Originally Posted by windigo
I just received a new Desert Rat in the mail from Hennessy Hammocks. I have already set it up in my bedroom to test it out. I have slept in it a few nights already and I'm having some of the best nights.
I have tried to use the hammock as a lounger by resting myself on top of the bug net but find it very uncomfortable with the ridgeline there. Is the ridgeline necessary to holding up and/or keeping the hammock stable or is it just there to hold up the bug netting. If it is not necessary then I might cut the ridge line and add some carabiners to the ends of the ropes so I can reattach them at will.
The HH ridgeline is structural - it sets the sag of the hammock, as well as holding up the bugnet and keeping it from being overstretched or torn. Cutting one end and adding a 'biner so it can be temporarily removed is pretty nice, but I wouldn't remove it permanently.