocks, the SB likes to be hung fairly tight - less than 30degrees of angle. I've found a 30 degree angle hang not nearly as comfortable. I really don't see how you could incorporate a structural ridgeline and keep the netting.

You DO need to either attach the netting pull outs to something to raise the netting, or pull an "Alan":cool: and flip the hammock over making it a "netless" hammock if you don't need the netting.

http://shaneandpamela.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_TTTrail_Gear_Light_Hiker_20110217_013.JPG (http://shaneandpamela.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/TTTrail_Gear_Light_Hiker_20110217_013.JPG) http://shaneandpamela.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/thumb_TTTrail_Gear_Light_Hiker_20110218_035.JPG (http://shaneandpamela.com/cpg/albums/userpics/10001/TTTrail_Gear_Light_Hiker_20110218_035.JPG)

rip waverly
06-30-2011, 20:58
thanks shane.
looks to me like a better skeeter beeter!

i did see one at the oregon hang.. but couldn't really recall the build.
and yeah.. it was hung tight.
real comfy too.

thanks for the user details. i keep getting nudged towards the switchback.